The album starts with the rocker Burn with it’s driving guitars and strong vocals. Burn is a pretty standard rock song, but it’s done well.
Just Like You
Just Like You is one of the songs on this album that would probably do well on rock radio. It has a format that many rock singles have had, but I believe this song has a good quality about it. Obviously it’s tight and performed well, and the accents are in the right places.
I Hate Everything About You
Possibly the best song on the album, and the most obvious choice for a radio single. It’s a good rocker, but it might actually be picked up by AC radio as well, eventually. It’s very catchy and it makes for good singing/shouting along. Lyrically it’s more clever than you’d think at first.
Home is one of my favorites off this album. It has a good straight-forward rock approach without trying to make it all fancy. It has great guitar work and there’s a certain anger in this song which makes the emotion shine through. The band also shows that they know how to work the music so that it brings out the lyrics very nicely.
Scared reminds me of a whole bunch of other songs by a bunch of other songs. Besides, the vocals and production aren’t as well done as on most of the rest. The track, in itself isn’t all that bad, and is actually pretty catchy, but it doesn’t really show too much creativity or originality.
Let You Down
I like Let You Down though it’s not even all that amazing. But it’s a well-performed song that you can compare to contemporaries like 12 Stones, among others. There’s enough energy and passion in it to make the song work. And live it would probably be one of the better songs.
Now Or Never
Not really one of the band’s best efforts. It’s nicely performed, but the songs is quite standard and a little more creativity and passion are lacking in this song.
Born Like This
One of the better songs on the album. Born Like This has that anger and passion again, where the song and the music stand for something. A good variation in tempo and loudness also adds to the dimensions of the song that shows this band is definitely worth listening to.
Drown might have some radio quality too. It follows nicely after the last song and works as a sing/shout along. Another good song for live performances I would think. It might not be the most inspirational song and it might hint to bands like 12 Stones, Staind, Nickelback, etc. but something that’s well done, is well done, right?
On Wake Up the sound shifts a little. You can hear the strength of the vocals and melody this band can portray if they choose to do so. There’s a good amount of creativity and variety in this track, that makes it one of the strongest efforts on this debut.
Take Me Under
Take Me Under pretty much does the same thing that Wake Up did, just not as good. It’s a decent song, but that’s it. It will probably be a favorite for live shows with it’s huge energy, but the song doesn’t convince as much as the one that comes before it.
The band ends their first full-length with this alternative song, which I didn’t care for at all the first couple of listens. In the meantime it has grown on me somewhat, but I’m still not a big fan of it. It shows some qualities, like how the band performs as a unity and the interaction between them is good, but the song itself can’t really convince.
This self-titled debut is a good start for this young band. They show they have the energy and passion to become a solid rock band in this modern day and age. Songs like Burn, I Hate Everything About You, & Home show talent and with the right amount of dedication this band might be able to flourish. The competition will be stiff though.