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Tonight Alive – So What Are You Scared Of?

| 17 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Fearless Records (U.S. Release)

Release Date: February 12, 2012

Rating: 8.5/10

Reviewed by: ToddStar

Another Warped Tour band you ask?  Not here.  Yes, the music is exactly the style you will hear from several bands on Warped Tour… only better.  These guys can play and the vocalist is on top of her game.  I have gotten away from the screaming and am starting to expect my musicians to really play, sing, and entertain me.

“Eject, Eject, Eject” is an instrumental that preps you for the next track, “Breaking And Entering.”  Jenna McDougall tears it wide open with her vocals and properly introduces us to the band on this track.  “Sure As Hell” sounds like it came off of a Blink-182 album during their popular phase.  “Starlight” is another slice of power punk goodness.  These band is what Paramore wanted to be!!  The music and vocals will appeal to a wide audience, making it more accessible to the masses.

“To Die For” sounds a lot like “Starlight,” but then again, several succesful bands have multiple songs that sound alike.  Don’t get me wrong, I know several bands do this, but a winning formula is a winning formula.  “Let It Land” is probably one of my favorites here.  This one seems very introspective and heartfelt.  The drumming here is superb as well – kudos to Matty Best.  “Amelia” is a hauntingly beautiful track that adds depth to the disc.  Again, Jenna does what she does best and draws you into the song with her voice.  “Listening” brings the disc back to the main path with a song that, in my opinion, could have been scrapped, as it seems very bland compared to others here.

“Thank You And Goodnight” featuring Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 is another of the stronger songs.  Mark adds a little more credibility to the disc, but other than that, this song would have been just as good without it being a duet.  “Safe And Sound” is another ballad-type song that displays the musicianship of the players and how well the different pieces of the Tonight Alive puzzle compliment each other.  “Fake It” is sure to get crowds jumping and dancing, without all the anger of a mosh pit.  “What Are You So Scared Of?” is a great track to end the disc with.  I don’t know who tracked this, but the order is perfect and keeps you engaged, even if a song or two don’t grab you at first listen.

This is a good one – it was a second thought grab at Hot Topic.  Saw it and thought, why not… so glad I did.  Now to hound Heather and find out why she didn’t put this one in my inbox for review.

Category: CD Reviews

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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