Annabel - Here We Are Tomorrow
Lately there seems to be a sort of resurgence of 90's pop punk/emo. While it's probably not getting the recognition it deserves, some of the more prominent bands are getting their share of the spotlight. Newcomers Annabel have just released their 2nd EP Here We Are Tomorrow, and even though it hasn't completely sold me on the softer side of pop punk, I'm proud to add it to my music library.
It's hard for me to find something to start with, because Annabel is one of those rare bands that combines so many elements on a variety of levels, it creates music thats truly fun to listen to, but extremely difficult to write about. Obviously the first noticable thing is that the EP only carries 5 songs. Some people may disagree with me on this one, but I think this favors Annabel. It doesn't create this situation where I'm sitting in front of my computer waiting for the next song to make notes on, and at the same time, it doesn't make me re-listen to the same song over and over again hoping to find something to comment on. Everything is instantly memorable and as each song passes, I find myself getting lost in the music. Here We Are Tomorrow feels like a collection of songs used in coming-of-age romantic movies. It has a great soundtrack feel and I could visualize each song going with a certain scene. The experience was quite pleasant.
The biggest complaint I have for this EP, which when put into perspective, isn't that big of a complaint, is that the music was a little boring by itself. I mentioned the movie visualization before, and I think that would fit perfectly with any of these songs. So to substitute, I did a little cleaning and some menial tasks, just to give the album a different listen, albiet distracted listen, to see if it held the same attention grabbing sound. The answer, a resounding yes.
I don't know what exactly Annabel was going for with Here We Are Tomorrow. I didn't give this EP a "serious straight faced sit down everything quiet" listen because that's not the feeling I got from it, and I wanted to give this a fair, honest review. It's fun music intended for a fun atmosphere and if you don't have that I suggest you put that at the top of your To-Do list, because nothing will fill that awkward silence better than a little bit of Annabel.
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