New Year's Day - Razor
Female-fronted pop-punk, again?
Paramore wannabes? Not quite. Paramore knows what a power chord is and not to be a billboard of cliches. Not this generic pop-punk outfit, New Year's Day--straight out of California with lyrics like "your whole life is a performance/so let the cameras role" or "friends only for fashion/they only last for a while/before they go out of style." I'm disappointed to live in the same state with these cliche-prone, so-called heart-touching folks. Not only that but when songs come described as "dark in their structure," yet as I click the next button, I just imagine yet another pink-filled Pink Spiders video. I wonder, "How do you figure?" Oh, and they are fronted by the horrible vocalist that is Ashley Hittesdorf.
What's his problem?
Generic doesn't cut it now just like it didn't cut before. If you expecting Hayley--run away. Perhaps songs that have been paraphrased forty time previously (the entire EP) entice you; if so, yes, this album is for you. Perhaps with a full album, they'll have returned everybody else's sound and adopt their own. Fingers and toes crossed.
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