The Rocket Summer - Calendar Days
Bryce Avary, the one man band surprised me with this one. My friend pretty muched forced it onto me. At that time, Jack's Mannequin was the extent of my collection in that genre but he ensured me i'd like it. After i gave it a try, i fell for it, this album especially. His voice to most is unappreciated at first, but once you get over that, you like the music alot more. The song that made me like Rocket Summer had to be What We Hate, We Make. It starts out and you picture him just playing along and singing with a little Casio 5 dollar keyboard, but as the song progresses it gets bigger and better, especially after the first chorus. He adds a very good Pink Floydish touch in the middle by having kids sing the title line. I can't get over this song.
Another mentionable is Movie Stars & Supermodels. It's definitley song that (corny enough), kinda makes you want to dance. Yet when you look further into the song, you really love it. Its really simple and very effective. Next we have the 80's inspired song Saturday. Its good and catchy yet it seems like it doesnt quite fit into the album. Although the next track, She's My Baby gets us back on track. It can give you a Hellogoodbye..but better, feel throughout the album nevermind this one song. Next is my personal favorite, TV Family. Its acoustic intro make the title track very appealing. I love how all of the other instruments come in after the chorus. It is a very light and happy song on the outside. But when you look into it its ironically a very sad song. So maybe Bryce didnt peel off the proverbial emo label in this one but it is one hell of an album.
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