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The Audition: Controversy Loves CompanyControversy Loves Company (2005)
Reviewer Rating: 2.5
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Don't ask how, but I really enjoyed the Academy Is...'s debut full-length. I truly believe it's far and away the best thing to come out of a new school of Chicago pop-punk artists drawing considerably more from Taking Back Sunday and Fall Out Boy than Jawbreaker, but mostly because TAI shook off muc.
Don't ask how, but I really enjoyed the Academy Is...'s debut full-length. I truly believe it's far and away the best thing to come out of a new school of Chicago pop-punk artists drawing considerably more from Taking Back Sunday and Fall Out Boy than Jawbreaker, but mostly because TAI shook off much of the former similarity in question and traded it in for more of a straight, sunny emo pop sound, paced just right, nearly jazzy at points, and mostly never sounding like they're trying too hard. It's too bad none of their peers seem to even creep close to that ambition. The latest middle road example comes in the form of the Audition, whose debut full-length Controversy Loves Company not only falls into said new school rather drop-like, but could very well end up falling into lazy comparisons with TAI. The Audition separate themselves a bit with slightly more strident tempos and a vocalist who heavily resembles Over It's Peter Munters at certain inflections, but unfortunately, it's not quite as memorable or creative despite their attempts at big choruses and soft/loud dynamics track in and out.
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