Somewhere between the Starting Line and Fall Out Boy, Valencia reside.
Now that only two people are reading this review...I kid. But seriously, if you want originality, Iíd advise you look far, far away from This Could Be a Possibility, as this album encompasses everything already done by the genre hundreds of times, and brings nothing new whatsoever to the table. But judging them at nothing more than face value, I canít say this is an entirely worthless effort.
The rhythms are tight, the production fresh, and the songwriting shows a relative maturity that shouldnít have to be brought into question. Again, itís only hitching a ride on a train thatís long since left the station, but itís still got a tight grip on that car. Aside from a track or two, itís all mid-paced pop-rock with infectious hooks galore, and relatively basic melodic guitar work, and it establishes itself early on. All is well until the fourth track, ďTenth Street,Ē causes a break in the momentum, with a slower, relatively boring song. Thereís nothing wrong with breaking up the monotony to put a song with a different style in there, but the song simply isnít ďgood.Ē The jangly guitar work and uninspired vocals just donít sit well with me, and neither do the junior high lyrics. ďThe Closest I Am to Living Life on the EdgeĒ speeds things back up, but the lyrics donít stray far, with lines like ďThe heart will break but it does not bend." At this point, Iíd say that itís better to not even listen closely enough to hear the lyrics, and instead focus on the singer's voice. Itís strong, crystal clear, and he can carry some great melodies that frankly just makes the rest of the song sound better. ďWill We Ever Know How?Ē resides about halfway through the album, and is really the highlight of things, as the guitar work is able to really shine, and the vocals finally sound sincere enough to really believe. But when it comes down to it, itís too little, way too late.
Thereís a great track here and there, but this is nothing to see, nothing to stop and look at. Valencia's brand of pop-rock is nothing more than a flash in the pan.