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Mayday Parade

Mayday Parade: A Lesson in RomanticsA Lesson in Romantics (2007)
Fearless Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


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My attention was originally directed toward Mayday Parade by their addition to the under-the-radar Punk Goes Acoustic 2. Having never heard them before, I was extremely impressed by the songwriting and vocals on their piano version of "Three Cheers for Five Years." So it was only natural to get my h.
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My attention was originally directed toward Mayday Parade by their addition to the under-the-radar Punk Goes Acoustic 2. Having never heard them before, I was extremely impressed by the songwriting and vocals on their piano version of "Three Cheers for Five Years." So it was only natural to get my hands on their 2006 EP Tales Told by Dead Friends and their newest release, A Lesson in Romantics.

If you are familiar with this band, you can expect more of the same on Romantics, but this isn't a bad thing. The same energy and smart lyrics found on their 2006 EP are present throughout the album. However, despite any similarities and the fact that only a few months passed between the two releases, Romantics definitely sounds like a more mature record. The music is tight with engaging hooks and great production. Every song seems to have something to catch your attention, and in the weeks since getting my hands on it I've listened to the album in its entirety several times.

While Romantics as a whole is a great record, there are, or course, standout tracks. "Black Cat" starts off with a chorus that brings to mind something you'd expect from the Academy Is..., and towards the end becomes a high-energy romp starring a strong guitar solo and breakdown hook of "this jealous actress has a habit of making things sound way too tragic." There's more than a touch of emo on the album, as well, as evidenced in the track "Walk on Water or Drown" where the chorus ends "sing me a song, it's been too long since I've heard you sing." The same is true on "Jersey," with the chorus of "Jersey just got colder and / I'll have you know I'm scared to death / That everything that you had said / To me was just a lie until you left."

Speaking of emo, Mayday Parade decided to take a break halfway through Romantics with the track "Miserable at Best," which emulates the Punk Goes Acoustic formula of two vocals and piano. Normally I'd complain about switching from faster, energy-driven tracks to a slow, piano love song. In this case, the complaint is hard to register because the lyrics are so well-written and both vocalists seem to work around and with each other to provide a song that still ends up catchy, even if it is slow. Still though, it would been better served as a bonus track or record-ender instead of nearly bringing the album to a screeching halt.

I could say pretty much the same things about almost every track on Romantics. If you're looking for fun music with catchy hooks, talented musicians, and vocalists who can actually sing well, this is a band you need to check out. This is a band I plan on following to see what they can do in the future as they continue to mature.

 

 
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genebuonaccorsi (December 5, 2007)

If that's directed towards someone that would rate this highly, are they really gonna change their mind when they go and listen to 3 drastically different bands?

Hopefully. Good music is good music. Listening to good music makes bad music sound bad. The similarity of the bands had nothing to do with it.

someone-yeah (November 1, 2007)

The cover art reminds me of the honor system

score is for the honor system

inagreendase (October 31, 2007)

Listen to Small Brown Bike, Bear Vs. Shark or Fugazi and tell me if this album is still worth an 8 rating.

If that's directed towards someone that would rate this highly, are they really gonna change their mind when they go and listen to 3 drastically different bands?

Deadpan (October 31, 2007)

Incredulous comment in regards to the score.

jacktheskipper (October 31, 2007)

WRRrrrooooooooonnnnggg!

HeresLookinAtYou (October 30, 2007)

Nope.

usversusthem (October 30, 2007)

I really enjoyed the version of "When I Get Home You're So Dead" on "Tales Told By Dead Friends" but the one on this one has been polished to death. Score is for guilty pleasures being not even pleasurable any more.

genebuonaccorsi (October 30, 2007)

I really really hope that this review is some kind of sick joke.
There are so many shitty bands releasing this exact same CD every week. While unique and inventive bands aren't rare they certainly are less common than carbon copies of the entire poppunk/emo/whatever movement.
Listen to Small Brown Bike, Bear Vs. Shark or Fugazi and tell me if this album is still worth an 8 rating.

elephantdwarf (October 30, 2007)

this review is a joke, right? or do people actually think this crap is good? isn't there enough Fall Out Boys in the world?

SloaneDaley (October 30, 2007)

you shouldn't be speaking of emo

GlassPipeMurder (October 30, 2007)

"Jamie All Over" is a ridiculously cute song.

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