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This Time Next Year: Road Maps and Heart AttacksRoad Maps and Heart Attacks (2009)
Equal Vision Records
Reviewer Rating: 3
Contributed by: SloaneDaleySloaneDaley
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Titling your debut you full-length Road Maps and Heart Attacks seems like a conscious attempt to asserting a band’s self-definition, hinting at the desire to carve out the future as well as the unexpected surprises that may come along with it. Like a band named after a Movielife album would suggest, This Time Next Year are shrewd purveyors of the turn-of-the-century pop-punk sound. They obviously know where they are going, but unfortunately that leaves few surprises for the listener along the way; still, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the ride.
If you're walking home tonight, say your prayers keep to the streetlights.Nothing brilliant by any means, but it fits the music perfectly and balances straightforwardness with attempted poeticism nicely.
Road Maps and Heart Attacks, certainly delivers on the promise of establishing This Time Next Year on the pop-punk path we've all seen before, but it lacks any real surprise that the title also hints at. If you are looking for a solid collection of well-produced pop-punk tunes to get you through those dreary winter months, look no further; but if you are looking for something with a little more staying power, you’d be well advised to check elsewhere.
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