Lately, I can't stop talking about this band. I've been anticipating this full-length since hearing the boys scream “AH!” at the end of their EP of the same name.
I find myself trying to describe "Days of the Cold" but all I get out of it is, wow, Dave's voice is amazing (a note he hits about 2 minutes in will stop you in your tracks). The subject of the song is pretty cliché but it's done in a unique way.
Every Avenue has the pop punk equation down perfectly with their own little twists. Great hooks in combination with strategically placed ohh and claps, and a little surprise in every song. "Where Were You?" and "Empty Room" are the only two tracks from the EP, and I already talked about them then so check that review out in Issue Seventeen, not enough has changed to write much more about them.
The way the lyrics mimics the tempo in "A Story to Tell" makes it one of the most memorable tracks on the album. "Oh Oh, this is what we do!" is the stand out line in "Boys Will Be Boys." This song has so many tempo changes in only three minutes. Every Avenue knows how to take an average song to an amazing song with 30 seconds of a sample electronic beat or a sing-a-long. As I said, this is what they do.
As they say... "This song is about sluts!" "Trading Heartbeats" is exactly as it sounds, and it varies the woahh's each time because the girl's trading heartbeats, shit can't stay the same. Oh, and yes that is a cowbell. "Freak You!" has a few dark undertones and some darker lyrics if you really pay attention. "Between You and I" is the only attempt at a ballad and shows the range Every Avenue has, and is by far the longest song on the album, but it's impressive, and I never for a moment thought it was drawn out.
I'm in love with the premise of "Chasing the Night" "These are the days in which we'll always remember, chasing the nights to make our days better." Every Avenue has been closing their sets with this song, and there is not a better song to end both their set and their album with. It does make you wish for a few more tracks, or motivates you to get up and have an amazing night, or like I did, listen to the CD about 3 more times.
The EP limited the boys to only a few songs that did not give their talent justice, but with 11 songs, you see a larger spectrum. I can tell they have so much more potential waiting to come out. "Shh. Just Go With It" is... your new guilty pleasure, your new obsession, your new... everything. You can't put this album down and it’s everything I hoped it be. Fearless Records knew exactly what they were doing with this band. Sadly, the album doesn't end the way “AH!” did, because someone missed the boat, so on that note…
SHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! JUST GO WITH IT.
4.5 out of 5 [CO]