I must say I always get caught up in lead singer, Andrew Goldstein's voice. It's smooth and consistent even during their live show. The opening track of Off The Deep End highlights those vocals, and even contains some decent lyrical content, right until the chorus, where it all goes downhill, with a nice guitar solo to salvage the track.
"Love Letter" is reminiscent of a 90s pop track, which I'm not saying is a bad thing but a bit out of the blue. It even has the breakdowns that you remember from every Backstreet Boy song. "Suicide Sunday," is an anthemic jump up and down tune, that will pull kids in live, more than anything else.
The ballad, "Finding Me Out" is only rememberable because of the creepy stalker undertones, and runs far longer than it should. "Stuttering" is like "Suicide Sunday" perfect to chant at live shows, however the repetition in the chorus is beyond annoying.
"Can't Take That Away" is a sound for sore ears. The stripped down acoustic ballad is a striking difference from the synth infused pop tracks. The song reminds me of the potential this band has, and how much room they have to grow.
After that breath of fresh air, I can honestly say I rolled my eyes with the intro of "How I Met Your Mother." The track paints an amusing story, but becomes repetitive around the second verse. "Hollow," "Unforget You" & "The First Time" are (ironically) forgettable, but "Molly Makeout" is a hilarious and infectious track you'll sing constantly, without meaning to, probably about some girls you know...
"Sorry I Stole Your Gurl" is the perfect dance track to close out the album on it's almost consistent light and fluffy note. The Friday Night Boys' Off The Deep End should be played at a party, or in the background of a road trip--not suitable for headphone listening or anything that would cause any scrutiny of the lyrical content, or restrict you from dancing, since it doesn’t even dip a toe into the deep end. Needlesstosay, the kid's will eat it up.
3.5 out of 5 [CO]