This brand new CD exceeds my expectations of newly signed band, The Years Gone By. The intro "This Time, It's Our Time" excites the listener as it transitions into "What Happens In __, Stays In __" which gives the feeling of a careless and fun lifestyle. The energy continues into the next track with "Tell Someone Else, I Don't Care." The lyrics are those you can definitely relate to, and the drum work by Louis Dobrolsky is phenomenal. The next two tracks, "Follow Me Home" and "Reckless" have catchy lyrics and will be stuck in your head for the night. Vocalist Nick Madore shows he can handle singing in most ranges, and does it well. The guitar by Mike Polimine and bass by Will Johnston are perfect throughout the entire CD as well. "Sundays Best" slightly loses the burst of energy, but is a great song on the CD. The track did not stick out to me when I first listened; nevertheless, it is my new favorite. The following song "You Might As Well Be In Space" is upbeat and has a catchy chorus. As the song comes to a close, the next track begins. And when it did, I got goosebumps on my arms. The slow piano song, "Tear Down The Stars" has the ability to make me tear up, and completely obsess over the song at the same time. Nick's piano is stunningly beautiful, and the song is complete with his soft vocals and heartfelt lyrics. You can tell that the lyrics are genuine and Nickolas sang every word with true passion. The energy picks back up within the next few tracks, "Stay Close," "One More Weekend," and "The Problem Is Always You." The closing track on this phenomenal CD is titled "The Real Thing." It's the last explosion of energy and it does the ending of the CD justice. The entire album impresses me, and that says a lot of their lyrical and musical skills. The Years Gone By are extremely talented, and the world should recognize it. Their new album, "Forever Comes Too Soon" is in stores now, I suggest you pick it up.
Rating: 5 out of 5 [SF]