Review Summary: Nothing original or creative, but fun and catchy.
After checking out There For Tomorrow live at the 2009 Warped Tour, I told myself that I would take the time and listen to their new album entitled "A Little Faster". In the rock/alternative genre of music, There For Tomorrow has quite a fan-base, plenty of teenage girls rushed to see them play live at the Warped venue and was surprised to see how many fans they really have. "A Little Faster" is not an improvement over their self-titled EP, instead it shows a change of approach, a little softer and well put together I must say.
The album begins with 'The Remedy', a faster paced yet average rock song to kick off the album. The one thing I notice right away about both the band and the album is that it seems to steal alot of musical idea's from other alternative bands like them. It's got a rough guitar sound, a fast chorus and nothing more then average musical beats. I really enjoy listening to vocalist's Maika Maile singing, it fits the sound of the band. 'A Little Faster' is one of the better songs of the album, it's pretty upbeat and has a very catchy chorus. The band works alot with effects when mastering the album, placing the drums in the background with a grainy effect.
One of the main things that bring down this album is the fact that there's nothing to creative. Most of the songs are very catchy and fun to listen to, but never something interesting or creative. 'Wish You Away' is a softer song with a very average guitar riff in the verse. It's not an extremely slow song, but it's got a pace a little lower then the first two songs. It does get you moving, I found myself bobbing my head at times. 'Backbone' is my least favorite track off the album, it opens with a fast and strange guitar riff that completely ruins the rest of the album. It just feels out of place, and though the chorus isnt to bad, the rest of the song falls very short. 'Deathbed' is a good example of how the band is using a lot of mastering effects, with a short violin section in parts of the first verse and in the middle of the song. Yet again, the music is nothing creative. Bass is used alot more in this song then usual, especially through the verses.
The first acoustic song on the album is 'Just In Time', an emotional ballad about finding the one you love. "To my surprise/I can't fit in anybody's arms" describes the feeling of being alone, which creates a thoughtful song. Towards the end of it the rest of the guitars jump in and it picks up speed, but it's still a wonderful song. One all the teenage girls will easy fall for. 'Stories' decides to pick up the pace a bit. I find that our vocalist does an extremely good job here, he just hits the pitches well and finds away to place his voice in the song greatly. Now we enter the slower section of the album, 'I Can't Decide' is a very hurtful song, with it's acoustic opening and great chorus, it's one of the emotional side of people. About losing love and being left behind, it's an amazing song. Certainly the best song off the entire CD, it shows great musicianship between all our instrument players and the band as a group.
'Burn the Night Away' is an all acoustic number which is well done and catchy. I listen to this song when I feel good and relaxed, it just makes me feel a little better about myself. It's got a nice acoustic beat and is just a well-crafted acoustic song. To end the album with a song like 'This World Calling' is upsetting, it's just a messy and terrible song. It's one of the songs on the album I just avoid by all purposes. The music's been heard alot and it's just the wrong way to end this album.
Overall, this isnt a bad album, it just doesnt feel to new or original. Alot of the songs are realy well done and fun, but never to new. My reccomendations for their next album, create something new. That's my advice.