Grown Ups
Songs


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
March 12th, 2010 | 119 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More fun than berating defenseless Sputnik users.

Zazz: the quality of standing out through a distinct, fun, demeanor and a lovable attitude; also can be defined as the essence of coolness. In the imaginary dictionary in my head I oft refer to, there’s now a picture of that DIY cover for Grown Ups’ Songs next to the definition. Songs is just teeming with zazz. Songs is such an immediately likable EP and incredibly easy to listen to, it baffles me how little-known they are. Then again, there’s a multitude of things in today’s state of music that baffle me- like obsession over singles for instance. Ignore me, that’ s neither here nor there. Grown Ups strewn Songs with enough zazz to sink a ship. The infectious emo is complemented with catchy hooks and occasional gang vocals that only make this easier to love. At times Grown Ups seem almost too DIY for their own good. The kitsch album art is a big factor in this, as is the original name of the EP, Songs. When it comes down to it though, Grown Ups are like the new puppy that chews up your favorite pair of socks, they’re just too easy to forgive.

Grown Ups aren’t the only ones... 2009 saw an influx of catchy emo bands that seemingly don’t take their music very seriously. Adorno and Joie de Vivre pulled off this aesthetic quite successfully, but it seemed to be Snowing that garnered the most attention for this particular attitude. Can I make a proposal? Nothing against Snowing, but can we take that sizable amount of awareness and respectfully distribute it to Grown Ups’ little release here instead? Songs is superb in the sense that it fulfills everything I look for in an emo release based around fun. Reminiscent of good times? Check. Teensy breath-taking moments? Check. One song that I feel like I can listen to for hours on end? Check (“Surprise Party”). Granted, Songs’ short length doesn’t blow me away, but Grown Ups is able to make up for this because every song is so lovable it’s easy to go right back to “Surprise Party” after “Three Day Weekend” trails off. I’m not promising anything groundbreaking here, Grown Ups simply rehash a tried-and-true style. Though, I am promising an immediately lovable set of 4 short and sweet songs with a near-infinite amount of zazz.



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SeaAnemone
March 12th 2010


20834 Comments


ugh this is too catchy for its own good I swear. oh, and sorry for not talking about the music at all.

PirateSquid
March 12th 2010


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really good review. Love the summary. Downloading : D

ziroth
March 12th 2010


1252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome, a review for this. You review some good stuff, Anemone.

I'm obsessed with Three Day Weekend, the cough in that song is just perfect.

sniper
March 12th 2010


19080 Comments


Is this post-rockish?

SeaAnemone
March 12th 2010


20834 Comments


thanks guys : ) I agree about the album obvi... and naaa can't really say it's post-rockish shane, sorry

SeaAnemone
March 12th 2010


20834 Comments


hola neg : (

sniper
March 12th 2010


19080 Comments


I will download it anyway, because I tend to like the same skramz you do.

AggravatedYeti
March 12th 2010


7685 Comments


that zazzy huh? i wasn't interested in this at all until now.
woo!

SeaAnemone
March 12th 2010


20834 Comments


haha thanks ck, and cheers everyone else too!




except you! random negger!

EVedder27
March 12th 2010


6088 Comments


zazzy review

Romulus
March 12th 2010


8447 Comments


I think you made a defenseless Sputnik user angry. I'll pos cause it's undeserved and a good review.

sniper
March 12th 2010


19080 Comments


This album is more than okay but less than awesome.

SeaAnemone
March 12th 2010


20834 Comments


what's your blog? I got mine off a stinky site called Monkeys With Artillery

SeaAnemone
March 12th 2010


20834 Comments


lol pos spree to combat the random neg... thanks guys :')

SeaAnemone
March 12th 2010


20834 Comments


anybody mind that I never review bad albums?

cept things that Sputnik likes unnecessarily like Bat For Lashes or Built to Spill's latest of course.

EVedder27
March 12th 2010


6088 Comments


I don't either so high five

SeaAnemone
March 12th 2010


20834 Comments


*high five... true! I never noticed til now

EVedder27
March 12th 2010


6088 Comments


I need to get that 1 out of my system. Problem is I don't listen to anything I think will suck.

kitsch
March 12th 2010


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

*kitschy album art

thanks for the shout out bro

also: dont use the word zazz unless youre typing from the 1950s

otherwise, cool little write up.

theyve got a new record coming out in may, im pumped


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Lie to me
Tell me of lost loves and former glories
Lie to me
Tell me every great, ironic story
Oh I'm fucking dying to know who keeps you company
But I'm not sure if I can stay up anymore
I'm not sure
And I'm not sure if it's worth singing anymore
I'm not sure

SeaAnemone
March 13th 2010


20834 Comments


kitsch's approval = I win the world



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