The Dangerous Summer
Reach For The Sun


4.0
excellent

Review

by Blair Chopin USER (108 Reviews)
May 26th, 2010 | 73 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The future of pop-punk?

The Dangerous Summer were your typical young pop punk band on there debut EP “If Only You Could Keep Me Alive”. The lyrics on the album seemed to try to define young life, relationships and being free but ended up being to immature, simple, and inconsistent. The instrumentation was to water downed and it seemed like on every song you were hearing the same exact riff and the same beat on every one of the seven songs. The songs themselves were also not of the highest quality and did not flow well together even though they sounded alike. The Dangerous Summer though at times showed there great potential on this EP as they were fueled by some powerful riffs (even though they did seem to repeat themselves), good drumming (even though it was inconsistent), and a singer that could have one of the most distinct voices in pop-punk. If The Dangerous Summer could improve there lyrics in a way that used there singers original voice perfectly, produce a great variety of songs, and make good songs that flowed together they could be the future of pop-punk. The Dangerous Summer would try to do this on “Reach for the Sun”, but did they succeed?

The lyrics on “Reach For The Sun” are a drastic improvement over the lyrics on the EP “If Only You Could Keep Me Alive”. The lyrics perfectly describe the struggles in growing up and finding happiness in life, the breakdown to “Where I Want To Be” is the best example of this. The breakdown says that no matter how many struggles we face, it could always be worse and really it’s not that bad. The EP’s lyrics would have just stated how bad the times the character was facing were and would not show the rapid maturation that has occurred in his life. This to me is a drastic improvement and even makes the album somewhat unique in the world of pop-punk. Even the most depressing songs such as “A Space To Grow” have a air of hope in the lyrics. The most important thing lyrically though is that the singer sounds like he feels comfortable singing the lyrics, which is a big difference from the forced choruses and unoriginal verses that litter “If Only You Could Keep Me Alive”. The singer sounds like he is singing an autobiography of his own life or a biography of a character he has created and is very comfortable singing very personal lyrics which to me is a special quality to have. If you have the courage to sing about very personal experiences and journeys in your life without hesitation then the quality of music will go up, and in my opinion the music will be even better if the singer can tell us how he overcame these issues. The lyrics on “Reach For The Sun” are an improvement over those on “If Only You Could Keep Me Alive”, because they fit the vocals of the singer and are very honest.

The instrumentation is also improved on “Reach For The Sun”. The album features a nice mixture of “loud” songs and “soft” songs that flow together nicely. For every “A Space To Grow”, a epic hard rocking narrative of the singers life, there is a “Reach For The Sun” a soft song that is very laid back and catchy. Besides the album not just being made up of generic pop-punk songs the album is also much improved in overall instrumental work. The occasional guitar solo, the in rhythm drumming, and even some piano playing in the background of a couple of tracks give the album a distinct feel that the previous EP lacked severely. The tracks also flow well together and it sounds like a cohesive album, it is always impressive when a band can make tracks flow together that sound a lot different from each other, and this is apparent here on songs such as “Symmetry” and “Surfaced” and “The Permanent Rain” and “Northern Lights”. While the album doesn’t flow together on an elite level, its flows well enough to make “Reach For The Sun” sound like a very solid album.

The songs on “Reach For The Sun” are also very good individually. The opening track “Where I Want to Be” features a good beat, an extremely catchy chorus, and a breakdown that is very emotional, reflective, and overall just a breathtaking way to start the album. “Settle Down” continues the personal theme of the album and perfectly expresses the singer’s discontent with the world. “Surfaced”, is one of the better songs on the album because it combines all of the bands strengths into one song. The riff in the song is very solid, the drumming is the most impressive on the album, and the chorus will be stuck in your head for days. “A Space To Grow”, shows the undeniable progress the band has made from there first EP. The lyrics on here are sick (good) and the song is original for the band because it features multiple breakdowns and is one of the longer songs on the album. “Northern Lights”, is a brilliant soft song with a great chorus and probably the most instrumental simplicity yet originality on the whole album. The lyrics have a lot of good one liners and seem to fit the singers personality perfectly. The other songs are also solid, and “Never Feel Alone” is a great conclusion to the album

Are The Dangerous Summer the future of pop-punk? Probably not since I am predicting it, but they sure have all the qualities to be and if they keep improving to be a great overall band. This album features a lot of good songs and is recommended for any fans of the genre or the band in general.


You need to know what you're into;
I'll tell you I'm a god damn piece of work.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Foxhound
May 26th 2010


4570 Comments


Great review.

cvlts
May 26th 2010


8987 Comments


gettin right now.

good read, welcome back.

Wildcatforever
May 26th 2010


441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks guys! appreciate it

vanderb0b
May 26th 2010


3473 Comments


Cool review, I might get this, sounds pretty good.

Wildcatforever
May 26th 2010


441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah if you are a fan of the genre in general you should like it.

Tempertemperature
May 26th 2010


154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Finally this gets a review. Amazing album.

Thanntos
May 26th 2010


321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yay finally a review. This is a really good album, one of the strong lyrically I've come across. At least in my own eyes because I can relates to quite a lot.

TriangularDuck
May 27th 2010


87 Comments


"never feel alone" is probably my favourite song released last year, in retrospect. great CD.

KritikalMotion
May 27th 2010


2262 Comments


your full collapse review is the first review i read on sputnik

good to see you back, will check this out

Slobo
May 27th 2010


140 Comments


If you're using the possessive it's 'their' not 'there', and it should be 'too' not 'to'.
Ex: 'punk band on there debut EP';'but ended up being to immature'
Otherwise a decent review for an awesome band.

iamSeraph
May 27th 2010


870 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's good, but not _that_ great.
it lacks hits.

ebay
May 27th 2010


501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is AWESOME. i'm so glad it finally got a worthy review. "northern lights" is one of my all-time favorite pop-rock songs.

Wildcatforever
May 27th 2010


441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hahaha that's cool kritikalmotion, and thanks you guys.

henryChinaski
May 28th 2010


2850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

finally a (good) review for this record. i don't listen to much pop-punk, maybe also due to the lack of bands that are really creative and have powerful songs. this album however caught my attention right away. it's simply amazing from front to back. i'm really looking forward to the band's future efforts.

Digging: Angels and Airwaves - The Dream Walker

Wildcatforever
May 28th 2010


441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree ^

DominicV
June 8th 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This is by far the best indie album of 09 truly amazing stuff here. I hope this band continues this route of music. Please not another all time low band.....

DominicV
June 8th 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This is by far the best indie album of 09 truly amazing stuff here. I hope this band continues this route of music. Please not another all time low band.....

Wildcatforever
July 19th 2010


441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought this was a pop punk album. It is a really good album though.

jdennis31
November 14th 2010


6511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agree with everything except your assessment of If Could Only Keep Me Alive... I love those songs haha

SHAKEandBAKE
March 5th 2011


1310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Band is pretty good. Such a terribly generic pop-punk band name though. I almost didn't listen to them because of it.



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