Hey Monday
Beneath It All


2.0
poor

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
August 18th, 2010 | 119 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Trite pop music with catchy hooks is forgivable, but when it’s this poorly executed, there’s just no excuse.

Hey Monday has always been Paramore’s adorable little sister. Both female-fronted bands indulge in pop-punk’s cliches; but in most circles Paramore comes out as the clear musical victor before the discussion inevitably turns into a “Who’s Hotter??!?” contest, Cassadee Pope or Hayley Williams (Cassadee Pope is the answer, by the way)? Originally, Hey Monday planned to crown Cassadee pop-punk princess supreme with a scorching hot 2010 summer full-length, but thankfully it was shaved down to a 6-song EP. If these 6 are the best material the Floridians have to offer, I did not want to hear the other 8. On Beneath It All, Hey Monday sounds much more Kelly Clarkson than they do Paramore, and I mean that in the absolute worst way possible.

Inherently, Kelly Clarkson is fairly enjoyable. She’s got spunk. She reminds me of that older sister who’s perpetually oblivious of how annoying she is, yet insists on buying you beer to impress your friends anyway. This comes out spectacularly in her music, and she’s got the pipes to make a genuine impression as well. Before I ramble on about Kelly Clarkson for half the review, let me explain how this relates to Hey Monday, and moreso, to Beneath It All.

The band’s debut was a poppy romp that had no qualms with being overtly sweet and catchy. The sincerity with which Hey Monday created Hold On Tight was endearing, and it almost made up for the lackluster product. It almost made the moderate success they enjoyed from Hold On Tight among adoring teenage fangirls and BallsToTheWall warranted.

That is, until, Beneath It All EP. You see, the success and riches Hey Monday garnered eventually led to their present-day demise, a killingly-sweet, cheesy affair you’d be better off not knowing exists. Hooks, hooks, and more hooks is the formula Hey Monday decided upon, and in effect Beneath It All dropped the punk from pop-punk. “Mr. Pushover” is probably the most putrid example of this, with contrived lyrics to match. Try reading the oh-so-clever wordplay without cringing, ”They're on to me / The haters are hating / The haters, they hate me / Lovers are loving /But the lovers, they hate me too,” much less actually listen to Cassadee sing it. In the end though, I probably would have forgiven Hey Monday for contrived lyrics, it’s the production that pushes Beneath It All completely over the edge. New assets for Hey Monday apparently means more production to the max. The EP is the definition of over-produced with songs “Wondergirl” and “I Don’t Wanna Dance” successfully obliterating any sense of intrigue or subtlety Hey Monday used to embody. Thankfully, Cassadee’s voice is still front-and-center, even if it sounds like a more lackluster Kelly Clarkson. The comparison is easy to make, especially since the uncanny resemblance is heightened by a shared faux-attitude, like Avril Lavigne with a tad more sense. Pope’s vocals are undeniably uninspired, though, as “Mr. Pushover,” contender for worst song I’ve heard this year, serves as the epitome of her lack of range.

The nicest comment I can make about Beneath It All is the inconsistency. Sandwiched between the garbage you can find “Where Is My Head” and “Wish You Were Here,” two songs that show a cinch of imagination in the melody department. Still, Beneath It All is entirely smothered by the production. Trite pop music with catchy hooks is forgivable, but when it’s this poorly executed, there’s just no excuse.



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SeaAnemone
August 18th 2010


20969 Comments


let me know if this reads more like a 1.5 please, it's subject to change.

Also, first new-release review in forever, woo-hoo

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EuphoricDysphoria81
August 18th 2010


1152 Comments


Great review! I pos'd.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 18th 2010


28822 Comments


lmao @ the 5's

gonna listen to this

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SeaAnemone
August 18th 2010


20969 Comments


Ranking: #2 for 2010


guys, c'mon, not funny! : P

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 18th 2010


15082 Comments


i just googled this chick and i think hayley's hotter sry

SeaAnemone
August 18th 2010


20969 Comments


neither are that hot tbh not my kinda girl at all at all

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 18th 2010


28822 Comments


On Beneath It All, Hey Monday sounds much more Kelly Clarkson than they do Paramore, and I mean that in the absolute worst way possible.


wait, kelly clarkson >>>>> paramore.

SlightlyEpic
August 18th 2010


5780 Comments


i think hayley is hotter just sayin'

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 18th 2010


28822 Comments


http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/1391/81e6c892e8a26a31e9oe6.jpg


robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 18th 2010


15082 Comments


i probably like misery business more than anything i know from kelly clarkson (which isnt to say kelly clarkson is bad) but thats like the only paramore song i know lol

SeaAnemone
August 18th 2010


20969 Comments


misunderstood me theacademy. I should rewrite that I guess, but I meant-

Hey Monday is more like KC now. this is neither good nor bad in itself.

Hey Monday makes it bad themselves, it's nothing against KC at all.

edit: didja neg man?

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 18th 2010


28822 Comments


i like 2 drums in misery biz on guitar hero.

SeaAnemone
August 18th 2010


20969 Comments


Balls: when you read this please look past my rating and just know that I namedropped you in the review

fr33convict
August 18th 2010


11705 Comments


what the hell is this?

SeaAnemone
August 18th 2010


20969 Comments


Kelly Clarkson really accents this thread nicely theacademy

TheSpirit
August 18th 2010


18001 Comments


If the average rating is still only a 3.7 and there are higher rated 2010 albums, why is at a 2 for 2010?

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fr33convict
August 18th 2010


11705 Comments


If the average rating is still only a 3.7 and there are higher rated 2010 albums, why is at a 2 for 2010?

that number updates periodically not instantly.

SeaAnemone
August 18th 2010


20969 Comments


I think the way the algorithm works, it only updates every so often, and doesn't count the lower votes yet or something, I'm pretty sure/

fr33convict
August 18th 2010


11705 Comments


hah sea i won.

TheSpirit
August 18th 2010


18001 Comments


I know it updates every so often, i guess i didn't realize this started out with just troll 5's to pull it up so high



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