Review Summary: Overall, this EP leaves some things to be desired, but it achieves its goal of being a fun and catchy release that you can't help but sing along to.
Pop music has taken many forms in the past 50 years. From the Beatles to Blondie, and from Avril to Brittney, it has infiltrated the popular culture of the world, changing with the current trends. Pop demands that you sing even the most hated of songs because of their undeniable catchiness. I'm sure I'm not the only one who have caught themselves singing the lines " Making my way downtown, walking fast, faces pass and I'm homebound" followed by a poorly sung piano melody. It just sticks with you, whether you like it or not.
Now that being said, Hey Monday have been able to write the kind of pop songs that you like having stuck in your head. Their first release, "Hold On Tight", was nothing groundbreaking, just a collection of fun and catchy tunes that never really get old. Their second release, EP "Beneath It All", is 6 more songs of just that, fun. "Beneath It All" sounds exactly like front-woman Cassadee Pope said it would, and that being " 90's era pop." Songs such as "Wondergirl" and "Mr. Pushover" really do ring that 90s era vibe, but at the same time, still sounding contemporary.
The beautiful Cassadee definitely has the voice for pop, and tends to hook you in with a plethora of catchy choruses. Track number 4, "Hangover", has one of the catchiest choruses that Hey Monday has written to date, rivaling that of "Run, Don't Walk" and "Arizona".
Instrumentally speaking, there is nothing special about the EP. It is what you should expect from pop. Simple power chords and single string melodies are what encompasses the sounds from both guitars. The bass keeps a simple groove to follow the cliche, but fitting drum patterns. Overall, the instruments are really there to just back Cass' vocals, and provide the backbone of the catchy sound that is thoroughly present in the EP.
Though having it's flaws, this EP will still have you singing along, if you give it more than one listen.
You obviously don't like the same kinds I do. And being relatable is a part of having good lyrics, period. It's the ability of lyrics to connect with the listener. If you were someone young and female like Cassadee, I think they would have a good chance of connecting.
I still didn't like your review, BTW. Just thought maybe it wasn't bad enough for my neg.
a) "you obvious don't..." that wasn't my point at all, I'm simply saying I enjoy simplicity and catchiness just as much as you do, I think, no matter if it's the "same kind"
b) ok, yes, maybe that's one small aspect, but I have to keep asking... what makes these lyrics good? "Candles"? seriously, every song on here is trite and not very well-written. can you point out what you find positive about the lyrics please, instead of saying "somebody somewhere can relate to them so in effect I like them"?
No, because we'd disagree, and we'd just go round and round on the lyrics all day. I like the lyrics and you don't - end of story. One man's bad lyric is another man's gem; it's part of what music so subjective.