Review Summary: The South African music industry are growing by the day, and Crashcarburn are certainly on the forefront of it.
Well, most of you will be going:"Who?". Crashcarburn is from South Africa, that's why you might not have heard of them. They're pretty big over here, but they have been touring in the UK over the past year. They're a 4-piece powerpop/pop punk band hailing from Johannesburg (host of the recent Fifa world cup final). This is they're second album, and a big improvement over the first one. They entered the studio in 2009 with producer Mark Trombino, who have worked with Blink-182 and Jimmy Eat World, and he did a really good job on the album.
"Long Live Tonight" starts of with the title track, which is unsurprisingly one of the best songs on the album. It starts of with a fun guitar riff, and features a hella catchy chorus. Moving on to track four, "Twisted", the lead single which is being played on about every radio station in SA. It's a good song, with yet again a memorable chorus. But it's a bit repetitive and can be annoying when you hear it five times on one day. "London Killing" is one of the slower tracks featuring acoustic guitars and 'softer' vocals. "So Long September " is another radio-hit with catchy riffs and great vocals in the chorus. The album features a lot of standout tracks, with minimum filler. The songs i've mentioned are in my opinion the best on the album.
The lyrics are mostly about relationships and the normal pop-punk stuff. While the lyrics are not one of the strong points of the album, the music part makes up for it. Great vocals, good guitar parts and solid drumming throughout. I'm a big Anberlin fan, and by listening to his album I think Crashcarburn have a similar sound to them. If you like really melodic radio-rock and pop-punk, i'm almost certain you will enjoy this album. It's not original or something new, just a good example of melodic rock music. I'll give it a solid 3 out of 5.