Review Summary: City Lights debut album is a throw back to 90s music in general that will be loved by all.1 of 3 thought this review was well written
Let's go back to the late 90s and the early 2000s, a time where pop punk bands ruled the scene with acts like For Year Strong, New Found Glory and Sum 41. Bands that released simplistic, catchy music that generally gave a good sense of happiness while listening to it. Jump forward to today where most professional reviewers claim to have been swamped by a never ending barrage of metalcore and post-hardcore bands described with phrases such as “Generic” and “Breakdown filled”. While this may be true, most of the music community long for something new. I respectfully disagree. As a person from the 90s I can say that I long for something forgotten and nostalgic.
Nay sayers, 90s men and women and reviewers look no further because the band City Lights have released a debut record that one can't help but be hit with a familiar smile long passed.
City Lights debut album titled “In It To Win It” delivers with every track, each of which has something that makes it shine. The intro track leading straight into Hang Out really gets us prepared for what type of band City Lights are. Whether it be the Four Year Strong like group chanting, or the perfect instrumentals, City Lights have you excited for the next song on the track list to surprise and excite you. Another aspect that jumps out at you are the backing vocals performed by Brandon McMaster formerly of Sleeping with Sirens that make the chorus or verse that much crisper.
Songs like Please Let Me Know, Trophy Room and My Entire Life are the hard hitters of the album that shine like no tomorrow. Breakdowns that just make you light up, instrumentals that flow and lyrical content that glues it all together.
I Made a Song on Garage Band and all I got was this Lousy Record Deal in my opinion is the song that the album really leads up to. Just when you think the album couldn't be done better, this song rolls along.
The final song, What it Takes, perhaps not the best closer for an album but does well at giving us one last nostalgic feeling of happiness.
The acoustic version of Lawnmower is really just the icing on the cake. The song that I thought wouldn't have been done in an acoustic setting as well as others, but is pulled off excellently.
All in all, City Lights debut album is a throw back to 90s music in general that will be loved by all. A perfect debut for a band that has a bright future. In the words of Man Overboard, defend pop punk; well that is exactly what has happened. Well done guys.