The Dangerous Summer
Golden Record


4.0
excellent

Review

by TooManyFriends USER (11 Reviews)
August 1st, 2013 | 132 replies


Release Date: 08/06/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Musically? Better than ever. Emotionally....?

It’s not a stretch in any sense of the word to call The Dangerous Summer “emotional”. Quite the contrary, actually; for the entirety of their career, the band has excelled at writing relatable, impassioned songs that hit just as hard in your heart as they do in your ears.

Of course, we can’t even begin to speak about that aspect of the band without mentioning their frontman and sentimental core, vocalist AJ Perdomo. It’s exceedingly possible that there is no one in the alternative rock world as good as Perdomo at projecting what they feel in such a heart-on-their-sleeve fashion, as evidenced by his often strained, occasionally unstable vocal delivery, and his ability to write lyrics so unbelievably honest and out-front you’d swear the song was written just for you. Make no mistake, this part of the band has not gone away on Golden Record, which is far and away the darkest album the band has ever put to paper.

While the band’s second outing, War Paint, was criticized for sounding too similar sonically to their first album Reach for the Sun, they’ve made a marked improvement in that department on Golden Record. It’s difficult to picture “Drowning” and “Knives” fitting in on either of their previous records, specifically the latter, which is almost certainly the bleakest, most grim song they’ve created to date. Perdomo should also take some credit (or blame?) for this change, as on Golden Record, his voice is more strained than ever; it's not unfitting, however, often working with the gritty source material like the aforementioned “Knives” to near perfection. The album is not all gloomy and somber, though, as it absolutely has its share of “classic” Dangerous Summer songs. The most notable is certainly “Miles Apart”, with its bombastic chorus, reverberated guitar effects, and passionate vocal and lyrical delivery from Perdomo all harkening back to their prior work.

As for Perdomo’s bandmates, one can rest assured that the lineup changes the band has recently undergone have not tinkered way too much with their sound. New axe man Matt Kennedy absolutely kills it from start to finish, delivering tasteful licks on songs like “Into the Comfort” while still maintaining the chemistry with Perdomo that previous guitarist Bryan Czap always had. New drummer Ben Cato is an ace behind the kit, bringing a masterful combination of the drumming chops and technicality on Reach for the Sun (see “Catholic Girls) and the straightforward grooves of War Paint. When the band is operating at peak capacity as they do on closer “Anchor”, a throwback to Reach for the Sun reminiscent of that album’s stellar closer “Never Feel Alone”, there’s almost nothing more satisfying.

Golden Record is certainly not flawless, however, and my main gripe with the album has to do with the emotional aspect previously mentioned. It’s extremely difficult to discern what it is, but on the band’s first two album’s, there was always this present combination of Perdomo’s poignant delivery and instrumentation that just hit home almost every single time, which is probably why Reach for the Sun is considered their masterwork; yeah, the songs all sound kind of similar, but they display such a wide range of emotions, whether happy, sad, or completely depressed, that it just tugs relentlessly at the listener’s heartstrings. Yeah, Golden Record has that…. to an extent. When you listen to songs like “Drowning” and “I’m So Pathetic”, however, it just isn’t there. And that’s what kills the most; that emotional aspect this band has always possessed in some way or another, without ever really trying, is not present for a large portion of this album. This will probably be the reason people will always look back with fonder memories of Reach for the Sun and War Paint than Golden Record.

Don’t get me wrong, as Golden Record is a good record; a great one, actually. But while one could easily write it off as being too emotionally attached to their previous albums, Golden Record is not on the same emotional level as they once were and it’ll be tough to get to the level their first two albums are at until they re-establish that connection. Golden Record ultimately succeeds, however, as musical growth for a band accused of stagnation. This is the best they have ever been musically, no doubt; and if we can ever get a record out of them with the musical prowess of this album and the sentimental power of their previous ones, it will truly be something special.



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TooManyFriends
August 1st 2013


732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

stream: http://www.rocksound.tv/features/article/the-dangerous-summer-golden-record-track-by-track-stream

Cygnatti
August 1st 2013


21897 Comments


recommended by reviewer
Kanye West Yeezus
pos'd.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2013


20077 Comments


that was fast lol

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2013


20077 Comments


cyg you tard already giving this a 2

Cygnatti
August 1st 2013


21897 Comments


a rating is a rating as long as it's not a troll rating, atari.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2013


20077 Comments


the stream was posted 5 minutes ago lol :3

Cygnatti
August 1st 2013


21897 Comments


it leaked yesterday, and how does that invalidate my rating but not anyone elses?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2013


20077 Comments


dude i give you a hard time about your ratings all the time you know i'm just kidding around. I could care less

Cygnatti
August 1st 2013


21897 Comments


< 3 you, atari.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2013


20077 Comments


:D seriously though is this better than warpaint or about the same?

Cygnatti
August 1st 2013


21897 Comments


about the same, instrumentation is more betterer and it's more varied, but the music is still exactly how you'd expect it to be, for the most part. I find his singing too histrionic to enjoy. he's been singing the same sad and sorry tune for too long that I can't help roll my eyes at.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2013


20077 Comments


Lol war paint is a 3.5 - 4 for me but I do know what u mean

henryChinaski
August 1st 2013


2840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool a review already.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2013


20077 Comments


yeah pretty good review.

"As for Perdomo’s bandmates, one can rest assured that the lineup changes the band has recently undergone have not tinkered way too much with their sound"

maybe it's just me but i think this sentence would read better if you removed the word "way" .

also not sure how I feel about starting a sentence with the word Yeah :P but pretty solid review have a pos





TooManyFriends
August 1st 2013


732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for the tips, still trying to get back into writing things but I thought I did ok on this review

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2013


20077 Comments


yeah good job man. those are just minor, nitpicky things

Rawrz
August 1st 2013


153 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Loving the hell out of this album, especially Knives and Anchor

ABjordanMM
August 1st 2013


1443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening to this right now. Really like the album art for some reason.

Ponton
Emeritus
August 1st 2013


5816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

best band ever

henryChinaski
August 2nd 2013


2840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review indeed. I currently really like Into The Comfort.



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