City Lights
The Way Things Should Be


4.0
excellent

Review

by Josh Howe USER (18 Reviews)
December 10th, 2013 | 23 replies | 2,634 views


Release Date: 12/10/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: City Lights grow into their own with a much more mature, honest record.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

City Lights are a 5 piece pop punk from Columbus, Ohio who combines elements of metalcore into an instantly recognisable pop-punk sound.

Pop-Punk is an interesting genre born out of the American skate culture of the 90’s. A genre that had slowly became less popular with the advent of the different types of cores. City Lights have a metalcore twinge that is not necessarily needed, but used to make them unique. Breakdowns in pop-punk are a new element of sound explored by this band. Although not used as much on their debut album, it pops up on songs like ‘’Promises’’ and ‘’See You at the Top’’ while it is not an unbearable trait, it fortunately doesn’t sway the momentum of the song.

Oshie Bichar has a very good voice that suits the style of music perfectly. Album standout ‘’Jeremy’s Song’’ showcases Oshie at his best with some nice variation on his voice and the angst filled lyrics that deal with the tad generic subjects of love, lost, and redemption. ‘’You never paid me respect, l was never good enough for a second glance, l took it out on myself, but it wasn’t me who deserved all the blame, it was you who abandoned me’’ This lyric typifies what City Lights are about. A realisation of where your life is, and that blaming it on the right person is vital to moving on.
The instrumentation is nothing really special, but it does the job well. Guitarists Kamron Bradbury and Jeremy Smith both play some nice riffs, especially on highlight ‘’The Dark Side’’. Chase Clymer is a good bassist, who’s most memorable moment is on ‘’Mistakes’’ where his solo plays over distorted Oshie vocals, a really nice opening to a good song. Drummer Sean Smith is a good drummer with good timing and some interesting, enjoyable fills. His highlight is on ‘’Jeremy’s Song’’.

This album strongest trait is its variety. While some songs have noticeable similarities, towards the back end of the album you hear some darker songs all with a unique feel. Final song on the album ‘’Cold and Grey’’ starts off with acoustic guitar with Oshie singing of a person he did everything for, but got nothing in return. The lyrics as mentioned before are the most generic part about this album. While there are some really good lyrics, there are some dodgy ones. Leaving Here is easily the weakest song on the album and is very poor due to its lyrics. ‘’Tell my friends and family, I’m leaving here for good this time’’ It’s a song that has a bit of immaturity in its teenage type of problem. But that’s what pop-punk is all about; getting out and experiencing what the world has to offer, especially in summer with the sun, surf, and great weather.

City Lights have crafted a fun, mature, and at times dark pop-punk album, that includes enough variety for the listener. While it may not be for all, this band all about having a good time and songs you can shout at the top of your lungs during those summer months. This will be one of my soundtracks to my summer. Enjoy.



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joshieboy12345
December 10th 2013



5257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm really enjoying this, and the more mature sound. Progression is really nice, but a few of the metalcore traits remain as mentioned in review.

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nononsense
December 10th 2013



3263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Would have liked to see you talk about the occasional dual vocals, but good review.

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J0ckstrapsFTW
December 10th 2013



3585 Comments


Really dug their last album. I'm about 2 songs in and its pree good

skoopy48
December 10th 2013



1308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. Album is probably more catchy than their first, not sure how they managed to do that.

AtomicShane
December 10th 2013



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yup, dope album is dope

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joshieboy12345
December 10th 2013



5257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah sorry about that, l should of talked more about the dual vocal system they do pretty well. See You At The Top is the best example of it.

TheGreatQ
December 11th 2013



942 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"The Dark Side" is my favourite off here. Album rules.

AtomicShane
December 11th 2013



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that's probably my favorite track off this too ....shits so catchy

joshieboy12345
December 12th 2013



5257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd say Jeremy's Song first, then Dark Side. Fear is a disease, and hope is the only cure. Really nice lyric.

accompliceofmydeath
December 16th 2013



4083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

guyz, see you at the top is the fucking jammmmmm

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joshieboy12345
December 21st 2013



5257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Dark Side >>>>

AtomicShane
December 21st 2013



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i hope they make another acoustic ep for this album...i love singing that shit

joshieboy12345
December 27th 2013



5257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh hell yeah. They do acoustic well.

lucasjcockcroft
January 23rd 2014



3670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol

AtomicShane
January 23rd 2014



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not all chugs are breakdowns breh

lucasjcockcroft
January 24th 2014



3670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I meant that the "metalcore" thing was WAY more prevalent on the debut than it is on this



joshieboy12345
January 24th 2014



5257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well that was my point......

lucasjcockcroft
January 26th 2014



3670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

my bad dude
I read it too fast
good review doe

DAKODA
January 30th 2014



44 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this band has really developed a solid sound. absolutely love this record! good review too!

Killerhit
January 30th 2014



4528 Comments


Nice



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