Banner Pilot
Souvenir


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Lowe STAFF
May 12th, 2014 | 14 replies


Release Date: 04/15/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Consistency finally catches up to Banner Pilot

After putting out four albums and one EP all with the same general sound, Banner Pilot were bound to let their brand of consistently catchy, anthemic pop-punk tunes catch up to them. While the band's second album Collapser refined the raw, underdeveloped Jawbreaker/The Lawrence Arms worshiping sound the band showcased on their early material, and Heart Beats Pacific added some much needed variety in the form of some mellower songs and more diverse vocal melodies, Banner Pilot's fourth full length album Souvenir is unfortunately too consistent for its own good and ends up feeling like the same song and dance.

Souvenir plays out like a retread of Collapser and Heart Beats Pacific, but with less stand out tracks and no real album feel or distinctive features. At this point in their discography Banner Pilot really needed to do something different to maintain the level of exceptionalism they've become known for; without any real differentiation, Souvenir ends up being nothing more than a collection of pretty good Banner Pilot songs. Like the line from the second track "Effigy": "Even in my best days I'm half of who you are," most other pop-punk bands are half as good as a subpar Banner Pilot record on a good day. With all that being said, Souvenir is no revelation, but it is a highly enjoyable, albeit slightly disappointing Banner Pilot record.



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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2014


54754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album rocks just not as hard as the last two



choice cuts:



Summer Ash: youtube.com/watch?v=U9h8Rx48-L0



Hold Fast: youtube.com/watch?v=hEjF33v_jn0

Digging: Departures - Death Touches Us, From The Moment We Begin To Love

GuanoBumbershoot
May 12th 2014


1619 Comments


agree to a T

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2014


54754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Try not to all comment at once

tommygun
May 13th 2014


26430 Comments


nice soundoff???

Satellite
May 13th 2014


23251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not digging this quite as much as their last couple but it's still solid



this is the perfect length for a review

Digging: Dead to Me - I Wanna Die in Los Angeles

tommygun
May 13th 2014


26430 Comments


i jest :D

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2014


54754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

luv you guys

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2014


54754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no

kenti123
June 9th 2014


157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great album. love it but not as good as heart beats pacific but still

skoopy48
August 17th 2014


1855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album has grown on me a lot, I think its my favorite of theirs.

Hospital
May 13th 2015


2099 Comments


I love these guys

Launch
April 4th 2016


25 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Letterbox has some amazing lyrics

Feather
February 21st 2017


3358 Comments


next album I'm listening to

Satellite
February 21st 2017


23251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is good (and honestly i need to revisit it) but i highly recommend starting w/ heart beats pacific.



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