These Hearts
Yours To Take


2.5
average

Review

by whatshisname USER (13 Reviews)
July 16th, 2013 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Average, in every sense of the word.

These Hearts is a band who started around 2009. After releasing a demo, they were signed to Victory Records. Their first album, Forever Ended Yesterday was released in 2011. Produced by Craig Owens of Chiodos, the album received extremely negative reception, and for good reason, the album felt like a cheap Attack Attack/Chiodos rip off with awful vocals and cheesy instrumentation galore. With their sophomore effort Yours To Take, These Hearts show a lot of improvement, but don't do anything that separates them from the countless other bands in their genre of poppy sung chorus', and pseudo-heavy verses.

The album kicks off with This Is Love, featuring Bert Poncet from Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! The first thing noticeable about the song is how much the band has improved from their last release. Vocalist Isaiah Folk's singing has gone from awkwardly high pitched and forced to a lower pitch that sounds as if he's found his comfort zone as a singer. The cookie monster screams have also been improved upon. Musically the album is another improvement, featuring honest to god riffs instead of mindless chugging over and over. The chugging is still there, albeit much less noticeably than on their last album. The song itself features a very catchy chorus, and decent verses. The lyrics are okay, nothing amazing but not terrible. The next song is The Inconvenience. This song is a re-recorded version from the original on the Elephant In The Room EP released in 2012. The lyrics are incredibly corny in this song, opening up with "If you could've heard her, screaming bloody murder." The riff that accompanies the breakdown afterwords is actually pretty cool, but I can't help feeling it would've had more of an impact if the band hadn't repeated it throughout the entire song. Psycho is the song that follows and while this song is better than the last, it's still nothing special. Again the lyrics are lacking and juvenile with a chorus with lines like "Woah-Oh talk about a psycho". Miserable is by far the best song on the album. Granted it's nothing groundbreaking, the song is catchy, the instrumentation is fun, and the lyrics are surprisingly simple, yet up to par.

Here's where the album starts to go downhill though. From here on out the songs seem to blend together into a mess of something that sounds the same. Birds of a Feather is completely uneventful and sounds simply like filler. Undecided Story is one of the better songs, featuring heartfelt lyrics about someone in an abusive relationship. It's really a touching song, and is done pretty well. The next song is War, and features Mattie Montgomery from For Today. The song is a chug fest and like many of the other songs on the album, uneventful. There in lies the main problem with the album. Too many of the songs sound interchangable with each other, and sound like filler. Boring, uninspired songs. Nearly un-listenable songs. The last bright spot on the album is the pointlessly titled LOTR. The song is a straight up Pop Punk song that features the catchiest chorus on the entire album. The last song "Never Mind Me" is an acoustic ballad that should really be avoided. Cliche, boring, and uninspired.

These Hearts have definitely improved on their sophomore outing, but that's really not saying much. The album has it's highlights (Miserable, LOTR), but too many songs are just boring and uninspired affairs that add nothing to the album (War, Birds of a Feather). And then there are downright awful songs (Been Through Hell, Never Mind Me). So despite the improvement, the album is average at best.



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Scoot
July 15th 2013


19184 Comments


lol

TooLateToGoBack
July 15th 2013


1964 Comments


lol i remember these guys

Cygnatti
July 15th 2013


32759 Comments


These guys might be even worse than capt chunk.

whatshisname
July 15th 2013


179 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah I can understand a lot of people not liking this whatsoever, but this is just how I saw it.

Cygnatti
July 15th 2013


32759 Comments


I may not agree with you, but you is aight, my nig.

whatshisname
July 16th 2013


179 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Haha thanks dawg!

Seriously though if you didn't like the new Chunk then you'd despise this, they both sound REALLY similar.

KenboSlice
July 22nd 2013


2991 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Insert fat drummer joke here

DaveyBoy
Emeritus
July 29th 2013


22485 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

Following their much-derided debut, North Dakotan popcore outfit These Hearts take a step up on their exuberant 2nd LP 'Yours To Take'. While still not treading any new ground, the young quintet elevate practically every facet of their craft here, with the vocals of Ryan Saunders especially having improved. The musicianship is also crisper & more cohesive, even if the band clearly still have some work to do on their transitions between the catchy & heavy elements of their music. Surprisingly consistent, 'Yours To Take' is a lean 32 minutes worth that is definitely a step in the right direction. Recommended Tracks: Psycho, Been Through Hell & Never Mind Me.

whatshisname
July 31st 2013


179 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Isaiah Folk is the drummer btw, whoops

joshieboy
September 17th 2013


6473 Comments


Surprised the drummer doesn't break the seat. Dude is bigggggg.

zanx
December 11th 2013


19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm surprised. With the short album length I felt like there was no filler, just pure pop punk fun with some heavy moments from front to back. The lyrics on the "love songs" are cliche pop punk lyrics, but the sincere lyrics I feel are quite down to earth and of high quality.

lignimvite
February 7th 2014


52 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I feel like this band should drop the hardcore side of their music, because I believe they only really shine in their pop punk side. The first two songs and War that are generally heavy are just boring and uninspired.

TheWonderSoFar
February 3rd 2019


3701 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I would have loved this to death when I was 14 and ADTR was my favorite band

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