The Dangerous Summer
The Dangerous Summer


2.9
good

Review

by Rowan5215 STAFF
January 28th, 2018 | 51 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: come down - all the fighting's over

I'm always awestruck when a bread-and-butter genre like pop punk gets fucking furious. I mean, many of us can and will grumble about suburban white kids who just play four chords and make money having nothing to complain about, and fair enough. But it's in that automatic brush-off – the oh, it's just pop punk, nothing below the surface here assumption – where the potential for the assassination lies. What I'm saying is, I love when guys in this genre get pissed off and scream a bit about it. It's the unexpected moment of weakness, like on Dude Ranch when Mark starts to shout "I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry" a little too sincerely over a tense double-time, or the first time you heard Matt Skiba pry open his throat to scream the chorus of "Radio", or when Max Bemis collected all the pages of his vitriol-spewing diaries from the floor and spat them out over "Admit It!!!". Watching wannabe punks on skateboards trying to take over the world is the appeal of the whole damn genre, anyway; they might as well get mad at that world in the process.

There is a point to be captured in that rambling diatribe, to wit; I miss when The Dangerous Summer sounded somewhat dangerous, man. I understand why the glossy sheen of Reach for the Sun looms so large over their discography for many, but these days even "The Permanent Rain" never gives me what I'm really looking for despite its undeniable beauty. I found it on "Work in Progress", their best jam to date; I found it there in AJ's agonised, staticky screams at the end, and in the way the gargantuan chorus melody clashes with the small, confused anger of "I know hate, cos I see it in everyone around me". I found it again, briefly, on Golden Record, in the seething "Knives" and the hook of "Miles Apart" if nowhere else. The Dangerous Summer is a good album – to the point, uncomplicated, and arguably the most digestible teaser palette anyone looking to get into the band could ask for. It's also just not fuckin' angry enough.

Fans of Reach for the Sun will be pleased, as The Dangerous Summer is a glossy, poppy number which knows what it does well and sticks to it. I don't mean to diminish that, but it's not what I came here for; AJ's rugged chorus on "Valium" is the closest the album gets, and even that is polished to the point of having none of the rough-and-tumble charm they took three albums perfecting. Actually, the best moments here are when the pendulum swings the other way: any pop-punker who can dedicate a song to their daughter has truly outgrown the genre's fatal 'act young forever' mentality, and "Luna" is growing older at its sentimental finest. The elegant slower pillars of "Ghosts" and "Infinite" recall Golden Record's shattering builds, albeit without any of the jagged edges. Appropriately for a self-titled, the band's various sounds all seem to have found a home here, and appropriately for this band's self-titled, that involves a crop of barely memorable songs alongside the diamonds. Every song that demonstrates a new outlook is followed by a "This Is Life", a barely qualified Reach for the Sun wannabe with the kind of lazy chorus - "do you remember me like I remember you" - that makes me remember why people hate pop punk in the first place.

Maybe, like those teenage skateboard punks I mentioned earlier, this older and calmer The Dangerous Summer have nothing to complain about anymore. Maybe their pissed-off selves are just simmering under the surface - "there's a hole somewhere where my old self lives", AJ moans to kick off the album, sounding for all my money like the world's most convincing Dustin Kensrue impersonator. You almost certainly don't come here for the same things I do, and this time around that's for the best, because I mark these moments by how often AJ's voice breaks or the guitars rise above a catchy strum. The feeling is still there, without a doubt, just not the one I came to hear.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
January 28th 2018


40579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.9

tl;dr i like old thing better than new thing

Digging: Alkaline Trio - Is This Thing Cursed?

Crawl
January 28th 2018


2522 Comments


I'll let you breathe your own air

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 28th 2018


27710 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nooo Rooow



Edit: Review is beautiful but opinion is ugly :-( This might be my new favorite album by them

StickFeit
January 28th 2018


940 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Woa now, this is boring.

Digging: Bedhead - Beheaded

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
January 28th 2018


40579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.9

yeah but it got me to jam War Paint again and lord what an album

Crawl
January 28th 2018


2522 Comments


Great review Rowan by the way, kinda sums up what I think about this band, except I like it all a bit more. I like their angry moments the most as well. This is shaping up to be a 3.5.

joshieboy
January 28th 2018


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review bro. After a couple of listens, I think it's a 3.5. I'm glad they're back. And yeah War Paint is still such a great album. Can listen to it back to front and never need to skip a song.

Hopelust
January 28th 2018


3088 Comments


I'm surprised Rowan. The only immediate problem I have with this album is that it's winter.

This is Life is one of their best songs to date. Love the percussion.

Digging: Circa Survive - Blue Sky Noise

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
January 28th 2018


40579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.9

that chorus is just awful, though I'll admit to liking the spacey kind of vibe of the instrumental



do I spot a joshieboy comment? can it be?

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 28th 2018


27710 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

that chorus is one of the best moments in their discog for me



This Is Life, Fire, Ghosts, Valium, and Infinite are all 4.5 caliber songs or better

Hopelust
January 28th 2018


3088 Comments


There's a chorus?


Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
January 28th 2018


40579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.9

@Sowing you say that having not even heard the chorus in Miles Apart :-(

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 28th 2018


27710 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah still need to hear Golden Record

Too invested in this album atm

Hopelust
January 28th 2018


3088 Comments


The ending of infinite is fucking GLORIOUS

Hopelust
January 28th 2018


3088 Comments


And seriously miles apart is such a snooze. I do not get it. 5 minutes of palm muting the same fucking notes over and over. I have no idea what people see in that song; I think everyone that enjoys it found a memory to associate it with and so now it just holds nostalgic value for them. And for the chorus, its a recycled "No One's Gonna Need you More." Was done much better the first time around.

Point1
January 28th 2018


340 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Miscommunication" and "No One's Gonna Need You More" are still the two best songs this band ever did. Turns out this band is a lot better when they sub constant pounding bass and Tom's for simple driving drum beats.

onionbubs
January 28th 2018


9417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The first half is boring and the second half absolutely kills. Better than its predecessor, not sure if its a 3 or 3.5 yet tho

Digging: Alkaline Trio - Is This Thing Cursed?

Crawl
January 28th 2018


2522 Comments


@Sowing you say that having not even heard the chorus in Miles Apart :-( [2]

Hands down the best TDS song.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
January 28th 2018


39663 Comments


this looks like it sounds pretty much just as the album cover suggests

TooManyFriends
January 28th 2018


2910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gr8 review but man disagree hard with the rating. these songs are all choice from start to finish



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