I was first introduced to The Dangerous Summer by a buddy of mine and quickly fell in love with their EP titled If You Could Only Keep Me Alive.
After what seems like an eternity for us fans, they have finally written and recorded a full length follow up, Reach For The Sun. Let’s just say that it was worth the wait!
The album (produced by Paul Leavitt) kicks off with what I am told will be the first single “Where I Want to Be.” What a great choice for a single. The song grabs your attention right off the hop. The chorus is very catchy with the simple lyrics, “and there is something in your face, that pulls me far enough away.”
Each song on this record has a different meaning to it and is so real. AJ put his all into each and every song and the music by Payne is very well structured. You almost feel as if you are in AJ’s shoes with each track. His voice has been compared to Kenny from The Starting Line which puts a big smile on my face because of TSL being my all time favorite band. He himself has said on their Myspace blog that Millencolin has been one of his biggest influences when it comes to vocal performance.
One stand out track is “Weathered,” which is the third track and is somewhat mellow until the 2:37 mark. The emotion in AJ’s voice during this spurt is so awesome sounding. It’s so passionate and then goes back to the mellow, but very cool, chorus that ends the song.
“Surfaced” is another stand out track that has that chorus that should be in the background of a commercial that says, “The new album from The Dangerous Summer, titled ‘Reach For the Sun.'”
Speaking of “Reach For the Sun,” the title track has a good old pop punk feel to it in certain parts that could remind you of the older pop punk sound.
They could have left “The Permanent Rain” off of the CD and I would not have minded, but the differences from the EP are good enough to keep you listening and not wanting to hit the skip button.
“Northern Lights” is one of the coolest songs that I have heard in a long time. The lyrics are brilliant and the background music has this indescribable feel to it. I love the lyrics in the chorus, “You’re not here and I’m not there.” Once again, such a simple lyric that has the passionate vocals and melody to make it pure genius.
I really like what they did with “This is War” too. The changes that were made from the demo really made this song a standout track, in my opinion.
Lastly, “Never Feel Alone” as a closure was another bright move. The guitaring that kicks off the song takes you home. The song ends suddenly with a great line that sums up the album and Perdomo’s recent thoughts, “But it’s worth it, to never feel alone.”
Cody Payne said it best when he remarked, “We really just want people to remember the value of a good, memorable album. We didn’t focus on any trends going on right now; we just wanted to write a good album that would last forever.” Well done Cody.
The album is not the trendy pop, electronic garbage that has people like myself wondering if good music will ever return. Well, good news – good music has returned in some form and it is called “Reach For the Sun.” Some of the songs are growers but I am sure after a few more listens, I will be in love with this record like I was (and still am) with their EP.
Check out Myspace.com/DangerousSummer to hear some clips. And of course, pick up the album on May 5th!
Buy The Dangerous Summer: Reach For The Sun online:
Click here to buy the CD at Amazon.com.
Click here to download the MP3 version at Amazon.com.