The Great Danger
Pop rock actually sounds good again thanks to The Audition
The music world has seen a lot of ups and downs for the melodic rock world. There's been the demise of the Union Underground, the abhorrence of My Chemical Romance, the repetition of Green Day, and for some very ungodly reason.... Paris Hilton was allowed to make an album? That's way too many downs for some music fans to handle. Fortunately, the with The Audition's fourth full length studio album , The Great Danger, things seem to be on the rise again in the pop rock world. There's a lot of melodic groove here done by the guitars and drums with vocals that don't whine or moan but actually sing their emotions out. Not everything is about power cords and the band knows how to vary their sound throughout tracks. The opening track "Let Me Know" is buzzing rocker meant to get crowds going and will certainly become a single flowing across rock stations pretty soon. Other songs like "Ms. Cumby" are more ballad-like, but still know how to appease the rock and pop fans. Lyrics can be taken seriously or taken away with humor so it is good that the album can be laughed at as well as taken to heart.
There's also the softer acoustic songs that have a more indie feel in the way they echo like "Run Away" and "Interlude." "Interlude" is almost like a symphonic piece with hardly any guitar and mostly cello while "Run Away" is strictly an emotional heart wrencher letting the vocals carry out most of the song while the other instruments try to stay quiet. This doesn't exactly fit in with the rock of the pop rock gems that are scattered throughout the rest of the album, but the fact it's so rare and can still hold the emotional weight the album conveys makes it a gem itself. Those who find this still unsettling because it may not be 'hard enough' need not worry; the following track "Never Heard Again" returns to the buzzing, electric rock infected style that listeners had been hearing for the past eight tracks or so.
Fans of Fall Out Boy, 30 Seconds to Mars, Third Eye Blind, and All American Rejects will enjoy this band. It is amusing because Victory Records usually signs mediocre hardcore bands that try to be the loudest kids on the block, but then a band like The Audition comes along who isn't even half as loud and just knocks them off their feet. It is good to see that emotion isn't just conveyed by repeated riffs, screaming, and pure noise. While some may shun this band for their quieter, pop rock approach to the rock scene where many times over a band feels the need to be louder than everyone else, once you give The Great Danger a shot the beauty of it all begins to unfold. Apparently thanks to bands like these there is no danger in thinking melodic pop rock or they need to convey heartfelt emotion in music has gone off the deep end.
(Victory Records/Stomp Distribution)