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Our Album Year

It took me four days of having Our Album Year on repeat in my car to really grasp everything it had to offer. If you've ever wanted a sound that really allows you to escape, then this CD is perfect for you.

It's a melodic journey through life experiences, emotions and everything else that the most common of people go through. At the beginning, the pronounced clapping sucks you in right away, which makes for a great way to start it all off. In "Letters" the added element of computer-aided special effects takes the journey on a mystic turn. With Patrick's (vocals) light and delicate voice, the song turns out very refreshing. Another step in that mystic turn is "After I'm Gone," my personal favorite. Besides that computer, you also get a hint of an organ in the background. The general tone of this song is lower, resembling an almost Snow Patrol sound. "Break Out" tastes a little poppy, very happy and slightly peppy. The lyrics talk of emotions and relationships and when combined with the pop speak of a Hellogoodbye influence. This is a perfect sound to bring in a younger audience. Back to that Snow Patrol feeling is "Audiobody." A piano really plays an important part in this leg of the journey. Although the lyrics are almost rudimentary, they don't lack in impact. "The Millionaire" takes an excellent stab at rock. And Patrick's voice eerily mimics that of Brian Molko of Placebo. It's extremely easy to find yourself uncontrollably grooving to this one. The final song "Don't Forget" almost feels like a lullaby. Calming, relaxing and filled with emotion. The tempo is extremely slow, possibly the slowest on the album. This song allows you to end the journey and a very good note.

Meese has an infinite amount of talent and great music to offer you. So the next time you're stuck in traffic, pop in Our Album Year, it'll help.

-Rachel Fredrickson

Track Listing:
1. Only Me (Two Books)
2. Old Enough
3. Letters
4. After I Am Gone
5. Break Out
6. The Champion
7. St. Cecilia
8. Audiobody
9. The Millionaire
10. Don't Forget

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