When I listen to this album I get a bunch of images in my head. They
are images of stage diving, mosh pits, and tons of hyper kids. Though
I suppose that's typical of any pop-punk music, it's been awhile since
I've heard an album as energetic as this one.
And The Land Of Fake Believe is the first appearance for the
band EleventySeven and honestly it was their name that first
drew me to them. There are not many groups out there who will take
a chance and name their band a number. In fact the only ones that
come to mind are 311 and Blink-182 - and even the latter
had to stick a word in it. So, props go out first, for the creative
band name. Then they go out for the music. Having already been a fan
of New Found Glory, Simple Plan, and Good Charlotte,
I instantly took a liking to EleventySeven. From the beginning of
the first song, this album is chock full of fast tempos, and catchy
lyrics. They are pop-punk to a "T" and they openly admit
that. However, what they claim makes them different are their lyrics.
They make fun of basically everything, which just adds to the energy
of the music. With songs like "Teenage Heartbreak", "ODDs
and Even SOs", and even one titled "MySpace", it's
apparent that this album is geared for a slightly younger audience.
However, the album's select ballads "Here With Me" and "Yesterday's
Glues", will help to bring in the older listeners. In some places
this CD has been labeled as "Christian Rock", yet it's never
really apparent until the last song "Reach That Far". It's
a surprisingly beautiful song, not really expected from a band like
this, yet a welcomed surprise. This album is perfect for anyone who
hasn't gotten their pop-punk fix with the time lagging since the last
New Found Glory release. It's possible that Matthew Langston
could be the next Jordan Pundik. But, I'm not a fortune teller...
I do know a thing or two about music though and these guy's are not
Fake Believe, so take a second and jot down their number.
1. More Than A Revolution
2. A Stellar Sayonara
5. Here With Me
6. The Unicorn Revolt
8. ODDs And Even SOs
9. Teenage Heartbreak
10. Yesterday's Glues
11. Reach That Far
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