A Moment’s Worth – Start Where You Are

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A Moment's Worth

Start Where You Are - Self Released

On Start Where You AreA Moment’s Worth’ fourth album, the band delivers an album that starts off horribly and ends decently – progressively becoming stronger as the album moves forward.  The problem is the journey to get there is often long and forgettable.

Starting in probably the worst way possible, A Place Where There Was… starts with a nauseatingly high falsetto reminiscent of so many pop-punk bands that have come and gone without leaving any sort of lasting impression. Add in the electronics and A Moment’s Worth show another shade of a horrible Fearless Records pop band.

They continue that trend for the next few tracks but steadily improving – limiting the electronics, adding fuller instrumentation and bringing the vocals down to a manageable tone.  It’s still bland and somewhat generic, but at least it’s no longer insulting to your ear drums. By the time they get to the lead single Favourite Song, they’ve found a bit of a stride, sounding somewhat similar to a Rushmore Records act with a small dose of little known act Calico Drive thrown in for good measure.

But it’s not until they hit track eight, Hero, that A Moment’s Worth step out of the background as they break into the bridge and final two minutes of the song. It grows in momentum, with strong arms-out-stretched-as-you-sing-with-your-eyes-closed style of vocals and for the first time, they’ve delivered a song that isn’t instantly forgettable.  (The piano-infused reprise of the track at the end of the album is another highlight as well).

Dedicate brings it yet another step forward, with a catchy, acoustically driven pop ditty with an upbeat chorus and subject matter like Plain White T’s and from that point forward, A Moment’s Worth dive from the plateau of forgettable and into the realm of decently enjoyable yet sadly still forgettable. On Golden Blue, a purely acoustic track, they pull in the spirit of Gabe Saporta from Midtown’s Living Well Is The Best Revenge and you can’t help but think if they honed in on that more, Start Where You Are would be a bit stronger than it actually is.

Even though it ends up decently, there’s nothing remarkable enough to keep me coming back for more.