Flashlight Brown – Blue

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Flashlight Brown

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I remember back in grade 9 when I first heard Flashlight Brown. I was instantly hooked on the three songs on their media player and wanted to get a hold of the album, My Degeneration, as soon as it came out. Sadly, before the album was released, I saw them in concert, opening for Sum41. I was really excited to see them and was anxiously awaiting the day. Oddly though, it was the then unknown band, Billy Talent, who blew me away, Flashlight Brown just disappointed me and I no longer had any real incentive to go out and buy the album when it finally was released. Now, three years later,

I remember back in grade 9 when I first heard Flashlight Brown. I was instantly hooked on the three songs on their media player and wanted to get a hold of the album, My Degeneration, as soon as it came out. Sadly, before the album was released, I saw them in concert, opening for Sum41. I was really excited to see them and was anxiously awaiting the day. Oddly though, it was the then unknown band, Billy Talent, who blew me away, Flashlight Brown just disappointed me and I no longer had any real incentive to go out and buy the album when it finally was released. Now, three years later, Flashlight Brown are back with their follow-up to My Degeneration, and I’m starting to remember why I was originally obsessed with the three songs on that media player.

For you see, Blue continues where those three songs left off: high energy, fun, distorted, rock and roll with a tinge of pop-punk thrown in there for good measure. And while at times it feels a bit too over-produced, songs like Sicker, I’m A Human and Frankie’s Second Hand still pack enough of a punch, and a flurry of distortion, to forget about that. Loopy guitars, upbeat melodies, and scratchy, worn,Rancid or Flatliners like vocals are what you find on every track, but the thing that makes the songs standout the most are the simple, sing-along choruses that almost every track has. It makes the song that much more encompassing and entertaining.

Lyrically, they aren’t anything special, and that probably adds to the fun factor here. You don’t need to think at all, just enjoy yourself as they sing about drinking, partying and girls – your generic college-boy, immature lyrics that are sometimes necessary to hear.

Simply put, Blue is an entertaining album that I can definitely see me pulling out whenever I want something fun and easy to listen to. I wouldn’t recommend running out now and buying it right away, but if you happen to pass it by on the CD store racks then you should pick it up to play it just in time for Warped Tour, where I will, because Blue convinced me to, give the band one more chance to woo me live. Hopefully they’ll be a bit better than they were three years ago.

are back with their follow-up to My Degeneration, and I’m starting to remember why I was originally obsessed with the three songs on that media player.

For you see, Blue continues where those three songs left off: high energy, fun, distorted, rock and roll with a tinge of pop-punk thrown in there for good measure. And while at times it feels a bit too over-produced, songs like Sicker, I’m A Human and Frankie’s Second Hand still pack enough of a punch, and a flurry of distortion, to forget about that. Loopy guitars, upbeat melodies, and scratchy, worn,Rancid or Flatliners like vocals are what you find on every track, but the thing that makes the songs standout the most are the simple, sing-along choruses that almost every track has. It makes the song that much more encompassing and entertaining.

Lyrically, they aren’t anything special, and that probably adds to the fun factor here. You don’t need to think at all, just enjoy yourself as they sing about drinking, partying and girls – your generic college-boy, immature lyrics that are sometimes necessary to hear.

Simply put, Blue is an entertaining album that I can definitely see me pulling out whenever I want something fun and easy to listen to. I wouldn’t recommend running out now and buying it right away, but if you happen to pass it by on the CD store racks then you should pick it up to play it just in time for Warped Tour, where I will, because Blue convinced me to, give the band one more chance to woo me live. Hopefully they’ll be a bit better than they were three years ago.