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The Rocket Summer – Hello, Good Friend
The Rocket Summer
Hello, Good Friend - The Militia Group
The Rocket Summer is a one man band. It is Bryce Avery, no else, just him. He sings, he plays guitar, he plays the piano, he plays the drums, and also the synthesizers. And of course, you can’t forget the bass player, because you guessed it, it’s Avery too! So now that we have that out of the way, we can concentrate on the object at hand: “Hello, Good Friend.” – his brand new album. It is the follow up to the highly successful and critically exclaimed Calendar Days which found its way onto the market a few years ago. So far, it seems that Avery is going to keep the pace going with his new album as he already has certain critics falling head over heels and calling him a “musical genius” but after listening to the album, its hard to see where they are finding this so called “genius”.
No, that is by no means saying that “Hello, Good Friend.” is a bad album, because it’s not. It is an infectious pop album with catchy hooks and intelligent lyrics (something which all mainstream pop songs are missing), but it’s still nothing outstanding. It is evident that he has good skill with the many instrument he plays, and that he knows how to write a pretty catchy songs. But sometimes, certain songs seem to be lacking that catchy aspect of them. They tend to be much more flat and mellow then what is normally needed to exited the blood. You soon find yourself reaching for the skip button more times then the repeat button, and when your finger makes the connection, you don’t really miss anything either.
Songs like Never Knew, Brat Pack and Move To The Other Side of The Block show just how much Avery is capable of doing on his own. The melodies and rhythms are completely different as they move from slightly somber to much more energetic and upbeat tunes. He is able to successfully play a piano driven pop song without sounding whiny, unmotivated or generic. But at the same type, songs like I’m Doing Everything (For You), Treasures and Goodbye Waves and Driveways are much less unique, and tend to be easily forgettable. And then there’s the twelve minute Christmas Present which is just plain boring (I have yet to be able to sit through the entire song once).
Avery shows some skill here on his sophomore album under the moniker of The Rocket Summer, but sadly, there’s not enough skill to really make the album worth while. Sure some songs stand out and last for a while, while others are played and are forgotten immediately. I still can’t see where this “genius” is, all I se is a mediocre album.