Candy Hearts – Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy – Review

By Dave C.  //  Music Reviews  //  No Comments

New Jersey’s Candy Hearts are a female-fronted pop punk band, who are influenced by 90’s punk bands such as Discount and Jawbreaker. Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy is their second album in just under a year, and it is a huge improvement over their debut. It features a much more polished overall sound, lots of energetic melodies, and some of the catchiest hooks I have heard this year.

The album starts off with a song you’ll have stuck in your head for weeks called “Tongue Tied”. It’s about how some people are great at writing their feelings down on paper, but then are so awkward in social situations that they can barely get a sentence out. I think a lot of people can relate to that, and the way that Mariel Loveland puts it is just perfect.

Sleepy Kisses” is another great song on the album. It’s a sad one with more of a 90’s indie sound, about the helpless feeling of a significant other drifting away from you after years together. Throughout the song she compares her best memories to how indifferent he is now, and how she can’t stop thinking about it though there’s nothing left to do. “You’re always on my mind when I’m trying to fall asleep. I toss and turn around, I can’t think about all the things, that I do wrong, well I messed this up, and it won’t be long, until you’re gone… when I don’t know you anymore.” Like most of this album it comes off as so very honest and genuine that you can’t help but relate to the way she feels.

My favourite song on the album is definitely “Jawbreaker”. It’s about escaping from the pressures of life and listening to old nostalgic music with your friends. It’s a fast one, and it’s full of clever Jawbreaker references. It’s very fun and liberating, which is exactly what pop punk like this should do.

The whole album is a breath of fresh air for the punk scene. I think even the most jaded punks can enjoy these pop punk songs, because what they are about is very genuine and universal. It comes out next Tuesday, September 27 on a new DIY label called Kind of Like Records. Pick it up from there, or on their current tour with another great female-fronted punk band, Mixtapes. [Dave C.]

Score: 4.5 (out of 5)

Release Date: September 27th, 2011
Record Label: Kind Of Like Records
Genre: Pop Punk

RIYL: P.S. Eliot, Sundials, Slingshot Dakota

Track Listing:
1. Tongue Tied
2. Lighter Than The Air
3. She’s So Cool
4. Good Enough
5. Sleepy Kisses
6. Asbury Park
7. When I’m With You
8. Something Special
9. Jawbreaker
10. What I’m Made Of
11. I Want Out
12. Everything’s Alright

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