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Mayday Parade – Mayday Parade – Review

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Employing a knee-jerk reaction to address critics of the band’s writing on their 2009 album “Anywhere By Here,Mayday Parade‘s new full-length was written entirely by its band members, while other previous outside “co-writers” were left to kick rocks. For this rediscovery of sorts, the band choose to eponymously-title their new record, hand producing duties back over to Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount who handled production on the bands first album “A Lesson in Romantics,“ and release it through ILG Records. While the band’s peers, The Maine, Every Avenue, and We The Kings, have all recently released radio-friendly paint-by-numbers efforts, I was hoping Mayday Parade had more up their sleeves, maybe an album that not only has heart, but some brains to go along with it.

The truth however amounts to Mayday Parade writing a pretty even-handed, yet plain record. From the gentle piano and in-house orchestra string intro of the album opener “Oh Well, Oh Well,” which grows into a formulaic, four-bar, pop rock song (complete with jumpy guitars and the bands memorable tongue-in-cheek lyrics) — to the regret-filled, angsty ballad “When You See My Friend” which shouts out, “When you see my friends, tell them hi for me. Tell them what you think about the way you handled everything. We walk along on this broken road for eternity, so give me company and help me sing this holy melody,“ and finishes with an unplugged, soft vocals, acoustic pluck session. Both of which remind me way too much of regret and high school.

I will say the well tracked/mixed vocals of Derek Sanders and the dual sprawling guitar solos of the album’s median song “You’re Dead Wrong,” take this efforts influences back a few decades (to coke-filled 80′s ballad rock), but its patient pace and stretched strings feel more alive than most of the recycled pop and alt rock out there currently. When guitarists Alex Garcia and Brooks Betts get some room to add flair, tracks like “Everything’s An Illusion” and “Priceless” shine with a mixture of melodic fretwork and harmonious backing riffs — most notable on the former, Soasin-esque track, with matches Jake Bundrick‘s simplistic yet potent percussion very well.

For those looking for Mayday Parade‘s softer side, the self-titled full-length’s heart string-pulling outings show themselves every so often. These are the record’s most enthralling and having the highest replay value, the warming, piano-driven, acoustic song “Stay,” and the bands most progress and genuine track, “Without The Bitter The Sweet Isn’t As Sweet,” which stayed on repeat for a few days after I listened to the album all the way through. The latter, with its undeniably touching lyrics, “And even if it’s dark at least we’ll be together. Slowly sinking in the earth to lay forever. You better grab a hold and hold on for your life. Because you don’t get lucky twice” and exquisite vocal delivery from Derek, really polish off this effort beautifully.

So while many might have already written off Mayday Parade for past releases, “Mayday Parade“is a re-invigoration for the band, even with its formulaic rock still in plain sight. [Staff]

Score: 3.75 (out of 5)

Release Date: October 4th, 2011
Record Label: ILG Records
Genre: Pop Rock / Rock
RIYL: The Maine, Every Avenue, The Summer Set

Track Listing:
1. Oh Well, Oh Well
2. No Heroes Allowed
3. When You See My Friends
4. You’re Dead Wrong
5. Priceless
6. Stay
7. Call Me Hopeless, But Not Romantic
8. A Shot Across the Bow
9. Everything’s an Illusion
10. I’d Rather Make Mistakes Than Nothing at All
11. Without the Bitter the Sweet Isn’t as Sweet
12. Happy Endings Are Stories That Haven’t Ended Yet

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