Generally, I really like this album. It’s honest and beautiful and it’s everything I love about fun. lyrically, and most songs are so beautiful (I mean, am I the only one who doesn’t look at the intro as an intro, but rather as a song in its own right? It’s THAT good).
But some songs’ production just ruin it for me. “Stars” is wonderful right up to the point where Nate’s voice changes to a distorted computerized voice all the way to the end. I don’t really understand the point to the change, and I don’t really like it.
Also, songs like “It Gets Better” and “One Foot” are amazing lyrically, but I have a hard time listening to them because they sound like production wise, they’re a bad attempt at sounding like a Hip Hop song.
I’m not going to say I wish this sounded like “Aim and Ignite” because I’m a strong believer in bands not needing to recreate any of their previous albums, no matter how good/successful they were, but I am going to say I wish they kept the same producer, or at least gone with a different producer. I know the guys are happy with their choice, but I’m not. I think production-wise, this album could’ve sounded so much better.
Maybe these songs as they are will grow on me. Probably. I wasn’t crazy on “We Are Young” when I first heard it, and now it’s one of my favorite songs. But right now, these songs are not instant favorites (while the rest of the songs on the album are), which makes me a little disappointed, to not have gotten this “oh my God this album is perfect!” experience on the first listen. I still think this is a great album. Don’t get me wrong.
That is all. Don’t hate me.