Will The Fray Disappoint With Scars & Stories?

On February 7th, The Fray will be releasing their latest album “Scars & Stories” which features the singles “Heartbeat” (music video above) and “The Fighter.” Now, let me just say, I am not the biggest fan of The Fray, but I do like a few of their songs. As it turns out the songs of theirs that I like are typically the first few singles that they release.

I’m hoping that Scars & Stories has more tracks that I like than the typical Fray album, but we’ll see. So far, I really like “Heartbeat” and I’m kind of meh about “The Fighter” — we shall see!

What do you think about The Fray?

Critical Listening: The Cab – La La

This past summer The Cab released their latest album Symphony Soldier (an amazing album, by the way) and one of the songs that stuck out most to me was “La La.”

Powered by front man Alex DeLeon’s amazing vocals, the song starts off slow as it builds up and then sucks you in with the chorus, “What would you do if I told you that I, la la la la loved you.” And with well-crafted lyrics like “You’re like a song, a beautiful symphony to my eyes,” you are sure to craving more. If you haven’t listened to the album yet, I definitely recommend it.

[iTunes link]

The All-American Rejects New Single: Beekeepers Daughter

The All-American Rejects are preparing to release their new album (Kids In The Street) and have announced that the first single to drop will be titled “Beekeepers Daughter.” The single will be released on January 31 (next Tuesday). However, you can listen to a quick 30 second clip right here!

I’ve included the single’s artwork below.

Beekeepers daughter artwork

What do you think? Love, like, hate it?

Angels & Airwaves Kick Off Love Pt. 2 Tour

Last night, Angels & Airwaves kicked off their tour in support of the recent release of Love Pt. 2 which features songs “Saturday Love” “Surrender” “Anxiety” and my personal favorite “Behold A Pale Horse.” Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like Behold A Pale Horse made it onto the setlist at the House of Blues in Anaheim.

However, the setlist was as follows:

1. Saturday Love
2. Young London
3. Surrender
4. Dry Your Eyes
5. The Adventure
6. Everything’s Magic
7. Anxiety
8. Valkyrie Missile
9. Lifeline
10. Call to Arms
11. Tom (by himself) — There Is
12. Hallucinations
13. Secret Crowds
14. All That We Are
15. The War

Awesome setlist. Were you there or are you going to a show? Let us know!

PS: You can check out some photos from last night (thanks to the OCWeekly).

Which blink-182 Album Is The Best?

Okay blink fans. Here’s a common question many blink-fanatics argue about: which blink-182 album is the best? Tough to answer, right? In my opinion, the best blink-182 album is either Enema of the State (1999) or the self-titled album (2003). Let’s examine.

Enema of the State was the band’s first commercial success — it was also at that point the bands best-sounding (audio quality wise) up until that point. It really made the album so much better to listen to. Track wise, Enema is solid all the way through — fast paced, entertaining, and raw with some polish. From “Dumpweed” to “Anthem” you never feel the need to hit “next” on your iPod.

The self-titled album really propelled blink-182 to the height of their career before they broke up in 2005. It was filled with smash hits like “I Miss You” “Down” “Feeling This” and “Always” that rocketed to the top of the charts. However, I don’t think it’s as strong as Enema was track wise. For example, I could have gone without hearing The Cure-inspired “All of This.” And while I like “I’m Lost Without You” it definitely isn’t leaving you craving more like “Anthem” does.

I’ll throw this in because it’s new: what about Neighborhoods? Neighborhoods is great and includes several gems, but it isn’t their best overall album.

So what’s my pick? I’m going with Enema of the State as the best overall blink-182 album.

What do you think? Leave a comment!

Welcome to Rock n’ Review

Welcome to Rock n’ Review! This is a site where I want to share my thoughts on music. I’m very opinionated when it comes to music so feel free to disagree with me in the comments. My goal is to build an awesome, insightful, and useful music site with a great community. While doing that, I want to shake up the way music news, reviews, exclusives, and opinions are currently done.

That is a lot of talk so I’m going to leave it at that and get right to work here.