By Brian Ossip, DC Music Live
Sometimes reviewing a new CD can be a pretty tough prospect. Not because the album is terrible, but rather because it’s so good that every time you listen to it you forget you are supposed to have your reviewer hat on, and not your fan hat.
Ballyhoo!’s newest album Pineapple Grenade is exactly this type of album. The Aberdeen, MD’s fifth studio album is a tour de force from start to finish, and the perfect follow-up to their breakout album Daydreams.
Longtime readers of DCML will know that we are pretty big fans of this quartet [READ: Ballyhoo! Rise From The Land of Cal Ripken To The Stages with Weezer, Ballyhoo! Release First New Tune of 2013 FOR FREE!, Ballyhoo’s Patience and Perseverance Paying Off, Ballyhoo! At Rams Head Live TOMORROW!], so I suppose we are a bit biased about the new record. But it’s clear that over a decade of nonstop touring and playing shows with some of the biggest bands around has turned this band in to a tight, well-oiled machine capable of writing a great hook.
Frontman Howi Spangler’s silky smooth voice is the true champion of this record, as he croons and sings through the albums
14 stellar tracks on issues of love and life, all while maintaining a positive attitude.
The tracks are all over the place in terms of genres and influences, and I mean that in the best way possible. There’s pop, pop-punk, reggae, and even a bit of electronica in the song “No Good.” The group has taken all of these influences and melded them in to a collection of catchy, upbeat, up-tempo and overwhelmingly enjoyable songs. It’s impossible to not be in a better mood upon finishing this album than at the start.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out this group, please do so now. You won’t regret it – trust me.
You can pick up the album on iTunes.
Standout tracks: “Run,” “Take It Easy,” “She Wants To Destroy Me,” “A Lesson In Gravity,” “Things We Don’t Mean,” and also all of the rest of the album.
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