All The Right Moves - The Monster I've Become
With a title like The Monster I've Become, you would think you were about to listen to some hardcore edgy rock, possibly flirting with death metal. But instead you have a surprisingly upbeat power pop/punk EP by Twin Cities' own, All The Right Moves. Opening up for bands like Plain White T's, ATRM have been steadily ramping up their rep over the past couple of years.
The EP opens with "Point of View". The chorus of the track is cleverly written to have the listener singing along immediately. In fact, they actually say, "Sing along, doo-doo-doo-doo-do-do, doing the things to keep me tried and true. Sing along, la, la, la, la, la, you're lying to yourself, as any other girl would do." The stuff just rolls off your tongue, doesn't it?
Nearly every song is chock full of energy. Though, my favorite is "Learn to Love Again". Also energetic, but it starts off with a beautiful piano solo, giving the impression of a ballad, before the drums come in with a nice kick-butt rhythm that sets up the chorus.
My overall impression of The Monster I've Become is that All The Right Moves is indeed a band making, well, all the right moves--at least musically. Their sound is incredibly radio-friendly, super-catchy, sometimes quirky, but usually happy and fun. Even when they're saying things like, "You always bring me down, whenever you're around, you drag me to the ground..." They might as well be singing, "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands." Either way, you'd be none the wiser. Some may find that annoying, but I felt a certain charm to it all. My guess is that we'll be hearing more from these guys in the upcoming years.
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