The Junior Varsity - Cinematographic
- Artist: The Junior Varsity
- Album: Cinematographic
- Label: Victory
- Year of Release: 2007
- ME Rating:
- Reviewed by: symphony on 2007-07-08
The first track is the most important track on the album. It is the first song you have to really blow the listener away from the get-go. Sometimes you can recover from a complete failure to do so. Other times, you can't, because all your following songs are just as weak if not weaker than the first track. Few bands manage to straddle the fine line between these two possibilities. I think the Junior Varsity managed to recover, quite well from probably the worst track--ever.
Cinematographic picks up where Wide-Eyed left off with its interesting intros and its catchy choruses to its stunning vocals and its marching band drums. "I Went Blind," for all intents and purposes, is a very dull track and doesn't even fit in with the rest of album at all. It sticks out like a sore thumb actually as this attempt to be little more powerful and try to impress upon us that they can hit the power chords, but unfortunately, no one was looking for that and especially not from the Junior Varsity. They just can't pull it off.
Unimpressive first track performance carries us into track number two, "The SKY!" This tricky anthem is one of the most vibrant songs on the album, bouncy from the start with the ballsy rift in the very beginning to the very compelling drums. Followed by "Wunderdrug," featuring Kenny Vasoli of the Starting Line--the only song where I actually enjoy his voice (consider background singing)--this touchy ballad is extremely enjoyable and the interesting acapella also adds to the song.
Next comes ska-influenced and most likely the strongest track on the album, "St. Louis." This song is a major example is the variety of musical expression and just how stunning it is. I could continue my song-by-song examnation but I know how boring that can. Other really enjoyable stand-out are "The Greatest," "Cinematographic," and "Under the Radar." Cinematographic is where we see the Junior Varsity pull away from the peloton (yes, watch the Tour De France) and make that lead towards the finish line, which in this metaphor is excellence.
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on 2007-10-20 Symphony Said:
Why am I always made out as arrogant?
on 2007-10-17 hstisgod Said:
O my! how dare you disagree with the great Sean Collins? lol... just playing Nate-O, sorry I don't understand The JV sound regardless.
on 2007-07-08 hstisgod Said:
Ill have get around to checking this out.