Since everything that’s on the internet has to be true, I have to confess something: I haven’t listened to any Jimmy Eat World releases after Bleed American, which is what sparked my interest in their newest release Damage. The nostalgic part of me hoped for people in their underwear partying with the band, but then I realized that the guys in the band must be nearing 40, so that might not quite be the same, but I’d… I’d still watch.
I would like to preface this review with a warning: I am a total Kellin Quinn fangirl. This may or may not skew my opinion of this album. If you’re familiar with Sleeping With Sirens’ previous two studio albums, you probably anticipated that the third album would either be harder/heavier, or go more pop from their post-hardcore/pop-punk roots. Depending on your personal preference, either one could result in either a “Yippy!” or a “OMG… F!!! WHY!?”
The Migration, Scale the Summit’s fourth studio album, left me a little puzzled. It definitely SOUNDS like Scale the Summit so, if you’re super into jazzier instrumental music that features rock instrumentation, you won’t be disappointed. Chris Letchford and Travis Levrier maneuver their guitars tactfully, creating an immense wall of sound with the help of a substantial amount of delay at times, which adds to many of the tracks’ ethereal feel. Unlike many guitar-driven instrumental albums though, there is absolutely no sense of overplaying. It’s refreshing, in a sense, to hear lead guitar performed in such a way that allows for the song to breathe, instead of forcing cascades of notes into your ear just for the sake of being featured on Guitar World’s “Betcha Can’t Play This.”