Y'see, I've always been a fan of them since the day I first heard them in the Toa Inika commercial. I feel I owe them a lot as I defend them as "The Band That Saved My Life". Not in the Simple Plan kind of way, but pre-Summer of 2006, I hated all forms of modern music and couldn't bear to show an interest. I say I didn't listen to any music at all, but that's sort of a lie, given I would religiously listen to a singer known as Jimmy Nail. But I don't really talk about that, so it's best we move on. So, after hearing Move Along for the first time, suddenly my ears were open and I began to listen to more and more songs of theirs before drifting onto Linkin Park, Evanescence, Simple Plan and My Chemical Romance. And thus, the big five were born, but that's another story for another time.
Thus, I'm sure you can imagine my disappointment at having to break the CD tradition, and as I wanted Kids in the Street so badly, I connected to my college's wi-fi and snuck onto iTunes where I shelled out the £7.99 necessary for the 17 songs. Posters on the What Are You Listening To At This Very Moment thread will probably have noticed me constantly updating with AAR songs, and yes, that was me bored on the bus listening to the latest album, and I have to say...I'm disappointed. Very much so.
I mean, I'm happy to say it wasn't "The Verge from There For Tomorrow" kind of disappointment where I never even finished the album before turning it off in frustration, but it wasn't nearly the "Incomparable from Dead By April" kind of disappointment where it wasn't like the first album but was still bloody good in its own right. Compared to their previous albums, of which I had listened to every one of them earlier today, this one just didn't seem right. None of the songs in this album could compare to the poetic beauty of Dance Inside, the adventurous energy of Another Heart Calls, the inspiring tone of Move Along, nor the bashful innocence of My Paper Heart. Each of the previous albums had their own kind of energy and every song seemed to stand out. Here, they just all seem....the same. Nothing stood out for me, and granted a couple of the songs made me smile or caught me off-guard, but I can't think of a single one that made me desire to go back and put it on repeat. If anything, Tyson just sounds bored while singing them and I find that sad.
In the end, of all the big five's latest albums, though it depresses me to say it, I'd have to put Kids on the Street at the bottom of the list, just after A Thousand Suns. Get Your Heart On takes pride of first place though, just so y'all know.