Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review: Her Bright Skies - Rivals

Author: Tori

Everybody could use some angsty rock 'n' roll music in their iTunes library and Her Bright Skies provides exactly that. Their album "Rivals" was released on November 19 and it is nothing short of brilliant, in my opinion. I have heard so many bands that assume the formula for a perfect rock song includes nonstop screaming and heavy guitars without a break. Although there is special place in my heart for that kind of music, Her Bright Skies are bringing back the best of 90's alternative rock while keeping modern rock fans satisfied. This album is edgy but also sounds mainstream enough to hit the airwaves.

"Working Class Punx" is track #1 on the album and it is also my #1 favorite song on "Rivals". The song is very repetitive (and painfully catchy) but it stands out to me because of the rebellious sound and lyrics that I adore. Another favorite of mine was the 9th track called "Diamonds" which reminds me so much of something You Me At Six would release; the vocals during the chorus are so assertive and in-your-face. I am not going to lie, when the first notes of their single "Lovekills" began playing I immediately found myself bouncing around in my seat and singing along to every word of the chorus. The lyrics are on the border between clever and obnoxiously egotistical but somehow, I love it anyways. "Lovekills" has the potential to be overplayed on the radio for months (and when it happens, I get to say "I told you so"). This album only features one ballad called "I'll Be For You"; I appreciate that Her Bright Skies were trying to balance fast and slow paced tunes but I don't think slow songs are their forte; it was dull and forgettable. The only other downside: I wish the vocals throughout the album were more polished. It is evident that they meant for it to sound perfectly imperfect but certain notes are somewhat cringeworthy. Don't get me wrong, Johan is capable of amazing things and he displayed his strengths throughout the album.

Overall, Her Bright Skies' album "Rivals" only took one listen through before becoming one of my new favorite albums of 2012 and I can only imagine how great these songs sound live. The band captured true rock music and it is so much fun to jam to. If you are a fan of Hot Chelle Rae, There For Tomorrow, or Escape The Fate you will love this album. Pick it up on iTunes HERE.


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