Almost like clockwork it seems, around these few remaining dreary and cold months of the year that one album recalls all the highs and lows of Summers gone and passed. It's these albums that provide a certain warmth, if you will, to make these last few months pass with ease, ultimately readying our eagerness for the Summer approaching. Michigan's very own Every Avenue present us with an album that aims to do as such; their highly anticipated follow-up to Shh. Just Go With It, the candidly titled Picture Perfect.
It is often difficult to make a name for yourself, especially in the pop rock scene. With a slight overabundance of bands looking for a quick fix for fame, it's as equally difficult to find a band that hasn't succumb to churning out music that could be simply described as shallow and meaningless. Every Avenue's Picture Perfect may sometime tip toe into mediocrity, but it's redeeming qualities are plentiful. When Picture Perfect shines, it shines bright.
“For Always, Forever” opens the album in a light-hearted and familiar fashion. An impressive retelling of seemingly better times, which, while being somewhat generic in the instrumental delivery, paints a very vivid picture lyrically. While the band is guilty of such instrumental follies throughout the album, the band manages an above average lyrical presence; a welcome characteristic that will truly set the band apart from their contemporaries. “Picture Perfect” stands as a must listen; catching attention with it's charging introduction, slipping into a synth break, drawing to a close without losing steam. And of course, it's not a pop rock album without a ballad or two (see: “Happy The Hard Way” and “The Story Left Untold”). Both, of course, find the band slowing up the tempo, allowing vocalist David Strauchman to display a more pronounced delivery.
Though the album is by no means pop-rock perfection, with this release, Every Avenue stand at the top of their game with their most well put together album to date. In a year where great pop rock releases are few and far between, Picture Perfect is well deserving of your time.
3. Tell Me I’m A Wreck
4. Picture Perfect
5. Happy The Hard Way
6. Girl Like That
7. Saying Goodbye
8. Finish What You Started
9. I Forgive You
10. The Story Left Untold
11. Clumsy Little Heart
In a recent interview, mid-western pop rockers Every Avenue were asked a question that would normally be difficult to answer: “How would you describe your sound?” For vocalist Dave Strauchman the answer was simple: “We sound like Every Avenue.” His response could not be more true. Every Avenue blends a style that is innovative and reminiscent of a time in rock and roll when the name of the game was simply to have fun. ... read more