The Morning Of - The Way I Fell In

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Pop Rock
Tragic Hero Records
The Morning Of
The Way I Fell In
The Morning Of - The Way I Fell In Review rating:
4.5
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Average: 5 (5 votes)

The Morning Of have always been a band that broke convention. Despite multiple lineup changes (including the trading off of both lead vocalists for current singers Justin Wiley and Jessica Leplon) that would usually kill a band before it broke out of its local scene, the band was able to make a regional, and even national, name for themselves before they even signed. Then, they signed to traditionally heavy label Tragic Hero Records, which is a risky move for any pop band (and as members of The Years Gone By will tell you, one that doesn’t usually end well). Even after releasing their debut, 2008’s The World As We Know It, which was chock full of pop hooks and, yes, the occasional breakdown, the band was not satisfied. They then proceeded to win over the hearts of scene elitists- while touring the country in support of Breathe Carolina, Brokencyde, and similar synth and neon staples. Of course, even that was not enough. Where many decent bands usually decide to give into the mediocre, synth stylings of the scene after a tour or two (cough ArtistVsPoet cough), The Morning Of decided to produce an album that transcends the emo-pop scene that nurtured them, and that enters the realm of great pop music. That album is 2010’s The Way I Fell In. It is the first great album of the summer of 2010, and is quite possibly one of the strongest contenders for Album Of The Year since the release of Motion City Soundtrack’s My Dinosaur Life.

From the opening organ notes, The Way I Fell In is an absolute delight. The band has clearly matured musically and lyrically in the two years since the release of The World As We Know It, and bringing on Dan Celikoyar to manage the drum kit has not hurt their cause. His drumming grounds Wiley and Leplon’s soaring voices on tracks like “Dance With Me” and “Like Yesterday.” The guitar of Rob McCurdy works in perfect harmony with Leplon’s voice to add a hint of jazz, blues, and soul to the album, especially on “What You Can’t Control” and Jessica’s solo track “I Know You Know,” a track which finds her sounding vulnerable yet strong, and solidifies her status alongside Mindy White and the Frampton twins as one of the greatest voices in indie pop. The piano of Chris Petrosino weaves in and out of the album’s tracks, adding a level of depth extremely rare in a band only on their second album. Finally, the additional instruments (which includes a harmonica, trumpet, trombone, organ, and so much more) help the album ultimately transcend the confines of emo-pop, and will no doubt expand the tastes of the scene kids that will inevitably discover this record (even though they’ll be too busy enjoying the album’s super-catchy jams to realize it). All of these elements combine together to create one of the greatest pop gems of the past few years. But, in true TMO fashion, the band still does not stop there. Instead, they brought in one of the biggest names in mellow emo-pop (Copeland’s Aaron Marsh) to sing on the disc’s closing track, “Heaven And Hell.” His voice, alongside Wiley’s and Leplon’s, is one of the greatest combinations in music today, and when the song ends with the sounds of an organ, the entire album has been brought full circle.

Needless to say, The Way I Fell In is amazing. It is shocking that they are not on a bigger label, but it is also soothing, for it means those that hold this band near to them can do so for just a little while longer before they begin headlining the Houses Of Blues that they no doubt eventually will. Pick up this record, enjoy it, and treasure it forever, because the only reason this album did not receive five stars is because there is no such thing as a perfect album.

1. Jennasea
2. What You Can’t Control
3. The Ones That Fall Apart
4. Tell Me I’m Wrong
5. Dance With Me
6. Cobwebs and Cables
7. The Time It Takes To Grow
8. Like Yesterday
9. Waiting
10.  I Know You Know
11. Bring Me Home
12. Heaven Or Hell

The Morning Of released their first album, "The World As We Know It", on Tragic Hero Records/East West in Jan. of 2008. The band was in bliss to see their very first album debut at number 18 on the Billboard Heatseeker's Chart, to reach the 25th pop album on iTunes, to have their single "Reverie" reviewed in USA Today, and to be featured on MTV.com's Buzzworthy Blog, all while touring the entire country several times in support of their record. ... read more

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