This is quite a pleasant split between two bands who fit within that category that's mostly known as the "e word." With this "e word" being taken as more of an insult rather than a compliment, sometimes it's unavoidable to classify a band as anything other than emo if they feature a slice of sensitive-boy lyrics, voice cracks, and occasional melodies. Along with the aforementioned, Letter Engagement is a bit more cliché as their contribution to this split features the loud-quiet-loud-quiet formula that's been done a million times before. Recycled as it may be, the band takes a cue from the likes of Mineral, as Letter Engagement has a nice, melodic ring to their mid-tempo, guitar-based melodies. A Sometimes Promise is a lot poppier than their EP counterparts as the music's a lot more aggressive in a crunchy, punky sort of way. Unfortunately, the vocals sound very out of place and off-tempo, as if he's trying to do his best Kyle Bishop (Grade) impression. Not that the a Sometimes Promise's side is hard to listen to, just nothing that hasn't been done already.
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AllMusic Review by Mike DaRonco