Japanese quartet One OK Rock blast into the Western market with their eighth album, Ambitions. After signing with Fueled by Ramen in late 2016, One OK Rock -- led by Takahiro Moriuchi, who sings in impeccable English -- take their songwriting and production quality to a new level, encompassing a full Warped Tour scope that incorporates pop-punk, alt-emo, and even a little atmospheric post-hardcore energy akin to That's the Spirit-era Bring Me the Horizon. Ambitions includes highlights like "Bombs Away" and "Taking Off," as well as singles "Bedroom Warfare" and the sparkling Hands Like Houses-esque "We Are." All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth appears on "Jaded," while 5 Seconds of Summer join "Take What You Want." The album debuted in the Billboard 200 and topped the Japanese charts upon release.
AllMusic Review by Neil Z. Yeung