If the quality of a guitar pop record was determined on the sonics alone, Building would be a fantastic debut. Thanks to some excellent guitar riffage and crisp, sharp production, Every Single Saturday's debut album is pure ear candy through and through. However, on repeat listens it becomes obvious that, like candy, beneath the sugary surface Building is mostly just empty calories. The band's lyrical and melodic skills are fairly undeveloped, leaving each hookless chorus feeling like a wasted opportunity. Occasionally the band's melodicism stumbles so badly, as on the choruses of both "Do Something" and "Gillian," that the record becomes a downright labored listen. There are thankfully some very fine moments -- the boppy "Misery" being the best example -- that indicate that someday Every Single Saturday may release a record where their melodic skills can match their sonics, but Building isn't it.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Damas