The debut release from Nashville-based Bullets of Orange takes a few spins to grow on the listener. Clearly inspired by the arena-sized sound of U2, the band pulls out all the stops production-wise, with ringing guitars, elaborate soundscapes, and a few smart string arrangements on tracks like "Lullabies" and the closing "No Regrets." Sometimes they try too hard to be novel and innovative, though, as if they're afraid to just let the songs be songs. At their core, the tunes on this album are straightforward hopeful love songs, decked out in Starsailor-like vocal acrobatics and loads of production gloss. That production excess makes Bullets of Orange a heavy and almost overwhelming listen in places, but it's all expertly played and actually makes for a satisfying listen for those who like their music expansive and outright large.
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AllMusic Review by Joseph McCombs