Eleventeen

In the Air

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The second album by this San Francisco punk group has enough contagious hooks and melodies to appease many punk or edgy pop followers. Beginning with the opening "Black Rose," lead singer Joshua Colburn possesses a strong style and potent delivery. Driven primarily by the rhythm section, it's a track that has a variety of interesting twists. The title track is softer in terms of tone and structure, resembling what John Mayer or Adam Duritz could be if fronting a punk group. A subtle piano rounds out the tune nicely. Unfortunately, "Portrait of a Man" relies too much on a choppy nu-metal guitar and comes across as an over the top anthem. "If we don't act now we could never be the same as we used to be," Colburn sings before guitarists Rob Wells and Josh Spaturo dominate the conclusion. "Sink With Me" is an early highlight. Here the band weaves delicate guitar solos in the vein of the Cure or Hot Little Rocket before upping the energy quotient. "Feels So Good," which begins with the "woo-hoo" à la Blur's "Song 2," is perhaps the slickest-sounding song. Adding some effects underneath the radio-friendly tune doesn't hurt either. If there's one negative to the album, it might be how many times they go down the same sonic path. "Impossible" is a great example, as it contains great musicianship but sounds out of gas by the middle portion. Moving into arena rock territory that Creed is better suited for, "Inexpectation" sounds promising but misses the mark in the chorus. Ending the album with a softer and acoustic pop track, "Drive," Eleventeen has made a good but not great sophomore album.

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