Scars on 45's sophomore album, 2014's Safety in Numbers, features more of the Yorkshire, England-based ensemble's earnest, harmony-laden melodic rock. Once again showcasing the talents of lead singer/songwriter Danny Bemrose, as well as vocalist Aimee Driver, pianist David "Nova" Nowakowski, and drummer Chris Durling, Scars on 45 make a kind of radio-friendly music that falls somewhere between the classic rock of Fleetwood Mac and the contemporary adult alternative pop of Scotland's Snow Patrol. As with the group's 2005 self-titled debut, Safety in Numbers soars on the group's knack for crafting immediately infectious, utterly hummable songs that log in your soul just as quickly as they grab your ear. There's something poignant and deeply passionate to many of the songs on Safety in Numbers. In that sense, many of cuts, including "Golden," "Tasted Every Tear," and "I Don't Wanna Break," could very easily work as soundtrack songs for a romantic comedy. It's a sentiment that comes to mind throughout all of Safety in Numbers and gives the album a cinematic movement, as if you were watching a drama play out on a big screen in front of you. Ultimately, Scars on 45's gift for bringing such widescreen emotions down to an intimate pop size makes Safety in Numbers an album you will enjoy on your own, but may want to share with someone you love.
Share this page
AllMusic Review by Matt Collar