By The Audition
The Chicagoan quartet are back on top form with their third studio album, simply entitled 'Self-Titled Album.' This is the band's first release since the departure of original bassist and founding member Joe Lussa and the follow up to 2008's 'Champion.'
The opening track 'The Running Man' is an upbeat song with a catchy chorus and an electric mix of drums and rhythm guitar. Frontman and vocalist Danny Stevens is the band's real liberator with his impressive vocal range, which is taken to the max in 'The Way That You Move,' a song with great riffs and a memorable chorus made unmistakeably poppy by Danny's high-pitched vocals and the band's altogether "happy energy."
As with 'Champion,' many of the songs are repetitive with choruses being repeated up to six times, but this isn't in anyway a bad thing as the repetitiveness only adds to the catchiness of the songs. Poignant ballad 'It's Gonna Be Hard (When I'm gone)' is the album's paramount track, with its strangely logical mix of acoustic verses and a belting rock chorus.
'Self-Titled Album' is an infectious pop/punk release that will leave you humming along for weeks, with their organic sound and the ability to produce enjoyable, catchy songs The Audition are on their way to mainstream success and attaining the recognition they deserve.