11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With intense studio buffing, the rock quintet make bold leaps in sound and ambition. Producer David Bendeth previously injected chart gloss into Paramore and here he oversees the reupholstering of Tonight Alive’s pop-punk into stadium-shaped melodrama. There are still a few serrated edges–the charged riffing of “How Does it Feel?”–but Jenna McDougall’s gale-force vocals are the focal point as anthemic pop-rock (“To Be Free”) and full-blooded ballads (“Oxygen”, “The Greatest”) get cut with dashes of electronica and swooping hooks.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With intense studio buffing, the rock quintet make bold leaps in sound and ambition. Producer David Bendeth previously injected chart gloss into Paramore and here he oversees the reupholstering of Tonight Alive’s pop-punk into stadium-shaped melodrama. There are still a few serrated edges–the charged riffing of “How Does it Feel?”–but Jenna McDougall’s gale-force vocals are the focal point as anthemic pop-rock (“To Be Free”) and full-blooded ballads (“Oxygen”, “The Greatest”) get cut with dashes of electronica and swooping hooks.

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