12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With its fourth studio album, Four Year Strong took a big risk in eliminating synthesizers and keyboards from its songs, in a bid to alter and mature its musical style. In Some Way, Shape or Form is the Worcester, Mass., band’s first recording without its ivory-tickling bandmate Josh Lyford. The results successfully abound, with a meatier-sounding band playing noticeably heavier songs. “The Infected” opens with fist-punching guitar riffs chugging along a flawless rhythm section that pumps like an external combustion engine under Dan O'Connor’s muscled vocal performance. Check out the tough-as-nails guitar lead that kickstarts “The Security of the Familiar, the Tranquility of Repetition”—then it unfolds into a dynamic rock ‘n’ roll song with the band’s penchant for soaring melodic choruses. “Just Drive” is a salient single where every element of the song is catchy. Just try getting that contagious guitar melody or O'Connor’s intensely impassioned singing out of your memory lobe.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With its fourth studio album, Four Year Strong took a big risk in eliminating synthesizers and keyboards from its songs, in a bid to alter and mature its musical style. In Some Way, Shape or Form is the Worcester, Mass., band’s first recording without its ivory-tickling bandmate Josh Lyford. The results successfully abound, with a meatier-sounding band playing noticeably heavier songs. “The Infected” opens with fist-punching guitar riffs chugging along a flawless rhythm section that pumps like an external combustion engine under Dan O'Connor’s muscled vocal performance. Check out the tough-as-nails guitar lead that kickstarts “The Security of the Familiar, the Tranquility of Repetition”—then it unfolds into a dynamic rock ‘n’ roll song with the band’s penchant for soaring melodic choruses. “Just Drive” is a salient single where every element of the song is catchy. Just try getting that contagious guitar melody or O'Connor’s intensely impassioned singing out of your memory lobe.

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