The good news for fans of the power-pop-alt band Hellogoodbye is that they’re still addictive and pop more than ever with their Orville Redenbacher’s charm and oh-so-delish vocals of Forrest Kline’s. Sadly, nothing lives up to the potential of “Baby It’s Fact,” their memorable hit single off of Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! (2006).

“The Thoughts That Give Me The Creeps” is a Jack Johnson-esque mid-tempo ditty that grooves along a catchy Hawaiian melody but is ultimately forgettable. “When We First Met” is one of the standout singles with its sincere earnestness in both lyrics and vibe.

Will the band break out to radio with worthy singles and take to new heights like peers such as Paramore? Probably not, but in the end, that might just be good enough for their fans; these chaps haven’t sold out to the big mega-label monster and are still able to create a rollicking album on their own merits.

Grade: B-



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