The band is young, plays emo, and of course, likes to sing about girls. They have some pretty good hooks too, and they don’t waste any time getting to them; the album leads off with the yearning “Secret Valentine,” a soaring ode to unrequited love. The power-pop of “Check Yes Juliet” is similar in musical style and lyrical hopefulness while the standout track “Stay Young” borrows heavily from the Lostprophets’ “Last Train Home.”
Album closer “This Is Our Town” drops the high-energy formula in favor of quiet piano and a somber last lyric: “I hope you’ll be there when I return.”
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