Fourteen-year-old girls whose eyes brim with tears at Dashboard Confessional’s sing-along shows and who never tire of “Screaming Infidelities” might enjoy Secondhand Serenade’s new album, A Twist in My Story. The rest will likely hear John Vesely’s nasal vocals and downright cheesy lyrics as a second rate Chris Carrabba.

Acoustic, stripped-down guitar tinkering and minimal use of a full band usually allow an artist to showcase their vocals and lyrics. Vesely’s attempt at the emo genre lacks feeling in a genre defined by emotion.

To say that Vesely is completely without talent would be unfair. However, the one-note hit on the album, combined with uber cliché lyrics and uninteresting arrangements, mask what could be a talented musician.

Grade: D-

A Twist in My Story is currently available.