It smells like rain outside but it’s snowing. So that’s how my Sunday is going. How about yours? I need a little pick me up this afternoon so here’s looking at you The Lemon Drop Gang! Let’s see if ‘I’m Not The One!’ can do the trick!
A smile stretched across my face as a good ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll sound took over my house as “Hit the Wall” started playing. There’s something a bit retro and familiar about this track but also something highly energetic about it that was exactly what I needed on this dreary Sunday afternoon. Although ridiculously short (and, looking at the tracklisting, that will be a theme throughout this album), this track has a bit of everything in it from a slight sense of aggression to a stellar guitar solo that seemed to sweep me off my feet.
That retro vibe felt in the opening track is expanded on in “He’s Gone”. There’s almost a little hint of doo-wop in this track that had me swaying back and forth in my chair. There’s also a tinge of darkness in the vocals of this track that I absolutely loved. It’s clear that, although The Lemon Drop Gang keeps their songs short, they pack a punch with every track. “Georgie” is no exception to this rule. Although the beat is just a little slower in this one, there’s something still highly energetic about this anthemic power-pop feeling track that is absolutely infectious.
“Now Is Goodbye” was an instant favorite of mine. The mood completely shifts from the previous songs while still being clearly that of The Lemon Drop Gang. There’s something a bit more hollow about this track and I feel like you get to see some of the talent in the vocals just a little clearer in this track. The mood continues to change as this album rolls into “Don’t Know It”. There’s something so moody and dark about this track that I just couldn’t get enough of. I love the amount of emotion that comes with this track. Although the vocals are a stand out throughout this album, I feel like you feel them a little bit more in this track just due to the weighted words being sung and the passion with which they are presented.
Just when I was getting settled into this slower beat of The Lemon Drop Gang, they drop the bomb that is “Bubble Yum” on me. Another quick and dirty power-pop-punk-drenched track, this song had that smile stretching across my face again. Although I didn’t find much depth in the words as I did during “Don’t Know It”, there’s no denying the amount of fun that comes with this quick track. I was really liking this almost bratty punk vibe so was a bit disappointed as the album again took a turn for “Ghost”. There’s still something fairly upbeat about this track but something a little moodier comes back in for the vocals of this one.
“Rules of Prey” back the undeniable energy that I fell in love with during “Bubble Yum”. That mixed with driving instrumentation had this already short track flying by. I did like that, although this has energy in it when you listen to the words, there’s something almost love-song about this track. That almost love-song vibe continues with “You’ll Come Runnin'” but this song also brings an edge to the story that is irresistible. Out of all of the tracks on this album, this one seemed to be ear-wormy for me. There’s just something classic but also memorable about this track as a whole. It has a swaying beat with strong guitar work and almost dreamlike vocals all coming together to create a super addicting sound and energy.
Instead of going out quietly, “Time to Myself” ends this album with an undeniable sense of energy and in-your-face energy. This was another instant favorite of mine just because of the power that is heard and felt so clearly throughout this quick final song. It wasn’t until this track had ended and left me in silence that I realized that this entire album seems to tell a story hence the dramatic mood changes. This realization just added to my love for this album and this band.
My Favorite Track(s): “Now Is Goodbye”; “Time To Myself”
For Fans Of: Retro Pop-Punk; Hidden Storytelling; Energy
Dance-ability: 7 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Both cats slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 7 out of 10
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