Artist : BOYCE AVENUE
Genre : Pop
Date of Released : 2014
The moment you hear first few bars of “Speed Limit” you know that this album from Boyce Avenue is quite generic. Well, it is also confusing. There is a dash of boy band element in the record, with a little bit infusion of rock music, and of course dance beat. As a whole the whole feels like an 80’s throwback. In “One Life,” the group elevated their style to more of pop/rock, the dance element is discarded in favor of drum beat which sounds like tribal though. I just don’t understand why the delivery of a song feels like a misery instead of celebrating life.
“I’ll Be The One” is a Jason Mraz music with elements of EDM. It is another song which deals being what you can be to the other person. The surprising element here is that the song is generally EDM but there is also 90’s throw back by using house music as music background in the some parts of the song. “One Life” is song that sums up what the band is all about; boy band with teeny bopper music.
The songs “Scars” had them dabbled with reggae. While the song was engaging as a whole, if you are looking for Marley type reggae or even similar to what Boy George did with “Everything I Own.” You will be disappointed. To keep it safe, just treat the reggae element as just an exercise to tell the world that the band can do any musical genre; nothing more nothing less.
“Story of My Life” is a song that stamps their identity as just another boy band seeking instant fame. In fact, their version is better from that other boy band who originally performed this song. “No Limit” feels like a song from “Coldplay.” This is good news for the band if they want to explore rock ballad genre; they can do it.
Boyce Avenue has lots of promise if only if can find what they really want to do; EDM. POP, ROCK? Another good thing about this band, it’s lead vocalist has voice that can sing country or rock songs for the matter.
Because the band has a lot of promise even though that this album is generic, I will still give this record 3 stars for being not a boring album as a whole.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it