ALBUM : WHAT WE LIVE FOR
ARTIST : AMERICAN AUTHORS
GENRE : ALTERNATIVE ROCK / INDIE ROCK/ROCK/POP
DATE RELEASED : 2016
The band has a good verse about experiencing some sort of a prodigal son situation without being holy. They said “I’m going home because my cash is gone.” This is one of the interesting aspects of this rock band; easy to comprehend lyrics without being preachy. In addition, they are one of those rock bands that can produce different melodies in a single album. This is just how good this album.
The title of this album suggests about the kind of life the band is living. And true to it, the whole theme of the album is about living the young life fully even if carelessly just to have fun and deal the consequence later. Thus, in “Go Big, Go Home,” they espoused the idea of you have to make it big in order that you pockets will be empty otherwise you have to go back to your momma. In “Born To Run,” the band is encouraging young people to live their life as if there is no tomorrow.
Watch “Go Big Go Home” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUZoK20_KYQ.
In terms of sounds, the band is at it again playing with country flavor in the song “Pride.” It’s a song about change and disappointment and not selling your soul and give up pride. “Right Here Right Now” just continued what they want to say in “Born To Run.” It’s one of those few songs where the sound of hands clapping is music to your ears. There is a bit of Europop in “Nothing Better.” It sounds like listening to that dumb song “Cotton Eyed Joe” with rock and country vibes.
Watch live performance of “Nothing Better” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FImUNIvN8A
Watch official video of ‘Pride’ here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_guBE6TBhoM.
There is also a rock ballad in here in “Replaced.” It talks about how large the universe to fill up two people but there is a tapping sound in the background that feels like someone is running away from somebody. In “Mess With Your Heart,” the band is courting someone and offering more than love. The track sounds like dance tune or a remix track from a popular DJ right now such as Diplo or Skirrelex.
Listen to audio only video of “Mess With Your Heart” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYit5SoepA4
As mentioned early, the band has the talent to merge good melodies and comprehensible lyrics. These elements are found in “No Love,” a song that talks about falling out of love without the cheesy piano and orchestra background but in rock and roll way. The same characteristics are found in “Pocketful of Gold,” where trite lyrics are merged with anthemic melodies and vibe declaring “I don’t give a damn to the world.” The song “Superman” is about being strong yet still needing someone to comfort someone.
Listen to audio only video of “Superman” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FwlKUgPVUY
The album ends with “Mind Body Soul” which is quite a reflective song. Perhaps, this sum up all the feelings about living alone, carelessly, and dangerously and that at the end of the day, you still need somebody to steer you on course. This album definitely belongs to one of the best rock albums for 2016 and it deserves 4.5 stars rating.
1 stars = Ignore it
2 stars = risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it