Unravel by Let It Happen (Invogue Records)
Fans of Jimmy Eat World and The Starting Line need to rejoice right now, because Let It Happen has arrived onto the scene and they are on fire! With lethally heartfelt lyrics and spirited choruses, the six songs found within Unravel will surely leave an impact on all music aficionados. Unravel is Let It Happen’s debut for Invogue Records, and its destined to bring the Cincinnati, Ohio collective a good deal of attention. Their previous self-released effort It Hurts, But It’s Worth It was vastly underrated, seething with a ton of ambition and promise. Now with the dynamic Unravel, expect Let It Happen to catapult into the big leagues.
The sonic explosion commences with The Blame Game, where one instantly notices the perfect mixture of gorgeously infectious hooks and wondrously memorable lyrics. “Sometimes I find myself in my own private hell” and “why am I so bad at taking good advice?” are amongst the exhilarating sentiments to be expressed on the rollicking second cut Say You’ll Stay, a tune that will remain embedded in your head for ages to come.
“When I found the key to happiness, you went and changed the locks again,” vocalist Drew Brown muses with a compelling amount of irony and conviction in Over My Head – another highlight track showing a band at the height of their creative prowess. Ghost Of Yesterday is cathartic and astonishing, about confronting the past with a fearless optimism.
Black And White features spiraling guitars and emotional vocals – a combination that packs an devastating punch to the senses. And then closing out Unravel on a triumphant note is Us Against The World, a soaring tune that leaves the listener wanting to hear a whole lot more. “I can lead you to a thought but I can’t make you think,” Brown says before the song slams into a gloriously hopeful chorus complete with gang vocal.
The musicianship found within Let It Happen is tremendously tight and inspired, featuring the aforementioned Drew Brown on vocals and guitar, Michael Vogel on guitars and vocals, Nathan Joiner on bass, and Sean Highley on drums. Unravel only contain six songs, but may easily be counted as one of the very best pop rock releases of the year. Expect Let It Happen to go the distance, if Unravel is indicative of greater glories ahead.
(Review by Kenneth Morton)
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