Review : Loss for Words - The Kids Can't Lose
AbsolutepunkStraight out of Massachusetts comes a pop-punk band that is new to many, but surely has been around for many years. A Loss For Words comes from hardcore roots with the East Coast pop-punk feel. They have a slew of previous releases that put them on track to record this great album. I noticed this band a while back and became interested in their pop-punk style. I like how they are so aggressive-- it's like an in-your-face approach to this style of music. There's never been a better kick in the balls for the pop-punk scene, telling you that great bands like these still exists. Therefore, The Kids Can't Lose is a great album.
The album starts with "Stamp Of Approval" and doesn't waste anytime getting deep into a kick two-step beat. The vocals have a great hook to them, making this song, among many on the album, catchy. This great opening truly gave me a great vibe about the rest of the album. The next song, "40 Theives", once again takes no break from the energy, blasting in a great guitar riff and exploding into a very catchy chorus. The lyrics for the chorus offer a great message, but I'll let you be the judge of that. To me, it seems like Matty Arsenault (vocals), has a point to prove about a lot of his personal problems that he has encountered, which is great, because thats what lyrics are about. Right on Matty!
"Where I'm From, You Die With Your Secrets" is the next track and it's probably one of the better tracks on the album. Once again, it has a very catchy chorus. I think if you're a band like this, almost every song has to a have a great chorus and A Loss for Words have done that successfully. I really took a liking to the second time they played the chorus. Around 1:52, they do like a chug sort of thing (showing their hardcore roots) and go right back into a very catchy guitar rhythm. As I traveled through this album, I kept noticing things I liked about Matty's lyrics. "Hold Your Breath" is the next track; it's a slower song but still great. There's nothing too special on this track, besides the constant catchiness that you find throughout the album....full text
ItunesWhile not a perfect "debut," it contains all the ingredients to make ALFW major stars on the Post-Grunge/Rock Alternative music scene. For example, the first 3 cuts reveal a no-nonsense approach toward producing driving rock/nu-metal, while "Half Step Down" compounds this approach with insightful lyrics and a catchy melody that makes the song interesting as well as gratifying. Overall, ALFW seems to have what it takes to appeal to a diverse audience - from late teen Pop-Punk Neo-rockers to older alt/grunge guitar-rock enthusiasts alike. It's a wonder why this band hasn't been signed to a major label as yet....full text
ReviewrinserepeatEvery year a few bands surprise everyone with potential to keep a genre from going stale. A Loss For Word’s The Kids Can’t Lose fits this premise and ultimately, has breathed new life into the pop punk genre. No run-of-the-mill pop punk here, as every song has been crafted with emotion and a certain edginess. One cant help but love these guys for doing what they do, and what they do, they do well.
Presented to us is eleven high-energy songs to keep you busy through the dry summer we’ve so nearly caught a glimpse of. The album immediately becomes a landmark for A Loss For Word’s short career with “Hold Your Breath,” which is not only a great, fun-loving introduction, but is even better once you immerse yourself into the track and let Matty’s vocals flow over you. Not pulling any punches, the band recruited the likes of Therefore I Am front-man Alex Correia on the track “The Promises You Keep (Burn This Bridge),” who proved to be a wonderful companion to Matty’s aggressive vocal delivery....full text
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