(Warning: The word “catchy” will be overused in this review)
Sure, TLPON contains simplistic music. Sure, the lyrics are slightly depressing, and unmemorable. And sure, it’s very polished and overproduced. But you know what? I don’t care. At all. Because I don’t think I will ever come across a cd EVER that is as perfectly catchy as this one. It’s amazing how all the hooks and ALL THE VERSES!! are simply infectious. TC somehow developed a “magic formula” that enabled them to churn out hook after hook with remarkable consistency. Going song by song…
1) Downfall: First single and sucked me into the band. It was one of my favorite songs ever when I heard it and still remains a classic.
2) Falling Apart: More than any other song on the CD, this one truly gets better with each listen. I don’t know what else to say but amazing. The way it builds up from the verse into the chorus is damn near breathtaking.
3) Hover: Simply incredible song, and my favorite on the album. (Unless it’s Falling Apart) I really think this should’ve been the second single instead of…
4) Running From You: Second single, and quite honestly one of the weaker songs. It just doesn’t grab me like the rest of them do. It’s still a great track; it’s just in such quality company. I’m starting to appreciate it more now but overall it’s not as accessible as most of the rest.
5) Slipping Away: Just another infectious hook that you’ll find yourself singing all the time. And those crazy, push-the-envelope guys throw you for a loop with an offbeat (!!!!!) guitar pattern at the beginning.
6) Figure 8: Harder, more driving than the other songs. Another amazingly catchy hook. Grows on me.
7) The Fear: This ballad just might be the catchiest song on the album. It’s just like candy in song form.
Deeper Into You: You’d think that by this point in the CD, they’d have run out of steam, right? WRONG! It’s just a testament to the quality of the CD that such a catchy, soaring song can be stuck back here where there’d normally be filler.
9) Drop to Zero: A little less catchy than most of the rest but it has its moments. The “DROP!” after the intro gets you bobbing your head along with the music, unique on a CD where you’re normally focused on the melodies. The resolution of the song is wonderful too.
10) Finally: For me this song sticks out quite a bit from the rest. I spoke of a “magic formula” that seems to craft all the songs on the CD, but this one is a deviation. It’s creative and relatively complex, more spacey and atmospheric than the other songs. And some of the lyrics are actually positive and hopeful (!!!!!), which is echoed by nice hopeful-sounding guitar loops throughout the song. Oh, and it’s a great song.
11) Take It All: A fitting closer containing a driving intro, some nice running guitar lines, and probably the simplest and catchiest hook on the album.
In conclusion, if you’re a fan of modern rock, listen to this album. It’s incredibly (I’ll say it again) catchy, but you could not at all consider it “pop rock”. And it doesn’t just “rely” on it’s catchiness-the musicality, while not too complex, provides just the right support for and blends in perfectly with the vocals. (It may still seem like I’m just a sucker for a catchy song. While I admit that’s often true, I’d also like to say that my musical tastes definitely expand beyond that to harder or experimental rock, so I’d like to think I’m fairly credible with this review.) Anyways, this CD doesn’t try to be anything it’s not…it is what it is, and what it is is a simple, catchy work of magic.