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Album Review: A Year To Remember - 'A Year To Remember (EP)'

2 June 2008 | 5:55 pm | Staff Writer
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Power pop at its finest…

I hadn’t heard of this band

until a few weeks ago, but if the five tracks on offer are anything

to go by then A Year To Remember is going to be household name within twelve months. Coming off like

a Clarity era JimmyEat World with the quirky keyboard antics of The Get Up Kids, AYTR

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have both the songs and the stage presence to capture the attention

of even the most cynical music fans.  

Trying to put an original spin

on a genre such as pop infused rock n roll is a near impossible task,

but when the hooks are this infectious I don’t think it really matters.

“Tastefully Tricky” is practically begging for you to sing a long...

not that you’d have a say in the matter as the chorus is guaranteed

to be embedded in your brain after the first spin.  

I was trying to think of a comparison

for the second track “Bombs”, but I think the trick behind good

song writing is coming up with something that’s oh so familiar without

plagiarising someone else’s work, something that AYear

To Remember seem to have down pat. The almost Brit-pop feel of “Home”

makes for an undeniably catchy tune while “Escape” takes a more

fast paced approach to get the point across, which leaves the pop punk

leaning “Be There Be Square” to round out proceedings.

Mark my words, A Year To Remember are going to be your new favourite band.

  1. Tastefully Tricky
  2. Bombs
  3. Home
  4. Escape
  5. Be There Be Square