Release Date: February 27, 2007
Barsuk Records | buy now
Jackson Waters, the alternative rock band hailing from Siloam Springs, Arkansas first broke out onto the Christian music scene in 2004. The band is made up of lead vocalist David Leonard on guitar and keyboards, backed by Brian Meek on bass, Ryan Hawk on drums and both Jesse Lafave and Toby Firsen on guitar. With their second album, Come Undone, Jackson Waters deliver a refreshing sound of sculpted guitars, melodic piano pieces and intense vocals. [READ MORE]
Release Date: September 26, 2006
Hollywood Records | buy now
“Ya’ll need to get ready to hear the unbelievable, indescribable, Vanessa Hudgens.”
Teenage singer/actress Vanessa Hudgens debut album is introduced as such over the violin lead-in on the opening track “Baby Come Back.” On the album, simply titled V, the star of the popular Disney Channel hit original movie, High School Musical, seems ready to embark on a successful music career, showing the vocal potential that was evident in the made for cable movie and its subsequent soundtrack. Similar to other teenage sensations, Hudgens balances teenage angst over unrequited love with more mature concepts. An example would be the semi-feminist themed “Never Underestimate A Girl” which declares the power a determined woman has. [READ MORE]
This is Where You Belong
Release Date: August 29, 2006
Virgin Records | buy now
One of the hottest, dare I say it “trends” in the music world have been pop/rock bands. About 60% of them all sound like each other but I think we here at Fanvasion have found one that’s quite different that we can truly enjoy listening to. The name of the band is The Summer Obsession and their debut album “This is Where You Belong” hits record stores August 29th. I got a chance to hear the album already so I thought I’d give you a little bit of my thoughts on The Summer Obsession. The band includes lead singer – Lucien Walker, guitarist – Fin, bassist – Christ and former Good Charlotte drummer, Chris Wilson.
I’m going to jump right in and talk about one of my favorite tracks, “Disappear.” The lyrics express the feelings of entrapment in a world where everything is so predictable, fake, unrealistic and full of hatred. You’re basically existing and not really living so you try to hide and fade into the background hoping someone or something will rescue you so you can discover there’s really more to life. [READ MORE]
The Rise And Fall of… Butch Walker & The Lets-Go-Out-Tonites
Release Date: July 11, 2006
EPIC/Red Ink Records | buy now
The name Butch Walker may be a familiar one for fans who read the album credits of their favorite artist or band. As a songwriter/producer, he has worked with big time acts such as Avril Lavigne, Hot Hot Heat, The All-American Rejects, and Lindsay Lohan. However, as a singer/songwriter, he has had several solid releases that have gone under the radar despite the continued growth that is evident with each new album. The follow-up to 2004’s impressive Letters has Butch enlist a band to back him, leading to the appropriately named album title:The Rise And Fall of… Butch Walker And The-Lets-Go-Out-Tonites. What follows is a phenomenal album that takes a different approach from previous efforts. [READ MORE]
Dusk & Summer
Release Date: June 27, 2006
Vagrant Records | buy now
It’s been three years since Dashboard Confessional’s gold-release of A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar, and the long-awaited follow-up, Dusk & Summer, dually produced by Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne) and Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan), is a well put-together collection that matches, and at times exceeds the excellency of the band’s previous works and in the process, only makes one wonder why the wait was so long.
The album opens with the inspirational and anthemic “Don’t Wait,” which offers much of the intensity that fans of the band have come to not only appreciate, but also expect. The message here is a clear one: Do not wait for opportunity to arrive as it may never show itself, as waiting for “the right moment” may have such opportunity come to pass. Rather, cease the day, as the moment may in fact be now. While the second track of the album, “Reason To Believe,” maintains this feeling of optimism that seems to be far more common on this effort than in any of the band’s previous releases, “The Secret’s In The Telling,” dealing with the struggle one must face when involved in a love that is as forbidden as it is desirable, is perhaps the strongest of the three opening tracks. [READ MORE]
Strays Don’t Sleep
Release Date: June 13, 2006
Hybrid (Red) | buy now
Strays Don’t Sleep, which is comprised of Matthew Ryan (vocals, guitars, keys), Neilson Hubbard (vocals, guitars, synth), Brian Bequette (guitar, loops and keys), Billy Mercer (bass guitar) and Steve Latanation (drums), offer on their untitled debut album a soulful collection of efforts that make for quite the easy-listening experience.
One of the most heartfelt songs, and perhaps the hopeless romantic track of the album, “Pretty Girl” focuses on a guy who finds a girl he does not know, yet has caught his eye, paying just as much attention to him as he is to her. Whether staring back at him at first, or smiling back at him later on, this song is truly about falling in love at first sight, and it captures that feeling perfectly as, not knowing if the two will ever cross paths again, the helpless pleas of “Please don’t change the way you changed me today, please don’t take this away” is offered only to be followed up with the chorus of “I’ll take her and make her so happy. So don’t take her. Don’t make her happy to be without me.” Rarely can this feeling ever be placed so accurately, yet here it is, offered as such. [READ MORE]
We Don’t Need To Whisper
Release Date: May 23, 2006
Geffen Records | buy now
“Everyone, everyone will listen, even if it hurts sometimes. If you will come and hear the message. Everyone wants to learn to love again.” The opening lines of “Valkyrie Mission,” the introductory track of the debut album, We Don’t Need To Whisper, by Angels & Airwaves, offers a short summary of what exactly this new band, led by Tom DeLonge of blink-182 fame, has sought to accomplish. While the introductory track offers insight into the band’s intent to assist listeners in finding love, “The Adventure,” which is the first single off of Whisper, offers even further insight into what this band, and album, is all about, which is gaining that sense of feeling when you know that you are alive and living, with Delonge having gone through a sort of rebirth himself with this new endeavor. [READ MORE]
Release Date: May 9, 2006
A&M Records | buy now
Eyes Open, Snow Patrol’s highly anticipated fourth album, follows up 2004’s double-platinum Final Straw with an incredible release that is, at times, a far deeper offering. The album, which consists of eleven solid tracks, hardly ever falters despite having what is seemingly a series of incredibly strong opening tracks.
The first two tracks of the album, “You’re All I Have” and “Hands Open” successfully provide fast-paced, enjoyable music that is likely to please the casual pop-rock fans, while also maintaining heartfelt, thought-provoking lyrics. Following this formula, “Shut Your Eyes” and “It’s Beginning To Get To Me” are also songs with great hit potential, sure to appease the MTV crowd. [READ MORE]
Release Date: March 21, 2006
Columbia Records | buy now
On his debut CD, Underage Thinking, Teddy Geiger draws comparisons to several of pop-rock’s more recent big-named artists. For instance, on the album’s opener, “These Walls,” there are immediate comparisons to Gavin DeGraw waiting to be made, both musically and vocally. He also seems to channel John Mayer on one of the album’s better offerings, “Try Too Hard,” and to a lesser extent, on “Air Dry” there are hints of Maroon 5. By proving so versatile, you get the sense that Teddy Geiger, at 17 years of age, may soon be one of the youngest success stories the music industry has had in some time. After all, the teen sensation was discovered during his stint on VH1’s 2005 In Search of the New Partridge Family, and had a role on the short-lived CBS drama, Love Monkey, prior to the CD’s release. [READ MORE]
The Secret Life Of…
Release Date: February 14, 2006
Sire Records | buy now
Australian pop/rock sister act, Jess and Lisa Origliasso AKA The Veronica’s deliver a blend of edgy powerpop mixed with a whole lot of emotion. Their refreshing debut album The Secret Life Of.. is compiled of infectious hits after hits. The 20-year-old identical twins collaborated with Britney Spears hit maker Max Martin, Don Gilmore (Linkin Park), Billy Steinberg (Madonna), Dr. Luke (Kelly Clarkson), Toby Gad (Enrique Iglesias) and Clif Magness (Avril Lavigne) to deliver quite possibly.. and it’s not too early to say this, the best teen pop album of the year.
The Veronica’s, who just finished up touring with singer, Ryan Cabrera and fellow powerpop band The Click Five are ready to take the world on one note at a time.
You immediately think chart-topper on every lyric of “4Ever,” the albums first single. It’s one of those party songs you feel the need to get up and dance with your friends to, or even the theme song to a perfect summer. [READ MORE]