All the favorites are there, beginning with opener Something to Say, the catchy energized opener that starts the album off with a bang. It begins as it did in the past with Micheal Martenson telling us he is just a pissed off kid from a town nobody really cares about and our heart gets to beating as we anticipate what is to come. Martenson’s vocals are powerful and commanding throughout.
One of my favorites on the album is Time Bomb, I love a song that casually floats along and all of a sudden when you least expect it, the singer screams out this low guttural scream, the juxtapose between the vocals is so exhilarating, and Martenson knows how to pull it off perfectly
Arson is a close second to Time Bomb, where the band shares a few rap skills, mixed in with their screaming it gives the pop-based song some depth.
But we have heard most of these songs, let’s get to what is new on the album, it includes two acoustic songs that are fan favorites. One of which is Giving Up. It is hard to say which is the better song. The original is one of those songs that feels so good to listen to with its poppy groove and singable chorus, but the acoustic version has to be the winner in my heart. Give me an acoustic version of any song and I will fall in love with it. There is just something the guitar sound that plays on me. Plus in Giving Up the shared vocals of Martenson and Cremer are exceptional. The song is still sing along with worthy, it just feels more personal. I can safely say of the 14 songs on the Gold Edition this is the one I have played over and over. I won’t deny, I have an emo heart and it plays right into the lyrics…’ Now I’m sick of waiting up… It seems my loves not good enough.‘
The second acoustic song is No Good For Me, its a bit more than acoustic but it is a solid song with some great lyrics and a breezy feel to it.
The other two new songs on the album are Fake Smile and Smooth Yazz.
All the songs on the Better Moments Gold Edition, both new and old are songs you can stand in a crowded venue and sing along too. They get stuck in your head and you will continue to sing them long after the album has ended.
If you have been a fan of Boys Of Fall you will love revisiting the previously recorded songs, and soon find that the four new ones fit perfectly into the album, as if they were meant for it in the first place. And if by chance this is your first listen of Boys Of Fall you will fall in love with the variety they give to you. Anyone can find a song on this album to love with the diverseness they have provided.
Boys Of Fall Are : Michael Martenson ( vocals ), Jake Cremer ( vocals, guitar ), Dan Quigley ( guitar ) Eli Sleeker ( Bass ) and Scott Solomon ( drums )
Better Moments Gold Edition Track Listing :
- Fake Smiles
- Something To Say
- Bad Company
- Giving Up
- Time Bomb
- Smooth Yazz (Bonus Track)
- Deja Vu
- Finding Home
- Better Moments
- No Good For Me (Acoustic)
- Giving Up (Acoustic)