Release Date: Jun 5, 2012
Record label: Aviate
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Emo-Pop
Self-editing is a near impossibility in any creative pursuit. You need to have an extra set of ears and eyes willing to tell you with little remorse that the idea you think is genius is just plain terrible. Five albums deep into his career as the Rocket Summer, Bryce Avary has obviously pleased thousands of fans with his glammy take on Christian rock, but the poor lad is in desperate need of someone to help hone his songwriting and to beg him to rein in his instrumental efforts.
This review originally ran in AP 288. The shelf life of a pop star is meant to be brief. Does anyone really think Justin Bieber (or One Direction, for that matter) is going to be a relevant cultural force in five years’ time? Chances are, no—because these acts function as a gateway artists for young fans, who are still figuring out their identity and musical taste.The prognosis for pop-rock stars, in contrast, is much better.