It appears that the Summer Set are in the midst of making up its mind about who the band is. Which is, of course, a good thing considering the number of bands toeing the line between genres and attempting to cater to as many audiences as possible. Just take a look at All Time Low, whose recent major label debut Dirty Work follows in the footsteps of many a pop-punk band that can’t seem to decide which side of the fence to land on, and in the process, alienates a plethora of potential listeners.
While the Summer Set's full-length debut, Love Like This, was firmly entrenched in happy-go-lucky young love, its follow-up, Everything’s Fine, finds the bandmembers wiser in matters of the heart and more mature in their musicianship. The charm that previously pulled in listeners is there, but Everything’s Fine sets aside most of the saccharine-laden hooks in place of a more laid-back, breezy vibe, positioning the Summer Set to reach more pop-minded audiences while still pleasing loyal fans. This is bolstered by producer John Fields, whose résumé ranges from P!nk to Jimmy Eat World, who captures the quintet with a new sense of focus and universality.
Review Summary: You can almost hear the collective sigh of acne-infested teenagers.When The Summer Set released a trio of EPs over the span of twelve months beginning in late 2007, the young Arizonan quintet were clearly living for the moment and having fun. Playing a simple and energetic brand of pop-punk, it was the usual hit and miss batch of songs that ranged from infectiously catchy to downright embarrassing. No-one thought that they could make the step up to a full-length release without stacking it with filler, so it came as a pleasant surprise as to just how consistently enjoyable the band's debut LP 'Love Like This' turned out.
These days, pop punk is usually a “you’ve heard one, you’ve heard it all” kind of scenario. There are only so many ways to describe a broken heart, a cheating devil woman, or a yearning to leave your hometown in search of more. Enter The Summer Set. On paper, they sound like every other poppy punk act you’ve heard in the past few years (Plain White T’s, specifically), but there’s something unique about their latest LP, Everything’s Fine.