Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
“The Quilt” is what everybody expected. Something gets popular, gets big and also gets a little more mainstream. But with “The Quilt” I think that the group has generally put out a better album by morphing genres a little better, by tightening up the production a little bit, by morphing choruses and what they do that way more than on the last album, and by upping everybody’s dose of Travis McCoy and his ability to rap in a style that’s more original and let’s face it better than almost anybody in that genre. What’s special about “The Quilt” is what’s special about Gym Class Heroes- the ability to have a reggae song (“Drnk Txt Rmeo”), largely a soul song (“Like Father, Like Son), a straight hip hop song with Busta Rhymes (“Peace Sign Index Down”) and a pop-rock song (“No Place to Run”) all on the same album that mesh together in some kind of fashion. The whole albums not amazing there are some weak moments- “Cookie Jar” is yes marketable and going to do well for them, but on this album for this group… it sucks. The same thing can be said for “Kissin Ears.” Overall though the album comes together as a successful follow up and should give Gym Class at least two more hit singles, keeping the machine rolling.