Don't Kill The Magic
Isolate and Medicate
Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional does acoustic emo better than anyone can possibly do it, so when somebody does try and do that, it doesnít really hold up. It sounds like it, but itís just not like it. Itís kind of like New Coke. Secondhand Serenade on the first record was basically New Coke. Most of the time it was John Vesely on an acoustic guitar singing, thatís it. On this record a welcome change happened and the benefits of that welcome change have exploded. Secondhand Serenade made a record using more than just an acoustic guitar and heís reaping benefits for it. A hit radio single- ďFall For YouĒ and a couple in line that could do well in that sense are up too. Thereís legitimate percussion, other instruments, and more layers in Secondhand Serenadeís ďA Twist In My Story,Ē thus making it a better record and more appealing to emo and pop music lovers a like. The acoustic stuffs not all gone on this record- itís still here in a lot of places but it doesnít define John Vesely and Secondhand Serenade, itís another dynamic. With ďA Twist in My StoryĒ Vesely (Secondhand Serenade) needed to be more than one dimensional, and thatís what happened. Overall this is a good CD from start to finish with a few boring moments in between, but if you didnít like the last album, give this a set and thereís a pretty good chance you could get into Secondhand Serenade.