The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Band of Skulls
I’m not even going to pretend that I understand the story behind the release ofAutomatic Loveletter’s debut album. After a band change, a couple of label changes, and numerous setbacks, Juliet Simms and her group have released their debut album. After all of her efforts, the album is out. More importantly, it’s ridiculously good. It’s more than redundant, but a few years ago Haley Williams and co. released the best record for rock bands fronted by a female vocalist in a decade. Paramore’s “Riot!” is an outstanding album and the modern era standard for women of rock. It’s hard to directly compare the bands because both have had different roads and both have accomplished different things. But it is possible to compare albums. There are very few rock albums better than “Riot!” to be released in the past few years; Automatic Loveletter’s “Truth or Dare” is on par with that album. Juliet and Haley Williams both have powerful voices, but Juliet Simms’ songwriting is flat-out stellar. Her melodies are impressive and the way her songs move from start to finish is superb. There’s not a bad song on this album, and some of them are amazing. There’s potential for at least two super-hit singles on this album. This album is borderline incredible and Simms’ passion in her voice is one of the main reasons why. From track to track she sings with energy and emotion that has to be heard to be believed. “Heart Song” is the single and what most have heard, but it just scratches the surface on this outstanding record. Automatic Loveletter’s debut album is long overdue but it was worth the wait. Hopefully this album takes off and the people who passed on releasing it realize the error of their ways.