The third album for American Authors is Seasons and it showcases the range and talent by a group that met at The Berkeley College of Music. Seasons is ten songs of intelligent alternative pop music that's not only vastly different from what the band has released in the past, but it's vastly different from song to song.
"Stay Around" is an instant tone-setter for the record. It's steady beat lends to the immediate vocal hook that seemingly lasts the whole song. The melody in the verse is just as good as the melody in the chorus and if the song ever gets pushed as a true single, you'll get to hear it as much as you got to hear the songs on the first American Authors record. "Say Amen" and "Neighborhood" are special moments on the record. "Say Amen" with Billy Raffoul transitions well from "Stay Around" with the same type of vipe. It's like a gospel song running on full-tilt. "Neighborhood" featuring Bear Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE is another special moment on the record - Rinehart lends his special voice and harmonizes with American Authors frontman Zack Barnett perfectly. The melody and the content of the song are special too. Other songs on the record, "Calm Me Down" has the best melody on the album. "I Wanna Go Out" is the perfect beer commercial song, (it's been used for that too), and it's rhythm and chorus make it special. "Deep Water" has been out since last year and it's an amazing song. "Bring It On Home" is reminscent of the songs on Oh, What A Life, and "Real Place" is kind of the perfect end-credits song that ends the album perfectly.
American Authors keeps getting better and this record is their best yet. It's different from song to song and it's a different record than what they had put out in the past. It also showcases the clear growth of Zack Barnett and the rest of the band. This is a great record that we'll be listening to throughout the rest of this year.