Neck Deep has returned with a new album, All Distortions Are Intentional. It’s their fourth album and it showcases their evolution from angst-ridden pop punk noobs to mature life-philosophizing pop punk vets. The latest Neck Deep record is unlikely to get the attention it deserves outside of its expected audience, and that’s a shame – but this record will make the people who were going to listen to this record anyway really, really happy.
The album starts out with an immediate favorite “Sonderland.” Hard-hitting drums and an explosive chorus give the track a one-two punch that really makes it leave an impression. It’s an energetic, raucous adventure of a song but not the most interesting song on the record. That title could belong to a number of different tracks. There’s a crazy amount of songs with unorthodox melodies and distinctly different elements that make this record a pop punk record unlike anything that’s been released in the genre. Songs that come to mind in that category include “Fall”, “Lowlife”, “Quarry”, and “Pushing Daisies.” Even “When You Know” - which sounds a bit like something Alex Gaskarth would write - is just Brit enough to be its own thing.
All Distortions Are Intentional is a record that will leave a lasting impact. It’s timely, it's catchy, but most of all it’s just really good.