I’ve been a Mayday Parade fan ever since “A Lesson In Romantics” dropped in 2007. I loved the sound they have been very consistent with creating, and the emotions their music has been able to evoke in me. Even after Jason Lancaster’s departure.
When I first saw the reviews for Monsters In The Closet, the fourth studio album from Mayday Parade, I was bummed to hear phrases like “hasn’t changed” or “is an average album”. But I was still excited to hear the record nonetheless.
I really enjoyed Monsters In The Closet. It’s classic Mayday Parade. It’s what any fan of this band would expect. No, it’s not the next major groundbreaking record of this genre. In all honesty, it is extremely hard these days to create an album like that. I personally feel that they’re already able to check that feat off of their list with the Romantics album. It paved the way for them to really be able to go nowhere but up and create whatever the hell they want.
“Ghosts” and “Girls” start things off in a great way. The album continues with ballads (“Even Robots Need Blankets”, “Angels"), intensified pop-rock anthems (“Demons”, “Sorry, Not Sorry”), and tracks that are truly “Mayday Parade” (“Nothing You Can Live Without, Nothing You Can Do About”). Fans will be thrilled with this record.
From the first two songs, you know exactly what you’re in for with this record: a great time. The piano ballad I know, in the past I’ve been a lot harder on bands for not mixing up their sound a bit (i.e., my review of The Story So Far’s sophomore effort), but I don’t know. Maybe I was just having a bad day. Go listen to this record and brighten your day.
Label: Fearless Records