AJR is an indie pop band whose claim to fame was their 2013 single “I’m Ready”. “The Click” came out in 2017 and now, two years and several critic beat downs later, their new album “Neotheater” is out. So, how do I feel about the album? Let’s review “Neotheater” by AJR.
Let’s start with saying I am not very fond of this band. The songs I heard from “The Click” were cliched and showcased some very poor lyrics.
Sadly, this album has the same issues I have with some songs off “The Click”.
Before I go any further, if you like AJR, that’s totally fine.
Now, a song by song review:
“Next Up Forever”: Repetitive and cringe-worthy. One of the many low points of the album. 2/10
“Birthday Party”: This song isn’t that bad. Its got a solid chorus and the lyrics aren’t aggressively nonsensical. 6/10
“100 Bad Days”: Nonsensical lyrics, horrendous chorus, mediocre singing, all with a little dollop of cringe on top. Bad Song Sundae! 2/10
”Don’t Throw Out My Legos”: A giant mess of weird noises and bad songwriting. 2/10
“Break My Face”: Bad lyrics and lots of cliches aspects. More of the same. 2/10
“Turning Out Part 2”: This song actually sounds pretty decent overall. 7/10
“The Entertainment’s Here”: Mediocre lyrics with decent singing. 5/10
”Karma”: This song sounds very whiny and fake deep. 2/10
”Beats”: Overused meaning with okay singing and beat. 4/10
“Wow, I’m Not Crazy”: Obnoxious and bland. 2/10
”Dear Winter”: A refreshing break from the overbloated pop this album is loaded with. 7/10
“Finale “Can’t Wait To See What You Do Next”: The album ends with a whimper here. 3/10
The lyrics here are just plain bad in my opinion, like the verse on “Don’t Throw Out My LEGOs” where the lead singer says “Don’t throw out my LEGO’s, what if I can’t let go?” To me, that sounds forced, like the trio slapped that on the chorus without a care in the world.
The album is also bland, showing nothing new for the indie pop genre. AJR doesn’t seem to get that overbloated and boring doesn’t equal good. I found myself wanting to stop listening frequently during my listening session due to just how boring it is.
It’s also worth mentioning the singing is just okay.
Verdict: AJR is personally one of my least favorite bands of all time, and this album proves it. 3/10
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