REVIEW: Consider Me Dead – ‘Young At Heart’

Young At Heart

Artist: Consider Me Dead
Album: Young At Heart
Genre: Electronic
Label: Standby Records

I’m not sure where I first heard of Consider Me Dead, but after listening to a few of their singles I became a fan of their music. They tied together post hardcore elements with electronic and pop beats, which was fun to listen to. They announced their debut album, Young At Heart, and fans were excited to see what they had in store for them.

Young At Heart opens with a short electronic intro, then quickly transitions to “The Eulogy Ballroom.” There is something clear about the band right away, just based off listening to this one song. This band is capable of writing some very catchy hooks. Some of the lyrics are a little cheap, but otherwise they do have some clever verses. This pretty much rings true for the entire album. “The Eulogy Ballroom” is easily one of the best tracks on the album.

“Up All Night” was one of the singles Consider Me Dead premiered before the album actually came out. For some reason this track had a lot of hype around it, but I don’t see why. It’s basically an electronic pop song with some acoustic guitars tied in. There’s not really much they are doing in this song that hundreds of other artists aren’t already doing. The next song on the other hand, “Rise Of The Harlot,” is another track worth noting. This is another example of the band’s clever writing skills and they even give fans a very brief taste of their screaming vocals.

The only other two songs that I am a fan of on this album are “Like Thunder” and “Pointless Chase.” The first of the two has some of the best lyrics, energy and melodies of the entire album. It even has one shining moment where they make it seem like there will be unclean vocals, though they only leave it with one single word screamed. Their screaming vocals are pretty good, and I’m bummed that they aren’t utilized more on this album. They could add a great dynamic to every song and we already know they’re capable of it.

I am certainly a fan of electronic music, and I’ve yet to get tired of hearing those elements in songs. This band has the potential to release decent electronic dance music, however there’s a lack of energy coming from the frontman. There’s some clever lyricism in a few of the songs and they are certainly catchy but the vocalist doesn’t have a ton of energy or passion for the most part. His voice is nice, but his delivery just isn’t satisfactory.

After hearing nearly all of their previous releases, it came as a shock to me that not a single song on this new album has full verses that are screamed. They had clearly established themselves as a post hardcore/metalcore band, and this album does not reflect that whatsoever. If they were trying to sound more like a band like Breathe Carolina they should just go for it and be awesome at it, or if they want something like I See Stars, that door is open too. Instead they decided to stick with something along the lines of a watered down version of Hell Is What You Make It. For anyone who was hoping to hear unclean vocals, it’s disappointing to say the least.

This is a band who seems to have exploded in popularity out of nowhere, somehow managed to garner nearly 700,000 Facebook likes before they released their first studio album and has now switched gears to release an album that’s not really like what they had essentially promised to fans. It’s a little odd, and I think some fans will be let down by it. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly believe these guys have good potential. The vocals themselves are fine, and writing mature lyrics should hopefully come with more time and experience. Overall though I am thoroughly unimpressed by this album.

SCORE: 6/10
Review written by Kriston McConnell

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