Truth Or Dare review by Automatic Loveletter

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  • Released: Jun 22, 2010
  • Sound: 7
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7 Good
  • Users' score: 7.2 (17 votes)
Automatic Loveletter: Truth Or Dare
3

Sound — 7
If there's a band that has the potential to mimic the success of Paramore, it will likely be Tampa, Florida's Automatic Loveletter. The pop/rock band's sound revolves around the powerhouse vocals of Juliet Simms, who in many ways has the ability to take on grittier, more challenging songs than Hayley Williams. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on the audience), Simms primarily sticks with emotional ballads and your general pop fare. There's certainly a mass market for Automatic Loveletter's sound because of its accessibility, but the band's debut full-length record Truth or Dare leaves you wishing they would venture out of their pop comfort zone. With Josh Abraham in the producer's chair, Truth or Dare is sleek in terms of production value. If you're a fan of a pure rock sound, however, it may leave you slightly cold. The standout track is also one of the more intense offerings on the CD. Heart Song not only showcases Simms' fiery wails, the arrangement is also much more dynamic than the other 11 tracks. That one song alone should garner Automatic Loveletter attention and deservedly so. My Goodbye and Butterflies boost the momentum of Truth or Dare, but it's more in a dance/pop/synth-driven aspect than the rawer quality heard in Heart Song. For fans of ballads that build up to a big burst of emotion during the chorus, Automatic Loveletter will deliver in full. Hush, Let It Ride, and Eyes On You will undoubtedly be fodder for the Billboard Charts, and it's Simms' ability to convey heartfelt passion that sells each one. Truth or Dare is a bit ballad-heavy, but it's also an album that is being marketed to a specific audience. The talent within the band can be appreciated by anyone, but it's most likely a younger crowd (think Twilight fans) that will embrace Automatic Loveletter's sound.

Lyrics — 7
Not every ballad (or upbeat track for that matter) revolves around love/heartache, but the album does have its fair share of emotional themes. The tracks Fade Away and Story Of My Life deal with finding one's purpose and reflecting on the past's imperfections, with the latter's verses standing out as some of the most original and descriptive on the album. With the large helping of love ballads on Truth or Dare, however, Automatic Loveletter has chosen an apt title for its band's name.

Overall Impression — 7
Juliet Simms is already becoming a music veteran in her own right, having recorded a song with All Time Low and covering Coldplay's Fix You with Secondhand Serenade. It's completely understandable why she was sought out for these collaborations after hearing Truth or Dare, as she could very well become one of the top female vocalists on the pop/rock scene. For the pop genre, the tracks on Truth or Dare will likely be embraced, but in the end the momentum is halted by a saturation of ballads.

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    rockobsesse
    this is a great review. i would've personally have given it an 8, but your right about the whole "oversaturation of ballads." and yes, she is hot
    JaxBOM
    Ktool The Girth wrote: link no1 wrote: AngelTear wrote: She's not a stripper or a pornstar. She's a singer. I bet she'd like to be evaluated because of her music... and who cares if she's hot. yea...because there are so many ugly famous female musicians...and im pretty sure alot of people only like those bands cos the singers are hot its the way of the world...not many people want to see a fat chick with the face of a mule sing People see metal bands though am i right?
    Ktool...brutal! haha I actually decided to check them out on youtube, i would say the singer sounds like the lead singer of flyleaf and hey monday mixed
    Ktool The Girth
    link no1 wrote: AngelTear wrote: She's not a stripper or a pornstar. She's a singer. I bet she'd like to be evaluated because of her music... and who cares if she's hot. yea...because there are so many ugly famous female musicians...and im pretty sure alot of people only like those bands cos the singers are hot its the way of the world...not many people want to see a fat chick with the face of a mule sing
    People see metal bands though am i right?
    link no1
    AngelTear wrote: She's not a stripper or a pornstar. She's a singer. I bet she'd like to be evaluated because of her music... and who cares if she's hot.
    yea...because there are so many ugly famous female musicians...and im pretty sure alot of people only like those bands cos the singers are hot its the way of the world...not many people want to see a fat chick with the face of a mule sing
    haz_uk
    sounds like a crap version of hayley williams after smoking 40 fags.
    AngelTear
    macaroni wrote: She's hot. That's all I'm gonna say
    She's not a stripper or a pornstar. She's a singer. I bet she'd like to be evaluated because of her music... and who cares if she's hot. Checked out some songs, but they weren't too good. There are way better pop artists out there, IMHO (and BTW, the "too-many ballads thing doesn't disturb me at all). This smells too much of radio-friendly/commercial, but I could be wrong.
    EpiExplorer
    Razorshadow wrote: Skuzzmo wrote: macaroni wrote: She's hot. That's all I'm gonna say Shallow. That's all I'm gonna say.... macaroni right. Thats all im gonna say...
    Mmmm, macaroni.
    morciu
    AngelTear wrote: macaroni wrote: She's hot. That's all I'm gonna say She's not a stripper or a pornstar. She's a singer. I bet she'd like to be evaluated because of her music... and who cares if she's hot. Checked out some songs, but they weren't too good. There are way better pop artists out there, IMHO (and BTW, the "too-many ballads thing doesn't disturb me at all). This smells too much of radio-friendly/commercial, but I could be wrong.
    "Who cares is she is hot???" What's wrong with you everyone cares if she is hot. if her music sucks the least she could do is look hot.
    Razorshadow
    Skuzzmo wrote: macaroni wrote: She's hot. That's all I'm gonna say Shallow. That's all I'm gonna say....
    macaroni right. Thats all im gonna say...
    rob904
    she can't sing, haven't heard the album, but all the acoustic recordings she's on she goes of key as soon as she goes to put some zaz behind her voice
    Skuzzmo
    macaroni wrote: She's hot. That's all I'm gonna say
    Shallow. That's all I'm gonna say....
    Amuro Jay
    I want to listen to Heart Song and hear these fiery wails that the reviewer speaks of.