Sound — 9
The rise of the pop-punk generation has deeply affected modern sound and this, LHY's debut album, is no exception. Last Years Hero, a Perth born Australian band, released this album in 2004 and to this day it still has a profound and definitive sound. They use their lead guitarist (Mike Sanders) to his full potential, with fantastic over-riff solos. Most riffs are basic, but definitive, and give a clean, crisp sound, complimented by skilled drumming.
Lyrics — 10
The first time I listened to this album, I immediately took interest in the lyrics. They are deep and heartfelt, while still retaining a certain joyful tone to them. Not only the lyrics, but also the singing styles compliment their style of music effectively, and they are to be commended for doing so with such flair and inovation. The overall skills of the singer and backup singers is great; a pure, clean Australian sound with a perfect punk rock tone.
Overall Impression — 9
For a non-mainstream band, this album is of astonishingly good quality. As this is a debut album, no references can be made to previous work, but in relation to other similar bands, their style of music is extremely similar, while still keeping their own definitive sound. 'All Over Again' and 'Torn Apart' are 2 stand-out tracks, and 'From A Son' gives a nice change from the regular quick paced beat from the rest of the album. Many tracks sound similar and more variety between tracks could be implemented, but otherwise a fantastic debut album from a fantastic band. Definately a good addition to any punk rocker's CD collection.