Sound — 9
"Mayday Parade" can easily be described as "the Gods of the Pop-Punk genre". From there debut, "A Lesson In Romantics", followed by the slightly less but still quite good "Anywhere But Here" all the way to the newest self-titled release "Mayday Parade" have proved time and time again that they fit in the stereotypes of Pop-Punk but they don't fit them in the negative way other bands might fit the genre. Most people were suspecting this to be a flop since "Anywhere But Here" had a slightly different and admittedly different sound that lowered the bar for "Mayday Parade". Although this album easily brings them back up and will remind everyone that they're the band to listen to. Whether you like them or not, no one can deny the fact that this band shows something most bands lack, and that's talent. From the catchy guitars to the fun to listen to drums, the beautiful vocals and everything in between, "Mayday Parade" basically deliver an all around great album.
Lyrics — 10
Heartbreak is the main concept in the album and it's delivered in the most heart-bending way. It's basically an album meant for teenagers. For what it is though, it really is one of the most top-notched albums lyrics wise. Teenagers is what the age-range seems to be for this album. Knowing myself, I tend to like a song better when I can relate to the lyrics. It makes you really give the song a chance. With the heartbreak in the album, nearly all Pop-Rock loving teenagers will be drawn in from the poetic verses, and all out near-emo choruses. The lyrics have actually been one of my favorite aspects of Mayday Parade. The creativity of how they use some great one-liners and make them their own really shows the passion this band has.
Overall Impression — 9
I went in having neutral feelings for this album. I absolutely loved "A Lesson In Romantics", and I only kind of liked "Anywhere But Here". My expectations were exceeded and much more. These guys continue to hold their throne in the Pop-Punk/Emo genre and they aren't going down anytime soon. Recommended Tracks: "You're Dead Wrong", "Priceless", "I'd Rather Make Mistakes Than Nothing At All", "Happy Endings Are Stories That Haven't Ended Yet"