Sound — 9
Everyone listens to something different in a song. While one would be just captured by music and another by music and vocals, Hiding Inside The Horrible Weather will satisfy both. With guitarist Jesse Barreras inspirations and blues style, the music can give you something far different than what the lyrics can deliver. The alternatively down tuned guitars bring out a rich dark sound that progessively explode into a melodic chorus filled with emotion. While creativity doesn't stop with guitars, Percussion compliments the bands sound with vocalist Larry Solimans tambourine and the electronic drums in the intro of "Boys! Grab Your Guns".
Lyrics — 7
Unlike other bands in the genre, Hiding Inside The Horrible Weather captivates a youthful audience and tells the story of a few more issues than just failing relationships. The album concept leans to be more positive that derives from personal issues with band members and the band as a whole. Song meanings are strong on the record and describe what it's like to lose relationships you once had with those closest to you. Lyrics are catchy and well executed by Larry Soliman. While most songs on the album are fixed with the same meaning, each set of lyrics still has the ability to give the listener a different mood that is uncommon to the rest of the record.
Overall Impression — 8
Sophomore albums are the make or breaking points for artists. My American Heart will definitely see the light at the end of the storm with Hiding Inside The Horrible Weather. While amazed by the catchy chorus of the single "The Shake (Awful Feeling)", you can still feel the emotion with beautifully rendered tracks like "Tired and Uninspired" & "There Are More Frightening Things". It is definitely impressive how a band can mature so much and still have so much youth to display. After seeing the change between Hiding Inside The Horrible Weather and previous release The Meaning In Makeup, this promises fans that the next album will be that much better.