Sound — 7
The sophomore album by Secret & Whisper is definitely the sophomore surge the band wanted to have. Although Teenage Fantasy does not stray far from their debut album Great White Whale, it does seem to be better mixed. The atmosphere of the mixing catches the sound perfectly. The guitars on the album are very much like the ones of Great White Whales, with glistening leads and warm rhythms. The drums offered by Ryan Loerke are fantastic. He brings the contemporary double bass patterns to the table that really brings the sound of the band together. His fills and grooves are the best part of each song, and it is entertaining to listen to. Apart from these similar aspects to the previous album, Teenage Fantasy does offer some synthesizers on the album, which just brings a new and exciting element to the music. The originality is lacking, as sounding very much like a continuation of Great White Whale, and Saosin.
Lyrics — 7
The vocals on the album are pretty much the same as a lot of the alternative/post-hardcore bands pooping up into the music scene today. They offer higher pitched singings that vary on the edge of falsettos. Charles Furney really does this type of singing well, and sounds much more improved then he did on Great White Whale. The lyrics on this album seem to be more mainstream than and not nearly as powerful as the ones written for Great White Whale. Warrior talks about a warrior cleansing people and saving them from evil spirits, making uses of other characters such as shamans. Again, the band brings the same elements from Great White Whale on over to Teenage Fantasy.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall, the sophomore surge for Secret & Whisper will come due to the many alternative fans looking for new bands, and especially bands with the excellence in musicianship that Secret & Whisper possess. Teenage Fantasy brings nothing extremely new to their name, but is a solid effort for a promising band. Alternative/Post-hardcore fans everywhere are bound to love this album. It features a well mixed variation of leads, riffs, intricate drums, and good vocals. Overall a decent album and it should receive a listening.