Label: No Sleep Records - NSR1252 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Punk, Indie Rock, Emo
Reviewer Rating. Major League are a pop-punk band from New Jersey. Having lost their lead singer before this release, the two guitarists in the band took over vocals; with Brian Joyce taking lead duties. Now, the band are Kaleidoscopes - Major League - Theres Nothing Wrong With Me with a new, improved sound, which is showcased on new release There's Nothing Wrong With Me. Their earlier records sounded like pure pop-punk. The really cheesy kind. They've now got a more gritty sound, and more depth.
After touring with bands like I Am the Avalanche and Turnover, it sounds like those two bands in particular rubbed off Morlocks In England - Phillip Boa And The Voodooclub* - Hair them. There are big moments, like the stunning "Kaleidoscopes" which is pop perfection, with its utterly gigantic singalong chorus; while closer "Rittenhouse" is atmospheric and brooding, building slowly from an understated intro to a big finale.
There is also a lot of range across the record. From the heartfelt acoustic track "Montreal" where the vocals shine, to the interesting "Just As I Am" which sounds like it could fit quite easily on Balance and Composure's latest release.
On the whole, it's a solid record. There isn't too much which screams 'instant hit' apart from the aforementioned "Kaleidoscopes," but it's a good, rounded, confident release, from a band who've undergone such a big change. It's a nice fresh start at least, for a band who never really made that sort of lasting impact before. Next Review Fury: live in Providence.
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