As echoes of a number of these songs jumble together in my brain, all attempting to gain precious earworm space, I struggle to find words that fully describe how listening to Light the Rocket’s self-titled debut album Light the Rocket made me feel; addicted is a good place to start. Here we have 13 songs of pure pop adrenaline with rock sentiments, and boy does it make for a good time.
Some of the songs had me thinking ‘hey, I could hear this playing on the radio.’ “Carefully” really embodied that tone well, with a more standard pop style and sound. “Anchors,” a song that reminded me very much of the “Full House” theme for some reason, is another good example. These were songs that seemed to stick more to the basics, and provided a nice backbone for the album.
If you’re looking for a little more oomph, “Dragons” is a good place to start. The chords, drums and lyrics really come together nicely as ingredients for a truly creative and different kind of song. “Colors” has a similar effect, but sounds much more…colorful, for lack of a better word. Also give a listen to “Safe and Sound;” the riffs that will likely make your heart melt or dance, depending on what mood you’re in.
The crème de la crème for me, though, was this next group of songs. These were the earworms, the ones I was humming long after the notes stopped playing, the ones that made my head bob. “Rain Clouds,” which also happens to be the album opener, has just the right mix of catchy pop lyrics and vocals with a rocking beat and a really cool electronic break. Rock fans will appreciate “Man Eater” and “Shattered Hearts” as these are far more alternative than pop. These are two very different songs, but both have very catchy, complex melodies. The former, “Man Eater,” also features the first of only two rather impressive guitar solos.
Last, but by no means least, “Covered In Mud” is an incredibly strong ending song. Of all the complex rhythms, this one was the most satisfying, and I found myself really enjoying this one, to the point where I really was upset that it ended (as a note, I felt the same with “Man Eater”).
I found myself doing a lot of active daydreaming while listening to this, as weird as it may sound. It inspired action within me; I either wanted to be dancing around, belting out those notes I definitely can’t hit but try anyway with the help of shower acoustics, or sharing tunes with my friends. If you ask me, that’s a rather awesome way to feel when listening to music. Debut or not, this is simply an impressive album all around – so impressive, that I am adding it to my own personal music rotation.
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