Album Reviews

Walk the Moon – Walk the Moon

on June 20, 2012, 7:57am
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They say to never judge a book by its cover, but this age-old idiom probably didn’t see Ohio-based pop quartet Walk the Moon coming. Then again, neither did the industry — as the band managed to self-release an album, tour extensively, and book appearances at last year’s Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza without label support. Snatched up by RCA and now putting out records proper, we have Walk the Moon. And it’s exactly what you would expect from a band who has toured with Panic! at the Disco, Grouplove, and Young the Giant: huge, catchy choruses, danceable melodies, and poppy, life-affirming lyrics. Nothing more, nothing less.

The song composition is impeccable for inciting dance parties and rowdy singalongs, with the falsetto vocals of “Shiver Shiver”, the opening drum sequence of “Quesadilla”, and the heavy synths of ”Fixin”‘ among the notable highlights. The band switches from uptempo drum kicks to atmospheric soundscapes of echoing beats and guitars seamlessly, with Nicholas Petricca’s soaring vocals making the transitions even sweeter, especially noticeable on “Next in Line”.

On the lyrics front, the sonic depth achieved by the layers upon layers of synths is not quite paralleled. “Next in Line” can’t help but recall old Panic! at the Disco’s hormone-driven songs about ‘testosterone boys and harlequin girls’ with lines such as “My eyes are on the road, and my mind is on your body.” The lyrical spectrum of the album stays about on this level throughout, with gem one-liners like “Jenny’s got a body just like an hourglass, I’m taking my time, taking my time.”

Closer “I Can Lift A Car” grows the way a pop ballad should, expanding from quiet first lines to triumphant, repeated choruses at its conclusion. It’s in this meeting of initial expectations and formulas that makes this song, and album as a whole, tire a little quicker than normal summer playlist favorites should, ultimately rendering Walk the Moon a lukewarm, uninspiring collection of generic pop songs.

Essential Tracks:  “Quesadilla”, “Shiver Shiver”

 

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amber
July 16, 2012 at 11:21 am

Love this album! picked it up for $8.30 on Amazon Student Deals! So rad!

C.h. Smith
June 27, 2012 at 11:10 am

i’ll agree with the reviewer on this one.

Vlad
June 24, 2012 at 2:21 am

This album kicks ass, young Jackie Chan style. If it was a woman, I’d make love to it, marry it, and abuse it. Amazingly sexy stuff.

Blendycat
June 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

This summer dance party lacks any substance for repeated listening. These guys sound like they are definitely trying too hard. I’ll just wait for the new Passion Pit album.

Blendycat
June 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

This summer dance party likes any substance for repeated listening. These guys sound like they are definitely trying too hard. I’ll just wait for the new Passion Pit album.

Grace
June 21, 2012 at 9:14 pm

This review is very odd. It’s almost like you’re trying to find excuses NOT to like it. Stop trying to play it cool and just own up to the fact that Walk the Moon writes infectious pop tunes. Just you wait…in time you’re going to have this album on repeat and regret this review ever happened.

Jennifer Tindal
June 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I think the album is full of some great, catchy songs that will be on repeat all summer! Iscariot is a shining track that really flexes these guys talent, Shiver Shiver is very adorable, and Anna Sun is undoubtedly the best Summer song we’ve had in a while. Everyone that hears it loves it. Awesome record, guys! Congrats on being MTV’s Push Artist of the week. Killer interviews over there. on.mtv.com/LwNZdr

Adam
June 21, 2012 at 8:36 am

Ha. I thought she liked it after reading the review before I saw how many stars she gave it. Doesn’t really mesh.

Also weird to not mention Anna Sun at all.

But she’s right, nothing groundbreaking here- but I do like the record and think it’s fun. That’s all I need in a summer pop record.

Dan Foster
June 21, 2012 at 5:25 am

WTF? Only 2 stars. Ugh. Their songs are damn catchy! One of the best albums i’ve heard so far this year. #goodmusic

J
June 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm

you failed to mention “iscariot”, which on first few listens seem to be on the best songs. This review seems rather rushed, disappointing for CoS standards.

Jessica Goldman
June 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I agree with Charlie.

Charlie Kelly
June 20, 2012 at 7:36 am

Wrong

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