RIYLBoys Like Girls
Self Against City
3. Anyone Else
4. Just Say So
5. Night Moves
6. You Don’t Need Love
7. The Wizard
8. See You
9. I Talk to Me
11. When You’re Around
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Popularity has become predictable, especially now that trends become solidified commercially. Like teenagers on a shopping spree at Hollister, predictability comes every time they add “like” and “uhm” to their sentences. Music, now more like a game of numbers, is pre-set into Hollister media players with artists ranging from Fall Out Boy and Boys Liked Girls to Cartel. The entourage of popular punk bands captures the hearts of millions, or at least their wallets.
Don’t think most bands' success involves any bit of integrity at all. Really, the formula to popularity, and a heaping pile of cash, is very simple. For one approach, just follow rapper MIMS. No, he’s not popular because he’s hot. The case is, he was repetitive as a senile grandmother with Alzheimer’s, but it helped him win the number game. Though MIMS sold a million saying nothing important on the track, the specious trick is used by various other artists and it proves to be very successful.
Down To Earth Approach cashed in on the trick. After interning at Vagrant Records, singer Jonathan Lullo snatched a record deal for his band, the perfect platform for releasing an album full of repetitive love stories. The whole “lets sing about love” concept is hardly taken seriously, yet the band insists on drilling the love struck story line into our heads. With the help of the often criticized, trite use of the same repetitive chords and the beginner drum fills, the vocals shine through like neon vacancy signs. Vacant, like how the band sounds a cappella and the songs sound hollow. The band forgets to add anything more than a catchy introduction to the music yet never fails to repeat a specific refrain line often enough to be annoying. The repetitiveness could have worked if they weren’t planning to use it in songs like the acoustic “You Don’t Need Love”. As polished and pretty as it sounds, it equals nothing more than aggravation. The same holds true for the rest of the tracks. Clever lines are sporadic (unless you’re one for emo, then they’re everywhere) and a few parts are worth listening to, but the tracks never seem to be completely finished. They either lack another half of the song or things would have been better edited out.
Mother always says being popular isn’t important. Mother should have told Down To Earth Approach that before they sold themselves short. The band had a better chance at success with Another Invention, their previous release. Come Back to You doesn’t even have what it takes to be queued in Hollister's trendy media players.