A Review of The Rocket Summer's “Sweet Shivers”
It's been three years since The Rocket Summer released his last album, “Zoetic,” and now he's back with a brand new album called “Sweet Shivers. Anyone who's been a fan of Bryce Avary since “Calendar Days” should have no problem enjoying his latest project. The entire album sounds like a more mature, up-to-date version of his older stuff, a clear move in the right direction. “Sweet Shivers” is a thirteen track album with a very synth-pop rock sound infused with a little bit of jazz. If you haven't listened yet, be sure to do so after you read my review.
A light guitar melody with upbeat lyrics is quickly cloaked in a much heavier sound with contradictory lyrics. Through both music and prose, this song tells the story of everything you can be if you're able to let go of the negative voices in your head that are telling you you can't.
This track has a more positive feel than the first. The lyrics are very defiant in an almost rebellious way, and they're supported by a buoyant drum beat and a feel-good melody.
If you're going to skip a track on this album, it will most likely be this one. It's not terrible, I can see myself listening to it as background music if it comes on shuffle, but I won't be seeking it out. Something about the music reminds me a lot of Snow Patrol, and although I don't typically have issues understanding Bryce Avary when he sings, I found he sounded very muffled in this song.
One of the reasons I originally started listening to The Rocket Summer was because he reminded me a lot of Jack's Mannequin. “Garden's” is a perfect example of that similarity. The music is fun, unique, and makes me think of summertime and the meaning behind it is existential in the best way.
If you're into synthetic jazz music, “Peace Signs” is the song for you. It's a super chill song about good vibes that I can see myself listening to when I need a break from negativity.
The horns are the star of “World's Greatest.” They help shine a light on the darker parts of the song and leave listeners looking forward to a brighter future.
The last track on “Sweet Shivers” is clear, concise and the perfect send off for an album well done. It's a track that will make you want to hit repeat and listen to the album again.