‘Come Get Some’ delivers more of the same
Breaking Laces’ latest effort, “Come Get Some” is a smooth and enjoyable ride – even if it is a familiar one.
The album is well produced, nicely arranged and demonstrates how the band, at least, tries to push for a variety of sounds, as the group settles into a nice little groove.
A downside of the group’s most recent outing is it tries to push itself a little too far in later tracks, a common mistake for acts with something to prove, and sort of loses the listener by tracks 11 and 12 instead of wrapping things up in a nice little package.
The arrangement of songs is appropriate (although there is some room for improvement), as the album alternates between the sappy and the more poppy and happier.
“Come Get Some” opens with a more softer-style love ballad, “Better Than Me,” which sounds like something straight out of one of Chris Daughtry’s earlier works and is pretty much your archetypical suburban scorned lover song of being left for a total jerk. That sounds relatable.
The band would’ve sucked more listeners into the album had it opened with a punchier track, and it is disappointing their more radio friendly songs are buried below more mediocre songs.
“Mr. Curry is a Cop” is by far the album’s more amusing track and should make for a fun sing-along when the band takes its act on the road. The beat and structure of this hit is familiar in sound to Fountains of Wayne’s 2003 single, “Stacy’s Mom,” and begins to hint a little to the band’s versatility.
You really can’t go wrong with a story about a corrupt teacher who tries to lure unsuspecting students into less-than-desirable situations, right?
“Come find me after school, you’ll see I’m super cool and maybe we can score some pot, But Mr. Curry is a cop, oh yeah, and he ain’t ever gonna stop.” Or even, “He’s always hanging around asking what’s going down, It kind of creeps me out.”
“Post Graduation March” is nicely done coming of age pick-yourself-up kind of song that will likely strike a chord in the hearts of listeners with the lines, “Almost all of your dreams have to die, So I’m asking please think twice before you lay low, Graded all your life without longing, Will only lead to the lions, Close your eyes and remember I will be by your side.”
The album’s sound does have some questionable moments, including, “I use to be a Boy Scout,” as the band starts to incorporate a rapping style of singing mixed in with rock, and, needless to say, it just doesn’t work well for these guys.
Overall, “Come Get Some” has touches of Death Cab for Cutie, Bowling for Soup and maybe even Snow Patrol, while trying to blend in their own one-of-a-kind sound, albeit a little blurred.