Artist: The Dangerous Summer
Album: Golden Record
Label: Hopeless Records
The Dangerous Summer have answered to 2011’s jaw-dropping effort, War Paint, with the blisteringly authentic new album, Golden Record. Brilliantly diverse in stepping away from previous releases, while still undeniably The Dangerous Summer, Golden Record gives listeners a new look into a band fully emerged in a career evolution. Many songs on the record show a natural progression one can only expect from a band that has found such acclaimed success so early in their career. Golden Record does not fail in containing some of the best tracks fans have ever heard from this act.
The record opens with the dramatic and emotional first single, “Catholic Girls,” which does a sound job of setting the tone for the tracks to come. “Catholic Girls” embodies what The Dangerous Summer does best by creating a passive-aggressive musical atmosphere, while frontman AJ Perdomo bellows relentlessly transparent vocal lines. Perdomo does a fantastic job of being brutally honest yet again on Golden Record, it can be argued The Dangerous Summer built their fan base on being so unavoidably relatable in their lyricism, which continues to hold true. For example, the forth number, “Knives,” sends chills down the spine when the chorus of “And I will always return to you / ’cause in a way I belong to you.”
While a solid listen from start to finish, there are certain tracks on Golden Record that capture just how fantastic The Dangerous Summer can be when on-point. The closing track, “Anchor,” is arguably the most well composed track of the band’s career. It contains a blissful chorus that flows in between verses of calm reflection. “Sins” also does a spectacular job of standing out amongst the others on the record, with a bridge lead by the melodic agony Perdomo successfully portrays. Golden Record contains some of the best songs we have yet to see from The Dangerous Summer and proves to be another great collection to what is shaping up to be one of the best discographies of this decade.
Review by: Matthew Leimkuehler (@callinghomematt)