5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Sounds like Chariot B-Sides,
This review is from: Gavin DeGraw (Audio CD)
"Chariot B-Sides" would have been a better title for this album, because if we are being honest there's not a single song on here outside of "In Love With A Girl"(which is basically a rip-off of "I Don't Want To Be" from Chariot) and "Relative"(my favorite song on the album) that would have been strong enough to have made the cut for Chariot. I absolutely loved Chariot and have been anxiously waiting for this release, but this is mediocre and definitely doesn't deserve the current 4 1/2 star rating it has on here.
This album lacks a lot of what made Chariot, in my opinion, one of the best pop-rock albums of the past decade. I don't hear as much sincerity from Gavin and a lot of time it just sounds like he's trying way too hard to make something with weak music and weak lyrics. It's almost as if Gavin didn't have strong enough material for a release but his record company was pushing this out the door. "Wait a minute sister, I know I ain't your mister". WHAT? And this is track #2? Come on Gavin..
I would be humming the songs from Chariot after every listen, but with this disc I've probably listened to it 5 times through so far and there's very little that's memorable here. That may be because I've not given it enough time, but there's nothing much catching my attention outside of the two songs I mentioned earlier to make me want to listen more. It may be unfair to compare this to an album as stellar as Chariot, but if you look at it another way and if this was the debut album from Gavin, I wouldn't have given this more than 2 listens. If I am comparing this to Chariot, this is a 2-star album, but to be fair, I rated this album on it's own merit and it's mediocre so 3 stars it is.