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Same ol' Icon with a twist!
on October 15, 2013
I loved Icon For Hire's debut album, Scripted, and this new one does not disappoint! They have stepped up their sound with this album. It is definitely more pop-heavy, but has its rock breakdowns throughout.
"Cynics & Critics" is probably the song most similar to their original album. It reminds me of Make a Move, their first single from Scripted, but has a unique flavor to it.
"Sorry About Your Parents" has a haunting sound to it. While it has some sarcasm to it and could be taken as being too harsh, I truly believe this message of not wallowing in your past and hurt, but instead standing up and moving forward, is something today's young people need to hear loud and clear. Knowing Icon For Hire's passion for this type of crowd, I am confident this song is out of love and a desire to see people overcome!
"Slow Down" is one of two slower ballads on this album. It is beautiful! Ariel's voice nails this gorgeous, sweet song. I love the use of bells throughout. The message of this song is a great reminder to focus on what we have and the beauty around us.
"Think I'm Sick" gives a totally new sound to Icon. I immediately thought Lady Gaga, but with a harder rock sound. I love the electronic aspect to it as well.
"Fix Me" is the second ballad on this album. What a lovely song with a great message. This is absolutely one of my favorites from this album.
"Rock and Roll Thugs" hits on the topic of how well-meaning family members or pastors can often focus on the "type" of music kids listen to and try to change this part of their life. They miss how this music may be a part of these kids and they refuse to even hear them out or encourage them. I think this is a major problem in today's culture and I love how Icon nailed this issue through Rock and Roll Thugs.
"Pop Culture" totally has a Britney Spears sound. It is amazing how every song has a new sound to it. My favorite line from this: "High Fructose Hollywood." As always, they speak to the problem with pop culture today.
Last but not least, "Counting on Hearts" is my favorite on this album! It's a tribute to the fans and has some of the coolest electronic sounds, as well as some nice haunting choir harmonies in the background.
Overall, this album is a step in the right direction. Icon for Hire has developed their own sound and it works. WONDERFUL.