Year 2, Day 33: A Hopeless Romantic

Year 2, Album 33: Bouncing Souls – Hopeless Romantic

Tracklisting

  1. Hopeless Romantic
  2. ’87
  3. Kid
  4. Fight to Live
  5. Bullying the Jukebox
  6. You’re So Rad
  7. Night on Earth
  8. Monday Morning Ant Brigade
  9. ¡Olé!
  10. Undeniable
  11. Wish Me Well (You Can Go to Hell)
  12. It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humanity
  13. The Whole Thing

About the Album

Hopeless Romantic is the fourth studio album from New Jersey base punk rock band, Bouncing Souls. The album experiments with tempos and genres, all the while maintaining their band’s core energetic punk sound that is found on their previous releases.

Thoughts on the ALbum

Last year, I reviewed a Bouncing Souls titled How I Spent My Summer Vacation (click here to read about that!). Reason why I love this band is because of their sound. It’s fast paced, in-your-face and loud. But it maintains an ability of being catchy enough to clap, dance, and/or sing along to the songs. What the Bouncing Souls do well is combine bountiful pop hooks and humorous lyrics with punk aggression.

Take for example, the ninth track, ¡Olé!; it’s essentially a soccer (football, if you’re in Europe/rest of the world) chant for the chorus and the opening. You’ll either love it or hate it, but you won’t deny who extremely catchy it is. Plus song is essentially one verse long with the chorus and repeating first verse….

Bouncing Souls no one can beat us, we drink beer and wear Adidas, anywhere we get the itch, we’re off to find a proper fix. Lace your Sambas, get on out, off we go to kick it about, win or lose we’re having fun, we won’t quit until we’re done.

We got heart when we play, take you on, anyday…

If you listen to it one too many times, not that there IS too many times to listen to one song, the chorus of “¡Olé! will get stuck in your head.

Quick hits: The title track and album opener, Hopeless Romantic is an aggressive tune. The aggressive tune is backed up by great guitar and bass work. The lyrics have a twinge of snark and humor to them. ’87 is another good tune filled with some nostalgia. Bullying the Jukebox is an insanely catchy, yet hilarious tune. The guitar work is crisp and sharp. Kid is definitely a highlight from the album, and is a fan favorite. The track Wish Me Well (You Can Go to Hell) is a hilarious number. The lyrics are snarky and sarcastic, and work well as a joke song. The song is a perfect spoof of male/female duets, while obvious, it injects some endearing self-deprecation.

Conclusion

Hopeless Romantic has a pretty good formula: take snarky, humor-filled, lyrics add fast tempo guitar, bass, and drum work and memorable hooks. It works. Songs like Hopeless Romantic, Kid, ’87, Bullying the Jukebox, and ¡Olé! will have the listener singing along to them.

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