Year 5, Day 20: Mayday Parade – A Lesson in Romantics”
- Jamie All Over
- Black Cat
- When I Get Home, You’re So Dead
- If You Wanted A Song Written About You, All You Had to Do Was Ask
- Miserable at Best
- Walk on Water or Drown
- Ocean and Atlantic
- I’d Hate to Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About
- Take This to Heart
- Champagne’s for Celebrating (I’ll Have a Martini)
- You Be the Anchor That Keeps My Feet on the Ground, I’ll Be the Wings That Keep Your Heart in the Clouds
About the Album
A Lesson in Romantics is the debut studio album from Florida based pop-punk band, Mayday Parade. The album was recorded in January of 2007 and released on July 10th, 2007 through Fearless Records. The album peaked at number eight on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart and at number 31 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart.
Thoughts on the Album
There is something you need to understand about pop-punk. A single, deep, and underlying premise: pop-punk isn’t trying to change music or the world. Nope. The earlier you understand that premise, the sooner you can appreciate and enjoy the music. That said, today’s album, Mayday Parade‘s A Lesson in Romantics, is like most pop-punk albums… except a hell of a lot better.
From the first listen the album is chock- full of heavy hooks. That is something that A Lesson in Romantics does excellently. Catchiness is the name of the game. The mainstay of this album are it’s memorable hooks. Words to describe said hooks: breathless, melodic, and rhythmically brilliant. Not on song on the album will escape from your grasp. A prime example of this is with the opening track Jamie All Over. The track is cover, with the original song from a band by the name of Kid Named Chicago. Jamie All Over, instantly got stuck in my head. The passionate howls combined with broken guitar riffs and pounding drums work extremely well when merged together. Jamie All Over serves as one of the two end brackets with the album closer You Be the Anchor…. You Be the Anchor has some soft-speak and melodramatic vocals.It’s a track that hangs on the border of being pretentious, but manages to stay on the right side of that fine line. The soft-spoken verses give away to choruses that are buoyed by arpeggiated guitar riffs that can be heard elsewhere on the album.
What keeps this album from going into mediocrity you may ask? It’s keeping it simple methodology. Simple sing-a-long vocals and riffs keep this album afloat. Black Cat is a prime example of this.It is a song that has nothing about it. It’s pretty bland. But the hook is what saves the song… which is a rarity.
The album follows a formula and sticks to the formula most of the time. The drumming makes sure that the emotion matches track for track. The drumming makes sure the angry songs sound angry and desperate (If You Wanted A Song…) and the contemplative songs stay on their feet and always compelling (I’d Hate to Be You…).The vocals don’t sound too over-produced, with a quality about them, that even when shouted, are some of the most convincing lyrics and vocals of the decade.
For a 45 minute album, A Lesson in Romantics powers through those 45 minutes. Never does it drag along or lose it’s pace. The hooks, the heart, and everything else about this album are so well executed, it blows competitors out of the water. The is enough variety to keep this from becoming an album that sounds the same. Mayday Parade and A Lesson in Romantics sets the bar (incredibly) high for a genre where millions are trying to do the same thing.