Oh, yes, The Afters. You remember their song, “Beautiful Love”, right? Oh, those were the days…
Okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but this album was definitely due. At least they didn’t wait as long as Inhabited did, (I can almost hear some people saying, “Who?”) so they weren’t almost forgotten by people.
On their latest effort, “Never Going Back To Ok”, they have a track list that sound kinda-sorta similar to their last album, “I Wish We All Could Win” but overall, they’ve improved greatly. They start off with ‘The Secret Parade’ a psychedelic/rock song reminiscent of The Beatles, which unfortunately, lasts less than two minutes, but any sadness of that track being cut short is soon forgotten when their title track starts playing, a song that could easily fool people into thinking they’ve become an Alt. Rock band, rather than remaining the status quo. Well, they’ve definitely remained the status quo, but don’t get me wrong, the record is still good; in fact it’s probably one of the best I’ve heard this year. (But the year is still pretty young, there’ll be other albums.) Some of the highlights from the record (including the two I’ve named) are ‘Tonight’, ‘One Moment Away’, “Ocean Wide’ ‘Beautiful Words’ and ‘Myspace Girl’, a sweet song based on the true story of how their former bassist met and got to know his wife through MySpace. (Gee, why do you think he’s their “former” bassist? Hmm…)
Now while it’s an excellent album, there’s one thing I didn’t care for: its Let’s-Start-Out-Slow-But-Then-Later-In-The-Song-We’ll-Kick-In-The-Guitars continuum on lots of tracks. But don’t think that’s a bad thing, it just got a little irritating for me. But nonetheless, still a great album, and well worth the (long) wait.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
review courtesy of girlwithguitar