Album Review – It Boys! with ‘Introduction’ a new form of boy-band? @ITBOYSMUSIC
Album Review – It Boys! with ‘Introduction’ a track-by-track review
Based in Los Angeles, ‘It Boys!’ are made up of Matt Cut, Duck Leary, Tommy Coops, Judah Leary and Jeff Oster. The guys are signed by Hollywood Waste Records and are a new twist of a pop sound with an edgier, rock-based image.
In February 2012 they took part in the Blackout Forever Tour with Breathe Carolina and The Ready Set. They have recently released Guys Don’t Like Me, accompanied with a video, and after a listen of the full album, they are definitely going to be a hit with fan-girls all over the UK. I like the fact they’re sound doesn’t quite match their image (in my opinion anyway!) and I’d advise you listen to more than one track to benefit from their range of sounds.
Start The Party – Does exactly what it says on the tin, the epitome of cheesy pop to get you in the mood for a get-together. Cleverly including LMFAO and MJ in their lyrics, the boys are a typical American pop band, but I’d find it difficult to distinguish lead singer Matt’s vocals from any other bad of a similar nature.
Spotlight – This is going to be a definite hit with boyband fanatics like Directioners and Beliebers. I can imagine the kind of dance routine that would go with this, and the young girls swooning over the lads whilst dreaming that they were sharing the spotlight.
Guys Don’t Like Me – This has been released recently, and is free to download from their official website. I really like the bass guitar in this song; it’s a really rough and edgy sound. I prefer this style of their music rather than the tedious pop sound that is often in the charts in the modern day. Matt’s vocals are also more enjoyable in this song – dare I compare the voice to a less mature or refined Alex Gaskarth? (I’m a HUGE Gaskarth fan, so the comparison is not too deep, not too deep at all!)
Rooftops (feat. J.Trill) – More of a club scene track with a bit of a David Guetta feel under it. The guys have definitely set themselves up for a few routines on their sequel tour! With an accompaniment of J.Trill, they’ve hit all the criteria for a hit – watch this space!
Crazy – Another heavy bassline that refines the song and compliments Matt’s vocals to make them super hot. This might even make it into my Summer playlist – it would be great to listen to by the pool in the sun! The chorus is a little repetitive though, but I suppose that makes it easier to sing along to.
Right One – The guys take it down with an acoustic intro to this song, and the title sets us up for a distinctive love song that we all hate to love. With the ‘polaroid pictures’ and ‘all night long’, this could be a guilty pleasure for the older teen – who can turn down a bit of romance when it’s performed by five heart-throbs?
Sun Burns Down – The beginning of this song reminds me of She Makes Me Wanna by JLS, but is totally transformed when the vocals start. Foot-tapping, hand-clapping, head-bobbing – one or all of these will happen when you listen to this, the beat is so catchy!
One Night – I can’t help but love these guys even if I’m not really a fan of the song, and this is a perfect example. They’re a bit of a guilty pleasure, taking pop and bringing it up to date rather than the classic Backstreet Boys and Take That back in the day that we all know the words to. I wouldn’t say these lads are going to make a stamp on the music industry as much as them, but they’re giving it their best shot!
Torn In Two (feat. BC Jean) – Girl meets boy. Boy loves girl. Girl and boy sing a song about falling in love. You find yourself accidentally pretending to be one of the two. A little bit of a slower tempo is used in this tune, and I think we can all imagine what the video is going to look like. It’s great to listen to through headphones, and if you’re like me and completely immerse yourself in a song whilst staring out the window on a rainy day, pretending to be in a top Hollywood film, then this is a perfect tune. (Don’t deny it – I’m not the only one!)
Better Than Your Boyfriend – I really don’t like titles like this, they remind me of Justin Bieber, and I’m afraid I’m not a fan. Could have been a little more inventive, and the song is pretty similar to some of the first tracks. But if, unlike me, you like being called ‘Shawty’ and ‘Baby Girl’, then give it a listen.
Shy (feat. Cassadee Pope) – When Cassadee joins in, this song reminds me of something I’d hear at my primary school disco all those years ago, when girls and boys stood on separate sides of the room and stared awkwardly at the Panda Pop and cola bottle sweets. I don’t like this track as much as the ones with more bass and guitar riffs – it’s like something Carly Rae Jepsen would sing.
Spring Break Up – A classic high school warbler, cheesy lyrics and all. It fits with the rest of the album – although not one of the best songs, the party-rock bass line saves it from me disliking it completely. Let’s just say I’d give it a go on the dance floor after a bit of encouragement.
Burning Up (feat. Jeffree Star and Lacey Schwimmer) – I had to wait for the whole album before I found one of my favourite tracks by the It Boys! It still doesn’t beat Guys Don’t Like Me in my opinion, but the contrast of Lacey’s voice with Matt’s make this a great party tune, especially for the younger listener. Yet again, the beat is likeable, and I’m a fan of Jeffree’s rap!
THE ALBUM IS RELEASED IN THE UK JUNE 4th
Words by Holly Braine – connect with Holly on twitter! https://twitter.com/#!/hollieeemary