Sunday, July 30, 2006

Music Review -- Soundtrack to Your Life by Ashley Parker Angel

At any point in my life, I am usually addicted to one embarrassing television show. Currently, it’s Rock Star: Supernova. Before that it was the first couple seasons of the O.C. Way before any of these, it was the original Making the Band. This hilarious show followed the creation of a boy band called O-Town. One of the first members was Ashley Parker Angel who has just released his first solo album.

Reviewers have actually been fairly kind to the album. APA has taken the rock route for this disc, though it is clearly made for the masses. A super slick pop-punk sound comparable to the All American Rejects permeates the album. There are a couple decent songs like the groovy Beautiful Lie, but most of the lyrics are completely sickly-sweet with cutesy titles like Let U Go and Crazy Beautiful. Despite finding this CD interesting because of the show and recognizing that APA definitely has some sincerity and talent, this is too overproduced to listen to.

1.50 out of 4.00 on the Vin Swanson Scale.

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