Waterparks 'Double Dare' - Album Review.

Finally. FINALLY Texas trio Waterparks released their debut album after teasing us with three incredible pop rock singles, "Stupid For You", "Hawaii (Stay Awake)" and "Royals".

If you haven't heard of Waterparks before (where have you been?!) I suggest you read my previous posts on them to catch up a little bit, click for my introducing post and concert review.
However, if you've read this blog for a while you're probably more than aware of my insane love for the American band.

I will definitely say this album is not what I was expecting from Waterparks, however that being said I genuinely really like the way they've explored different avenues within their genre to create a wonderful, well-rounded album. Waterparks haven't strayed from their usual pop punk lyrics that so effortlessly tell a story (which personally, is what I think music should do) although they've experimented with different ways of presenting them.

The 13 track album stars with the 2nd track previously released "Hawaii" followed by "Gloom Boys" and the 2 other tracks already released. 

When "Made In America" started off I didn't expect it to be as rocky as it it, however I love the lyrics - a lot. Definitely one of my favourites. 
"Powerless" is the albums token ballad, about a relationship with someone who, well...makes you feel powerless and missing someone who doesn't miss you back. 
"Plum Island" is more of an electronica song which is something new for the band, whereas "Little Violence" is a heavier track but I feel it's a style which suits the band very well. 
"21 Questions" starts and ends as an acoustic song, with a good ol' guitar band vibe in the middle but  I feel like, surprisingly, this fits into the album perfectly.

Something I love about Waterparks, and vocalist Awsten, is the amount of personal detail added into the bands music. In the track "Dizzy" apart from the obvious nod to his surname and mentions of the fact he doesn't drink, you can really feel a sense of personal emotion coming across in the song.

After listening to the album, I'll be honest, it took me a good while to decide a favourite song, they're all so good. I'd definitely say this album is not what I was expecting from Waterparks, however that being said I genuinely really like the way they've explored different avenues within their genre to create a wonderful, rounded album. Waterparks haven't strayed from their usual pop punk/rock lyrics that so effortlessly tell a story (which personally, is what I think music should do) although they've experimented with different ways of presenting them.

I really look forward to seeing Waterparks perform this album live, as you know I'm a huge fan of them as a live band anyway. Hopefully they'll be back in the UK soon, but as of now they are on tour in the US with Sleeping With Sirens, so if you want to catch them on one of those shows all details are on their website.


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