Produced by James Paul Wisner (Dashboard Confessional, Underoath, and The Academy Is), Search the City's debut on Tooth and Nail Records is a hook-laden gem in a land where cookie cutter bands have become the norm.
While I personally feel that Tooth and Nail is a label that knows the sound they like and goes after it time and time again, for the most part this has worked in their favor. They have signed a few duds over the years (Sullivan's debut was nothing special, for one) but have also gone on to break some bands into the 'mainstream', such as Anberlin and Underoath.
The CD is somewhat formulaic, and if you just have the music playing in the background, you might find yourself wondering exactly what track number you are on. However, a lot of this also has to do with the lead singer's vocals when he sings the choruses and the way the choruses are structured.
If you hate bands like Cartel, I doubt this will be the CD that changes your mind and makes you love the genre. However for anyone that is a fan of pop, pop-punk, or rock music, you owe it to yourself to take a listen.
I was fully anticipating on putting this CD on and then never listening to it again. A day later, I think I've listened to it the whole way through a half dozen times. At the very least, you'll have an upbeat catchy CD that can make some great driving music.
On a side note, I also like how a lot bands lately have ditched the one word song titles in lieu of the witty titles a la Fall Out Boy.
Out of the ten tracks this album has, there are maybe two that you won't find yourself listening to over and over again...and that's a stretch. That being said, below are the....
Tracks You Must Hear:
Son of a Gun (Track 1)
Detroit Was Built on Secrets (Track 3)
Talk is Cheap and I've Got Expensive Taste (Track 5)
In This Scene You're Just an Extra (Track 9)
Recommended If You Like:
Cartel, Run Kid Run, All Time Low