Review by Leigh Eron
We Are The In Crowd has released a new album, their second full length entitled, Weird Kids.
The band released the single, “The Best Thing (That Never Happened)” in December, with an overwhelming response of positivity and excitement. The song is instantly catchy, and the lyrics demonstrate the strength that comes with singer Taylor Jardine’s dominating persona. The song is a great choice for a single, especially with the band’s current headlining tour in the UK, and their upcoming headliner with William Beckett.
“Long Live The Kids” starts as a strong ballad, with meaningful lyrics and well composed instrumentals. The opening piano sets the mood, and the following drums that carry throughout the song add to the success of the song. The backup vocals create a pleasant harmony, as well, and the added voices at the end really drive home the meaning and power of the song’s message. These first songs seem to set a theme for the album as a whole, focusing on personal strength and believing in who you are.
The use of the duet in “Manners” is very well done. The vocals are the highlight of the song, but it is a little disappointing when they get drowned out buy the harder sounds of the pop punk genre. The lyrics are on the weaker side, feeling a little cliche, as well.
“Come Back Home” opens with Jordan Eckes, and instantly sets the track apart. The vocals are some of the strongest on the album, and when Jardine chimes in the emotion really shines through.
“Attention” has the same cookie cutter sound, and being placed in the middle of the album makes it a bit of a disappointment. This is especially the case because it specifically mentions the album title, “weird kids,” which could have made it the album’s anthem. The one good thing is the continued use of Eckes’ vocals, though, which is definitely a hidden gem for the band.
The electric charge of the guitar in the opening of “Dreaming Out Loud” picks the pace back up, redeeming the album from the threatening monotony of the previous two songs. The idea of “dreaming out loud” hit home with me and the inspiration for Music Creates Us, so it was easy to connect with this song, as well.
“Remember (To Forget You)” starts with another unique beat. It’s catchy and the lyrics are relatable. “Don’t You Worry” is another song that seems to carry the album in a different direction. Again, the opening has its own sound, and the group vocals make you want to sing along with all the rest. The original theme of the album is prominent yet again, its message obvious enough through the song’s title.
“Windows In Heaven” starts with another strong beat, and even more powerful lyrics. The tone is a bit more somber, which only adds to its message. Jardine’s vocals become amplified in the appropriate agony for the song, propelling what she has to say all the more effectively.
“Reflections” is a great close to the album. It sums up all WATIC set out to say with Weird Kids, while maintaining the key elements that make the album a success. The musicality is there with the pop punk guitar and drums, and the vocals of both Jardine and Eckes hold their own.
On the whole, Weird Kids is an excellent record, and the overwhelming response it has received is no surprise. The theme is clever and well carried out, without too much cliche or unnecessary repetition. The best part has to be the vocals, especially the duets between Jardine and Eckes. Their harmony really works to enhance the band’s sound, and I’m sure it’s even better to experience live. I highly recommend this album and this band as a whole. You can download Weird Kids today on iTunes.
“Long Live The Kids”
“The Best Thing (That Never Happened)”
“Windows in Heaven”