WRITTEN BY: MEG
Following 2015’s self-titled record, Four Year Strong have released their latest record, “Brain Pain.”
The album starts off strong with its opening track, “It’s Cool.” The vocals and instrumentals both start out softer at first and then gradually get louder as the song builds up, and the breakdown later on brings a unique rhythm and quite a lot of energy to the song.
“Crazy Pills” and “Seventeen” are catchy all throughout, from the vocals to the instrumentation, “Learn To Love The Lie” is easily one of the most memorable on the whole album, and “Talking Myself In Circles” shows the band’s fusion of melody and aggression in the vocal performances. Speaking of aggression, the second single and title track “Brain Pain” is on the more aggressive side instrumentally, bringing raw and shouted vocals that deliver catchy melodies before the song becomes more energetic. Speaking of which, there’s plenty of energy on “Mouth Full Of Dirt,” a track that seemingly fuses influences of punk with the band’s easycore sound with the energy and emotional vocals. “The Worst Part About Me” also brings a lot of energy, as well a a fun rhythm delivered by catchy instrumentation and raw vocals in the memorable chorus.
One of a couple midtempo tracks on the album is its second track, “Get Out Of My Head.” The vocal performance instantly grabbed my attention, and the chorus on here is irresistible and so much fun to listen to. “Usefully Useless” is also a bit more midtempo in comparison to the rest of the record, and it delivers riffs and melodies just as catchy as the ones on “Get Out Of My Head,” but the melodies bring something a little bit different to the table and are very interesting to listen to, and the vocals bring a lot of emotion to the track.
“Be Good When I’m Gone” is acoustically driven for the most part, although some additional guitars, drums and orchestral instruments do eventually come in and bring a lot more emphasis to the track. The chorus on here is pretty memorable as well, and while the more laid-back sound this track has is drastically different from almost every other track on here, it’s a nice change of pace and stands out on the record. “Young At Heart” shows this laid back side as well during the beginning with the softer vocals and cleaner guitars, and the song builds up to the bridge and ending with powerful instrumentals and one of the most emotional vocal performances found on the whole record, which finishes out the song and the album as a whole so well.
Four Year Strong’s seventh record is a very impressive and memorable release, and is easily one of my favorite records that this band has put out to date.
"BRAIN PAIN" IS AVAILABLE NOW. LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE: