Tooth & Nail Records
Release April 5th 2011
Reviewed By Tyler Hess
It’s a funny thing, trying to figure out how a band will go over time. There are some bands that are never satisfied with one type of sound and will change dramatically from one one album to another, while others simply try to perfect what they have going on for them. It seems that on FM Static’s fourth release that they have decided to go for the latter, as they have worked their signature sound into a collection of pop tracks that will stick in your noggin like glue.
My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go! starts off with the title track, mixing in a little of that old school Thousand Foot Krutch rap/rock that we thought Trevor McNevan had let go of years ago, with the early FM Static flow. One thing you’re sure to notice even from the beginning is that you’ll hear song after song that will remind you of earlier work by the band members, nothing will really shock you, but it is all good fun. It will not come as a shock, either, when you hear “F.M.S.T.A.T.I.C.” and learn that it was used in a cheer leading television show, nor that it is the most annoying song to type out. If you can get “(Hey) I Want It”, you have impressive powers that I seek to purchase from you.
“Lost In You” is about as close to a ballad as you’ll get early on, before “U Don’t Know Me Like That” draws off some powerpop influences to talk about the important of getting to know someone, rather than judging them based off preconceived notions. ”Cinnamon & Lipstick” is the most reminiscent song to Critically Ashamed, while “Black Tattoo” might be the most divergent from previous work.
The album finishes up with three thoughtful, emotional ballads in “Last Train Home”, “Breaking Me Again” and “Inside Out”, breaking far away from the early pop tracks, but aren’t exactly far from the FM Static standard.
What you won’t get out of FM Static’s new album is a sense of wonder of how they got to where they are, but you’ll get pretty much what you would expect, so if you enjoy their pop sensibilities then you’re in for a new treat.
- My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go
- (Hey) I Want It
- Lost In You
- U Don’t Know Me Like That
- Cinnamon & Lipstick
- Black Tattoo
- Last Train Home
- Breaking Me Again
- Inside Out