Truth Inside The Fiction – Sparks The Rescue
The cargo pants are strong in this one. Emitting the feel-good, sing-along pop choruses and verses that scream 1997 teenage angst, Maine rockers Sparks the Rescue write lighter Goo Goo Doll-like songs that will make you reminisce for that long lost love that moved away when you were 15. Throw in a splash of Eve 6 and Blessed Union of Souls and feet will be hanging out of car windows along the highway. Summer’s almost over; it’s still not too late to rekindle that 15-year-old romance with Truth Inside Fiction as inspiration. – Mike
Check out: Coldest Coast
Going Home – Nick Santino & The Northern Wind
A Rocket To The Moon’s latest record Wild & Free danced with the country genre a bit, but frontman Nick Santino’s first release under “Nick Santino & The Northern Wind” has heavy Nashville influence. With sharp acoustic guitars and Santino’s natural twangy voice, Going Home is comparable to artists like Eric Church and Easton Corbin. – Catherine
Check out: It’s Alright
Nothing To Lose – Emblem3
Emblem3 emerges from the sea of boy bands with their debut album, Nothing To Lose. After working on this pop masterpiece since late 2012 the trio finally delivers a killer combination of California-themed pop and R&B, especially in “Spaghetti” and “I Love LA.” Their talent seems limitless as heard through the continuous theme of gang vocals and catchy breakdowns that’ll lure their fan girls in. Definitely an ace summer album.
Check out: “XO”
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
If I had to describe Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines in one word, I would definitely use ‘sexy.’ The feel-good, carefree tempo is continuous throughout the album with ukelele-based “Go Stupid 4 You” and soulful “Ooo La La.” The album takes a naughty turn with “Give It 2 U” with Kendrick Lamar. The lyrics are suggestive, with an electronic beat to match the song’s raunchy content. All in all, a smooth listen that incorporates R&B, soul, pop, and electronic melodies to attract listeners far and wide.
Check out: “Take It Easy On Me” and “Feel Good”