Here They Go Again (On Their Own)
Walthamâ€šÃ„Ã´s self-titled debut is pure pop-rock and itâ€šÃ„Ã´s definitely adequate. But pop makes it tough to create a singular sound, and while Waltham displays the bandâ€šÃ„Ã´s clearly hard sought musical talents, it falls short of being a standout album. At the very least itâ€šÃ„Ã´s refreshing to hear a singer who has made it past puberty.Waltham draws more influence from hair metal than the pop of crap-bands like Good Charlotte. True to form, one third of their song titles are girlsâ€šÃ„Ã´ names. If Waltham is any barometer, hair metal will reign once again â€šÃ„Ã¬ so be prepared. Unfortunately these boys forgot that the best hair metal bands always include a rock ballad. Instead, every track on Waltham aims for that Holy Grail â€šÃ„Ã¬ the stadium anthem.
The most carefree of these is â€šÃ„ÃºMaria Simeone,â€šÃ„Ã¹ a balls-out declaration of infatuation and honorable intentions. Though in typical male fashion thereâ€šÃ„Ã´s still a lyric revealing other considerations, â€šÃ„ÃºAnd I donâ€šÃ„Ã´t care about a small town/giving me hard time/cause theyâ€šÃ„Ã´ll be hearing me in stereo/and theyâ€šÃ„Ã´ll see why Iâ€šÃ„Ã´m the one.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Why men canâ€šÃ„Ã´t even get past themselves for one love song remains a mystery.
All these attempted anthems create a monotony of pounding drums and soaring guitar riffs. Listening all the way through will be rough for listeners not already infatuated with the Massachusetts band. Take it a few songs at a time.
Waltham has promise, the kind fulfilled when a band kills onstage. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s enough to give them a second listen, especially if youâ€šÃ„Ã´re not quite ready to let go of the pop-punk phase of your junior college years. Just remember to take it easy at first.