Label: Mayday Parade
Fans were deeply torn over 2009's Anywhere but Here. Many thought the music lost much of its charm. It was definitely slick, as the band employed professional songwriters in a failed attempt to churn out big pop hits. In contrast, Mayday Parade feels both more intimate and ambitious. The record contains plenty of big guitars and sing-along choruses about troubled young love. But it also contains plenty of subtle flourishes: strings, piano and even ornate twin leads. A lot of this stuff is basically Queen by way of My Chemical Romance. But hey, Mayday Parade know how to make it work.