Shine Through the Stars
- Tuesday, April 01, 2008
- If It Comes Down
- Crazy Beautiful
- Nothing Like You
- Doubs or Disbelief
- All Creation
- History Tonight
- All I Can Say
- God & King
- You and I
- Don't Walk Away
- Stars Are Meant to Shine
Nobody who listens to Top 40 does so for challenging lyricism and musicality. Did anybody ever pick up a Goo Goo Dolls album because they were awestruck by Johnny Rzeznik's penmanship? Do most people even know what "Iris" is about? Didn't think so.
Chasen sounds a lot like the Goo Goo Dolls. Granted, their national debut,
That's not at all a knock on the trio's intentions. While
It shows. Songs like "Desires," "All I Can Say," and "All Creation," while not corporate, read like heartfelt conversations with God. Of these, "God & King" is perhaps the only song that could be replicated in a local church setting—an unabashed song of praise with a chorus so indelible, I could see it becoming a big hit.
The rest is more introspective, but no less hook-filled. Not that likeability should be the sole litmus test for a good album, but in Chasen's case, it's a considerable part of their identity, so much that they wear their pop smarts proudly on their sleeves. And rightly so—sometimes good pop is good pop.
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