Love and Other Sorrows (One Foot Records)
By: Alex Steininger
Buglite is a pop-punk band that adds real life insecurities and teen angst into their music to give the listener an intimate feeling while he/she is listening to the CD.
The CD starts off with a quick instrumental called "The Grand Chaunky." It's a quick, poppy punk ditty that adds little flavor to the disk. It's very bland, so good thing it's only thirty nine seconds. "Woodchuck" is the first real track on the disc. It's fast and melodic and tells the tale of a guy who is in love with another girl, but "she lives so far away." "Myself" is a very poppy-punk tune that deals with a guy who's girlfriend has just left and he just wants her to see things his way. Life, love, and all the fustrations that surround the two come alive when they start telling the tales through their eyes. "Anyone" is another track about a girl leaving the guy, and he's a total wreck. He told her if she leaves she'll never be allowed back. She continues to leave and tells him he's a loser. With the hooks and chorus to sink you in they tell the tale, and talk about how they don't care anymore. "Sarah and Me" invites a female vocalist into the picture. Dualing lead locals stuggle with their emotions for each other. Both are in love with each other, but don't think the other one will notice or like them. What a mess of confusion. "I Remember" finishes off the CD. It's just another pop -punk tune.
This CD didn't go over well with me. Almost every song dealt with the same subject in different words, each song began to sound the same after a while, and the vocalist just bugged me. It sounded too whiny, and was poorly recorded. It just didn't sit well with me. I'll give this CD a D+. The lyrics were well written, but they covered the same subject. The guy is miserable and can't get the girl. Sure, teen angst is one thing, but they took it way too far. It's like they swim in their own sorrow.
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