Released: June 11, 2013
Magnetic is an album that I feel takes a step back in the right direction for this longstanding band that had seemed to have hit it’s peak in the 90s and early 00s. After hearing 2010s “Something For the Rest of Us”, it almost seemed like this band was on a decline from the peak upon which it once stood but, this album has a spark to it. While the bands previous album seemed to go more in the direction of adult alternative rock, this album seems to return to the bands early pop and alternative roots that made them such a success.
“Rebel Beat”, “When the World Breaks Your Heart”, “Caught in the Storm”, “Bulletproof Angel”, and “Last Hot Night” are my picks for the strongest tracks on this album. Looking back to some of the bands earlier music, these are songs I would say make for good additions to what this band has done in the past. Out of these songs I would say Last Hot Night is the best one because of its fun, positive energy that gives of the vibe of a fun, adventurous summer night when you live life to the fullest. Lyrically, all of these songs are sentimental and heart-felt making them very relate-able.
Looking back to the bands earlier work, this album as I said before seems to take a step back in the right direction in terms of its overall vibe and song structure. Maybe this bands best days are behind them or maybe they can manage to recapture the magic on future releases. This album is in no way disappointing, but it doesn’t aid in making this band more valuable. If anything, it works to keep their longevity alive and the hopes of more great music alive. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for this band, but from the sound of it, their best work may have already come to pass.