Fireworks - Oh, Common Life (Album Review)

I guess Fireworks has come to give The Wonder Years a run for their money in terms of writing pop/punk tinged music that has mature well thought out lyrics coupled with way above average songwriting. Lyrically and musically Oh, Common Life is as good as it gets. It has the mature lyrics that I really enjoy that’s similar to bands like The Wonder Years. Musically it walks the line between somber pop/punk and alternative rock. It's impossible not to think of this album as an early contender for one of the top 10 albums of the year so far.

This album is basically the full package musically and lyrically. I really couldn't ask for more. It builds on what the band accomplished on Gospel and improves the sound. This is the type of album that grows on you more and more with each listen. It's a wonderfully written album that has many highlights.

The album kicks off with "Glowing Crosses" and it really sets the tone. It's a fantastically written song. It's catchy. I enjoy it lyrically and it's a song I've already listened to a lot this year (it was released prior to the album). "Flies On Tape" has more of an upbeat vibe. I really like the song and think it adds a lot to the album. It's sure to be a summer favorite.

It all just works for this album from the songwriting, production, album artwork to the layout. The vinyl record comes with a page of album themed stickers, which is a neat inclusion as well. It is spot on production and mixing wise.

This album hits hard and never misses. I couldn't ask for anything else. It's the complete package. I'm impressed with this band. They just get better and better. I thought it would be impossible for this band to top Gospel, but honestly this album is just as good if not better. Don't miss out. This should be an album you definitely check out because it’s easily one of the best albums I've heard so far this year.

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