Crazy World LP

Crazy World LP

by Boys Like Girls
     
 
On their last album, Boys Like Girls made the unspoken connection between emo-pop and country-pop into something more tangible by performing a duet with Taylor Swift. Both styles share a radio-ready slickness, a tenuous connection to the sound they're derived from (punk, country), and teenage love-lost

Overview

On their last album, Boys Like Girls made the unspoken connection between emo-pop and country-pop into something more tangible by performing a duet with Taylor Swift. Both styles share a radio-ready slickness, a tenuous connection to the sound they're derived from (punk, country), and teenage love-lost lyrical angst, no matter the age of the singer. It's surprising more bands haven't made the attempt to cross over, but on Crazy World, the group mostly leave emo-pop behind and dive headfirst into sleeveless, dusty country. Though there aren't any fiddles to be heard, there are plenty of twangy guitar licks, harmonicas, rhythms perfect for line dancing, nostalgic songs about diners and high school, and a song "Red Cup Hands Up Long Brown Hair") that manages to fit in lyrics about rag tops, drinking beer from plastic cups, and sunbathing on the hood of a car. The only thing that keeps this from sounding like a Jake Owen album is the lack of southern accents, but that would have been hard for a bunch of ex-punks from Boston to pull off. What the album most sounds like is a goofy, brodacious version of Taylor Swift's Red, only with more programming and less heartbreak. It's an open question whether any fans of the group's hooky stadium emo will follow them as they travel south of the Mason-Dixon line; odds are quite a few might feel betrayed by the change in direction and the nagging feeling that maybe the group may have sold out just a little in pursuit of a new audience. It'll also be interesting to see if any country fans will climb onboard. The band certainly throw their arms wide open in welcome, crafting the laboratory-perfect, good-time emo-country-pop hybrid experience that'll sound very good blasting out of rag tops and 4X4's, if not a moody teenager's bedroom.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2012
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886977316227
catalogNumber:
773162
Rank:
48408

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boys Like Girls   Primary Artist
Bill Appleberry   Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Brian Nash   Piano
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Kristian Bush   Mandolin
Jeffrey Young   Organ,Wurlitzer
Valerie Pinkston   Background Vocals
Paul Ill   Bass
Martin Johnson   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Group Member
John Keefe   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Paul DiGiovanni   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Group Member
Rob Hawkins   Electric Guitar
Morgan Dorr   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Rick Beato   Composer
Kevin Griffin   Composer
Kristian Bush   Composer
Brandon Bush   Composer
Brad Warren   Composer
Brett Warren   Composer
Sam Hollander   Composer
Will Sandalls   Engineer
Tomas Costanza   Programming
Claude Kelly   Composer
Dave Katz   Composer
Martin Johnson   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Kyle Moorman   Programming,Engineer
Luke Laird   Composer
Jean Paul Makhlouf   Programming,Engineer
Alex Makhlouf   Programming
Eric Paslay   Composer
Chad Rollinson   Programming
Patrick Tracy   Layout
Rob Hawkins   Composer,Programming
John Webb   Composer
Chris Tompkins   Composer

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