Scream & Light Up The Sky

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Once disciples of Chris Carraba's emotive acoustics, the Honorary Title have doubled their numbers and tripled the volume for this major-label debut. Scream & Light Up the Sky picks up where previous release Untouched & Intact left off, but while the latter EP hinted at Jarrod Gorbel's reluctance to leave his Dashboard-approved tricks behind, Scream shows him capable of steering a larger, louder, and altogether better band. Newcomers Jon Wiley and ex-Format drummer Adam Boyd deserve half the credit, as they've added riffs and propulsive rhythms to music that, prior to this, largely relied on plaintive guitar chords. The remaining accolades go to Gorbel himself, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Once disciples of Chris Carraba's emotive acoustics, the Honorary Title have doubled their numbers and tripled the volume for this major-label debut. Scream & Light Up the Sky picks up where previous release Untouched & Intact left off, but while the latter EP hinted at Jarrod Gorbel's reluctance to leave his Dashboard-approved tricks behind, Scream shows him capable of steering a larger, louder, and altogether better band. Newcomers Jon Wiley and ex-Format drummer Adam Boyd deserve half the credit, as they've added riffs and propulsive rhythms to music that, prior to this, largely relied on plaintive guitar chords. The remaining accolades go to Gorbel himself, for his improved vocals as much as his courage to switch musical gears. When supported only by an acoustic guitar, the frontman's voice (which draws similarities to Muse's Matthew Bellamy) can seem overwrought. Here, backed by the bombast of dual guitars and keyboards, it sounds downright formidable, particularly on the arena-sized "Stuck at Sea." With two new members on board, folk-laced emo is no longer the Honorary Title's focus. In its place is the sort of unapologetic pop
ock sheen championed by such bands as Jimmy Eat World, with big harmonies and bigger guitars wailing together in crisp, radio-ready sound. The style works well on heavy hitters like "Thin Layer," where even the most hyper-passionate images (e.g., "a thick rusted armor of drunken lust") can seem vaguely poetic stacked beside cymbal crashes and guitar swells. But it's often the deviations from the rule -- the sugary mash-up of punk bravado and Paul Westerberg's "Dyslexic Heart" in standout track "The City Summer," or the jangling springtime bounce of "Along the Way" -- that make the biggest splash. As long as the Honorary Title continue to renovate themselves, as they've tunefully done here, fans will have little reason to pine for their older material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Doghouse
  • UPC: 093624997733
  • Catalog Number: 139004
  • Sales rank: 67,007

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thin Layer (4:12)
  2. 2 Stay Away (4:09)
  3. 3 Untouched and Intact (3:05)
  4. 4 Stuck at Sea (4:18)
  5. 5 Far More (4:34)
  6. 6 Radiate (3:00)
  7. 7 Along the Way (5:08)
  8. 8 Apologize (3:13)
  9. 9 The City's Summer (2:53)
  10. 10 Only One Week (4:09)
  11. 11 Wait Until I'm Gone (5:07)
  12. 12 Even If (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Honorary Title Primary Artist
Butch Walker Percussion, Background Vocals
Jarrod Gorbel Guitar, Vocals
Aaron Kamstra Bass, Piano, Background Vocals
Jon Wiley Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Adam Boyd Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Jarrod Gobel Guitar
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Rob Schnapf Producer
Butch Walker Producer
Doug Boehm Engineer
Karl Egsieker Engineer
Jarrod Gorbel Composer
Aaron Kamstra Composer
Jon Wiley Composer
Adam Boyd Composer
Rob Schnaf Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    i loved their previous album, and i love this one as well. i have seen the honorary title live and these boys are amazing..

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