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Apparently, singer/songwriter Ronnie Day went off to L.A. to record some songs and when he came home a bit later, he found his girlfriend of three years dating someone who wasn't him. Thus, a dejected Day returned to the studio to finish what could now be his ultimate breakup album. All of this may or may not be true -- the album's quasi-road trip
elationship story arc, complete with an answering machine message from the ex and what look like staged liner-note pictures of the once-happy couple, seems a bit too perfect to be entirely real. But regardless, the resulting album, titled appropriately enough The Album, is in fact a breakup album of the ultimate kind; it begins when love was new and wondrous, then goes through the bitter heartbreak, and finally, acceptance and moving on ("I will love again whether or not it's you"). Accordingly, initial songs own that starry-eyed feeling of young love before "Written at a Rest Stop" ushers in the troubles, which then climax in "Lived Learned Love & Lost," where Day blatantly proclaims "I want the world to know that Jamie broke my heart/I guess it goes to show that good things fall apart." So yeah, he's not always the best with subtlety. But thankfully, the budding songwriter is pretty capable of writing a catchy hook, making the album way more likable and varied than any "breakup album" designation might suggest. He sounds disturbingly like Chris Carrabba on many songs, especially when choruses begin to soar (see "Written at a Rest Stop," "Heroes Die"), and it's quite apparent (and not surprising) that Dashboard Confessional are a huge influence here. But he offers more than just bitterness and self-pity over six strings, which scores him extra points in the end. His songs are all based around acoustic guitar and/or piano, but with full instrumentation and layered vocals on most every track, they ring out much more like uplifting pop
ock à la Ryan Cabrera than just generic, mopey emo. The Album's reach won't likely extend much further than Day's teenaged peers, but that's just fine, since hearts broken by the Jamies of the world will not only identify with his sentiments, but have some pretty fun songs to sing along to as well.
Performance CreditsRonnie Day Primary Artist
Stacy Jones Track Performer
Bill Lefler Track Performer
Jessica Catron Cello
Technical CreditsStacy Jones Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Bill Lefler Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ronnie Day Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Brian Lazzaro Cover Photo