It’s been a good while since Metro Station was around and taking the pop rock world by storm with their hit single “Shake It”, and they were greatly missed. After a whirlwind of disputes and members leaving and returning, it looks like this may be the now duo’s (consiting of original members Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso) second chance. Their new EP Gold proves that the same bolt of lightning can hit the same spot twice and marks their return with grace.
The first released single off of Gold, “Love & War”, has all of the characteristics that made 2007’s “Shake It” a huge hit that is beloved to this very day. Infectious dance-pop music paired with exuberantly catchy lyrics is ear candy to listeners and you can’t help but feel for the poor schmuck who just wants to know whether he actually has a chance with this girl. It’s a great comeback single that’s fun and relevant but still has the spunky characteristics of their old works.
The Panic! At The Disco “Girls/Girls/Boys”-esque “She Likes Girls” dances around the theme of flirting with a girl only to realize that is attracted to women, but is afraid to admit it or is in denial about it. Instead of being annoyed or judgemental, Cyrus and Musso are amused with the fact that they spent all this time on this girl who is clearly not interested in them. Its music is frantic and playful and has zero bitterness to its lyrics. In fact, there’s a sense of wanting to help the girl come out, with lines like “your secret is safe, I won’t say a word” and “if you’re craving her body you shouldn’t hide it”. A positive song indeed.
Pseudo-ballad “Gold” is that obvious ‘reach-for-the-stars’ pop song that strives to be your new anthem. It’s got surprisingly dark lyrics about “always soul searching/looking for the right person/chasing fame and money”, “always falling down” and getting “back up off of the ground”, but it also has similarities to 3OH!3‘s title track from their 2010 album Streets of Gold apart from the fact that they both have the word ‘gold’ in the title. Other than that, Cyrus and Musso are extremely open about what they’ve been going through the past few years and remind us that their “dreams are made of gold” and that they’re not done “reaching for the stars”.
The retro and electronic infused “Forever Young” is a big ball of pop-rock gooeyness with energetic musicality that rivals that of featured artist The Ready Set. It’s a fresh take on the ‘YOLO’ mindset that isn’t cheesy and the fluidity of the vocals between all three artists makes it hard to distinguish between who is who in the best way possible. I can totally see The Ready Set hitting the stage with them to do a medley of this and “Young Forever” since they’re on The Outsiders Tour together.
Gold ends with “Play It Cool”, a song that can either be about falling for the hot mess girl at a crazy party or can subtly be about Miley Cyrus‘ best friend Molly. Whatever the lyrics are really about, the song is upbeat and a total ‘it’s-time-to-get-smashed’ anthem for a night sure to be filled with bad decisions and hilarious memories.
I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty stoked that Metro Station are getting back in the music game. Sure they’re missing a few members, but when you think back to when they were big you only really remembered Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso because their siblings were all the rage at that time. Gold is an exciting endeavor for them and I wouldn’t be surprised if it marks the second coming of Metro Station.