Written by Guest Writer Wil Ray
Before I could drive myself, I was always subjugated to listening to whatever my sisters wanted to listen to. They always outnumbered me so it was a rare occasion that I could chose the radio station. But now that I can drive myself, I’ve found that I have fallen out of sync with a lot of the mainstream music. But, fortunately, I have not fallen so much so that I cannot enjoy Punk Goes Pop Volume 3. In the newest of Fearless Records Punk Goes… CDs, the task of the bands has once again been to cover the hit songs of the day.
To kick off the album is one of my favorites, Breathe Carolina’s version of “Down”. which was originally performed by Jay Sean. The band sticks to its own style while still being true to the song’s original sound. Towards the end of the song the harder side of Breathe Carolina does appear for a brief time. The next song is Katy Perry’s “Hot ‘n Cold”, now done by Woe is Me. Beginning with a hard entrance, the song then switches back and forth between singing and screaming. The third song is Artist Vs. Poet’s cover of “Bad Romance.” The few times that I’ve heard “Bad Romance” on the radio, it was catchy, and Artist Vs. Poet is able to retain that quality in their cover.
Mayday Parade, who is on quite a few Punk Goes… CDs, does a merely respectable cover of “In My Head” by Jason Derulo. The song does not stand out on the album, and is not really remarkable in any way. Asking Alexandria’s cover of “Right Now” is a song that sounds good in the beginning and then turns out to be fairly repetitive. This Century comes in with their version of M.I.A.‘s “Paper Planes.” The song is not a stand out at all to me.
The Word Alive then comes on with their cover of Kanye West‘s “Heartless.” The song is fast-paced and very enjoyable. The chugging of the bass lines and the pounding of the bass drum give the feel of acceleration throughout most of the song. La Roux‘s “Bulletproof”, as done by Family Force 5, is an interesting piece. The style differs from any other song on the album. I had never listened to Family Force 5 before I heard this song, and they have caught my attention with it.
Of Mice & Men presents one of my favorite songs on the album, covering Jamie Foxx‘s“Blame It.” The way that the screaming and singing are mixed together is one of the song’s strong points. The synthesized singing voice adds another dimension that really adds to the song. Miss May I presents their cover of Jay Z‘s“Run This Town” next. This is by far my favorite song on the album. Whenever I listen to the song I can’t help but to sing and scream along, which is strange for me. By how well that Miss May I did this song, I can no longer picture how the original version sounds. This version has replaced the original in my mind.
Next is The Ready Set’s cover of “Airplanes” by B.o.B. The song is catchy just as the original, but I find that it is quickly put out of mind by something that is more than just catchy. “Dead and Gone”, originally done by T.I., is the first song of the newly reincarnated Cute is What We Aim For. The song is an acoustic piece, which is unlike anything else on the album. Other than those two attributes, I feel that it is a relatively mediocre song. It does not live up to what Cute is What We Aim For was before the breakup.
Sparks the Rescue does a fairly good cover of Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” that is just outshone by some other pieces on the album. Last is We Came As Romans covering Justin Timberlake‘s “My Love”, which starts out heavy and fast but quickly transforms into something close to the original, and then switches back and forth between the two styles.
All in all, Punk Goes Pop Volume 3 is a great album, definitely entertaining. It does not compete with any of the bands’ actual CDs but is something that is fun to listen to every once in a while.