Long-time fans of Boston pop duo Karmin are probably used to the quirky, dancable tracks (ahem “Brokenhearted,” “Hello,” “Acapella”) or their fun, original covers that they have produced over the years. However, there comes a time in a pop artist’s career where they have to prove that they are more than just flashy outfits, auto-tuned vocals, and catchy lyrics, and their newest single “Along The Road” is definitely THAT song for them. Yes, they incorporated some slower paced tracks in last year’s debut album Pulses, but “Along The Road” has something a little more special about it than the average pop slow song.
If you can picture sitting in on an acoustic jam sesh and watching the artist’s face light up with the idea of recording a song exactly the way it is then “Along The Road” is that song. Of course, some musical garnishes were added in for the final product, but the overall relaxing and Amy Heidemann not-holding-back in her slightly emotional vocals are still very much in tact. The instrumentation primarily consists of guitars and light drum beats with some hand claps becoming more prominent during the chorus of “all the words we never said/all the crazy things we did/keep on playin’ in my head/and although this is the end/ broken hearts are meant to mend/and I know we’ll meet again/along the road.”
“Along The Road” is that campy, reminiscent track that you’d most likely dedicate to your long-time BFF that you’ve lost contact with over the years or ‘the one that got away.’ References to looking back at the memories come in the form of lines like “we spoke all night and hang out due to first light…we said goodbye and then we smiled through a lie” and “…we’re still crazy for those good old days we had.” It’s obvious in Heidemann’s vocals that there is a strong effort in trying to keep the relationship alive even when they “find out some new friends” and is very aware that “life changes” do have an impact on the closeness of two (or more) people.
“Along The Road” is very much out of the ordinary for the pop duo, but for some crazy reason still works extremely well for them musically. The song truly showcases Heidemann’s range and versatility as a vocalist and her talent is severely under appreciated. The only thing that would’ve made the track even better was if her partner in crime Nick Noonan contributed some of his own voice to make it more of a sad duet. So far, this might be the best song on Karmin’s upcoming album Leo Rising and may finally up open up that door to superstardom that the duo so greatly deserves.
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