Getting closer to the end of my top ten songs of 2011, these three tracks pick up from last week’s article to showcase some serious improvement from two bands, a pair of positive-minded album closers, and three great vocalists. We’re further down the list, but the quality is still at an incredible high.
1. “Coast (It’s Gonna Get Better)” – Patrick Stump
Patrick Stump’s Soul Punk was easily one of my most-anticipated releases of 2011, and every taste I got of it leading up to the full album made me more and more excited. This, the final track to reach my ears, was well worth the wait, with its upbeat message, melody, and beat. Stump’s solid drumming skills really shine here, and his vocals are flawless. It’s the perfect end to the record, leaving everything on a high note, feeling good with the hope of something even better not too far off. In my review of Soul Punk, I said that the majority of the songs get stuck in my head regularly, but none are as regular as this one, making it my go-to positive song of 2011 and earning it a spot on my year-end list.
2. “Fire” – Sleeping With Sirens
As time’s gone on, I can’t help but think that I sold Let’s Cheers To This a little short in my review. At the time, I was somewhat disappointed in the changes made from their debut, but the time since has changed my perspective some. However, this song still stands as my favorite of the bunch, showing an extra bit of maturity and a different atmosphere in contrast to their previous work. Slower, but still intense, the track drips emotion stemming from a metaphor drawn between love and fire. The bridge features some of my favorite drumming from this album, and the main hook, though simple, is perfectly-suited for the sound the band was going for. If this is an indication of what we might expect from their next release, count me in.
3. “Living Louder” – The Cab
Much like the first song in this week’s article, this is a closing track with an immensely positive message. I love the piano part, and the drums give the song a sense of being bigger than just an individual, despite the lyrics coming from a personal perspective. The instantly hummable vocalizations from Alexander DeLeon soar, further contributing to that feeling. The lyrics, though a bit whimsical, show some deeper thought about what’s actually important, and the melodies match perfectly. The song closes out Symphony Soldier in the best way possible, edging out a slew of other great tracks from the record to be the best on the album and one of my favorites from 2011.