Review: mildly runny fart, but decent smell.
Peak old infidelity Tom:
1. Rebel Girl (original)
2. Kiss & Tell
3. Losing My Mind
4. Fire In A Nameless Town
5. Restless Souls
Love pt. 3:
7. Euphoria (they fucked his voice up too much on this)
10. No More Guns
Let's not pretend this is some otherworldly album - from a Tombot. Some of the intros are simply cringe and just Rubins bros and Tom fucking around way too much. Some moments are very strong (Rebel Girl chorus and guitar breakdown bring a little early 2000s tear to my eye, Kiss & Tell was shockingly good, pretty whack lyrics though..). Overall, overhyped to mad degree, no surprise, not bad, not great, no surprise there either - give me Chasing Shadows or a handful of AvA over this stuff, but give me this over a handful of other AvA stuff that is even more nonsensible and over indulgent. Most importantly of all, it still shits all over California for the few moments alone that are genuinely okay enough and not the utter disgrace put out by Mark/Travis/Matt and co. who'm have completely canned it in and give zero shits about the content they are creating, just about securing a bag.
I think it's safe to say neither will create anything that takes us away ever again outside some small glimpses (First Time, Kiss & Tell riff), but man why is it SO HARD for them to just write casually and genuinely like they used to? They are our pop punk gods I don't understand why that is so deeply tucked away for them.
Anyways, Tom don't space out an album to this degree ever again and maybe it would be more fun to listen to. I'm listening to 3 new songs total on this brand new album.