Review - Boys Like Girls - Crazy World
Boys Like Girls’ third LP was just not going to happen, sorry. I don’t mean to rag on them – you all should know I’ve been a fan of the band since the beginning – but this decline has been long in the works, and it is finally really visible and happening.
The band released a few songs from this album a number of months early on an EP, which is a new trend amongst semi-popular artists. The EP failed to chart, as did the only single to be released from either the EP or the LP, “Be My Everything”. The LP version of ‘Crazy World’ only made it to #134 and quickly dropped off the Billboard 200.
But, what of the album? Well, for me, it was kind of a letdown. I really loved their first CD. It broke them into the mainstream (after a long, hard-earned build-up), and it was some really great pop-punk. Their second album was more powerpop, and while you could hear them getting softer (and grabbing for radio with a Taylor Swift guest spot on “Two Is Better Than One”), it was still a lot of fun.
‘Crazy World’ is toned down, but not in a powerful way. The speed at which this rocks reminds me of the latest Lifehouse album, only it doesn’t really work here. We are only three albums in here – it isn’t time to slow down!
I will, surprisingly, compliment their country-pop influences on ‘Crazy World’. This is also a new trend, with artists like Kelly Clarkson seeing sales and single potential in the country world, and BLG want a piece of it. While it might still be a bit too monotonous for me, they do bring a sense of pop-punk to Nashville, and I like the idea of that.
Listen to: “Life Of The Party”, “Shoot”, “Take Me Home”