"New Years Day" (TVT; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

You know how sometimes you hear all this great stuff about a new release and, when you finally get it, there's not much chance that the actual item will live up to all the hype that preceded it?

That's how I feel about New Years Day's self-titled release. Granted, it's a well-played, well-produced and well-written collection of five songs and it's entertaining enough as you listen. But it never really steps out an makes a statement on its own. Instead, it often sounds like too much of the other music out there already. Like so many modern bands, New Years Day needs more of an identity, at least on this EP.

The ingredients are all there. Ashley's vocals are strong and somehow familiar yet have a sharp edge of their own. And the band is made up of obviously talented musicians who play well together. The songs are energetic and boast enough hooks to catch you the first time through. 

Don't get me wrong. As you can tell from the paragraph above, I don't think this EP is bad, just a little generic. Maybe the band's full-length CD makes a better statement about who they are. Until I hear that, however, all I have is "New Years Day."

New Years Day:  Ashley, Keith, Russell, and Adam.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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