BIG BEAUTIFUL, THE: The Way Things Are: CD

Very poppy pop punk and so melodic it could be made into muzak. There are inspirational lyrics like “Keep your eyes up on the stars.” And then some more depressed songs about wanting to wake up. There’s an acoustic ballad too with the lyric “you’re everything to me” that seems like it could be a radio or MTV hit. All in all, the songs are played with precision, but very dull. I wish bands like this would make it a little (or a lot) grittier. About what you’d expect.

 –Jason Donnerparty (Fudge Sickill)