Amely - Hello World EP

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Pop, Pop Rock
Fearless Records
Amely
Hello World EP
Amely - Hello World EP Review rating:
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Average: 4.1 (7 votes)

Let’s face it, nowadays, pop bands with guitars are a dime a dozen. From mainstream Disney fodder (Allstar Weekend) down to little known local bands (Love Via Dance Machine), today’s music scene is more saccharine than Honeyduke’s. Just one of these acts is Orlando’s Amely. Having taken the scene by storm in 2009 with their catchy-as-balls music, the band announced earlier this year that they had signed to Fearless Records. Fast forwarding to now, the band has released their debut Fearless EP, Hello World, an eight-track collection of guitar-driven pop that, while not totally original, is better than much of the pop “rock” bands out there today.

The EP opens up with “Now or Never,” a catchy, sugary piece, that, while above average, will no doubt leave the listener’s ADD-riddled mind five seconds into the next song, and that is indeed the case as the opening notes of “Sing To You” fill the speakers. While catchier than the previous track, “Sing To You” suffers from much of the same ailments. While it is sleek, polished pop-rock executed very well, there is little lasting value.

Thankfully, the band places an extremely well done re-recording of “I’d Rather Be Alone” to pull the EP out of its rut. This re-recording of one of the band’s more popular songs features cleaner production, shimmering riffs, and a touch of electronic sampling, and perfectly showcases Amely’s greatest strength: lead vocalist Petie Pizarro’s impressive vocal strength. His deep soprano during the verses gives way to voice so high during the chorus, it makes Justin Bieber look like Randy Newman. Immediately following is what is possibly the EP’s best song, “Goodbye.” This hard-hitting song is the furthest the band leans towards the “rock” side of the term “pop-rock,” and shows that Amely knows how to write some truly memorable pop-rock.

Yet, just as it seems that the band has hit their stride, a duo of catchy-but-easily-forgettable tracks begin playing. Neither the mid-paced “Come Back To Me” or the perfectly average “All You Need” manage to reach the levels of “I’d Rather Be Alone” or “Goodbye.” Thankfully, the following two tracks, ballad “Have You Ever Known,” which features a stunning a stunning interplay between Pizarro’s soprano and alto vocals, and grandiose closer “Hello World,” help the EP recover some ground in the listener’s eyes before ending.

Overall, Amely’s Hello World is a mixed bag. While the band does little to push themselves (and the genre) creatively, they have shown that they can write some fairly strong pop tune, and that, for most fans at least, is all that will matter. The future is clearly bright for Amely, and it doesn’t take a fortune teller to see that they will soon be soaring higher than Pizarro’s alto.

1. Now Or Never
2. Sing To You
3. I'd Rather Be Alone
4. Goodbye
5. Come Back To Me
6. All You Need
7. Have You Ever Known
8. Hello World

A blend of spirited rock spiked with a healthy dose of power pop influence, Amely has already been making their mark on the music scene, despite only forming less than a year ago. Since playing their first show in March 2009, Amely has completed three national tours, opened for All Time Low, played the Unsilent Night Festival with A Day to Remember, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Breathe Carolina and performed on the Kevin Says Stage at the Florida dates of Vans Warped Tour 2009. ... read more

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