The Downtown Fiction - Best I Never Had

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The Downtown Fiction
Best I Never Had
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Last year, The Downtown Fiction introduced themselves as another young pop-rock band with their self-titled EP—yes, another band to lose track of in the flood of post-Fall Out Boy sunny punkers. The three-to-four chord progressions were present and accounted for, only grabbing any attention whatsoever because of Cameron Leahy’s infectious vocal melodies. If the mounds of Myspace plays that the band have already amassed are of any indication of the hooks and mind leechers that their first EP contained, then Best I Never Had EP is likely to cause the Myspace server to crash once it’s uploaded.

Sure, that last statement is a little exaggerated, but the fact is that The Downtown Fiction really know how to write a sugary-sweet chorus. Just take your pick: any song here can be keeper, if only for the way it sticks in your head. “Ocean Between Us” sports lyrical clichés custom-tailored for this type of thing—‘Call me late at night to tell me that you love me.’—but, by now, we would expect no different for this music; after all, who listens to pop-rock for a lesson in Philosophy? Case in point (again): “I Just Wanna Run” finds our hero running away from an ambiguous “they”. Great job, and where’s the hook? Right where it should be: in the chorus, and the song is catchy and pretty successful overall, if only for that reason.

“Where Dreams Go To Die” ends Best I Never Had with a morose, down-trodden feel about losing one’s dream in the treacherous realm of high school. The sentiment certainly hits home with a specific crowd. However, those already past those years may find it sounding overtly juvenile and shortsighted; and as such, the same with the rest of what’s to be found here. The Downtown Fiction are extremely catchy, but lyrically boring, clichéd, and young. So if the content of what’s written to rhyme does not matter to you that much, then give Best I Never Had a go. You surely won’t be able to get these tunes out of your head—take that as you will.

1. Best I Never Had
2. Oceans Between Us
3. I Just Wanna Run
4. Take Me Home
5. You Were Wrong
6. Where Dreams Go To Die

The Downtown Fiction are an indie pop/rock band from Fairfax, VA comprised of Cameron Leahy (guitar/vocals), David Pavluk (bass/background vocals) and Eric Jones (drums)

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