Growing up in the 90s, and looking to the music back then, it kind of baffles me how fun and often hilarious rock music used to be. At a time where one of the angsty genres took over the world (that would be Grunge, in case you were still wondering), on the other side of the spectrum we had all this alternative and pop punk bands that were really funny and usually didn’t take things that serious. On that box we can throw in Smash Mouth, The Offspring, Blink 182, Cake, Beck and Ben Folds, just to name a few.
Circus Of The West embodies most of that 90s spirit on their newest record We’ll See Ourselves Out. You only get to listen songs like “Boxes” where you get those common one string guitar lead guitars that use to blend with this somewhat theatrical (think Broadway) vocals. The songs as well touch most of this serious topics as love, loss, hope and identity in such a light-hearted way, though then we get tracks like “Nothing Special” and “Valentine Eye” where they get a bit serious, just to go back to the fun right away.
There’s not too much bad things to say. It does gets to a point where it feel like the band are playing all safe though. The music is very catchy and you can definitely sit through and enjoy it, but doesn’t expect for it to really grow in you. If you have read some of my review you see how I tend to highly those bands and artists that tends to write and record this very eclectic albums and how does that helps to get things a bit dynamic and interesting. Sadly, while the band change the tempos and rhythms here and there, it’s not enough and the difference isn’t that much so it ends up feeling a bit tiresome by the time you hit the end.
Criteria - 85%
In the end, despite of the paragraph below, this is a very talented band with a great potential and if you love artists like Ben Folds and REM you will enjoy We'll See Ourselves Out as a whole or only a few songs. Definitely give it a listen yourself and luckily you'll dig. By the next record, hopefully they will get to play with other styles and get away from their comfort zone a bit.