Just as in life, art is no exception to missteps. You will not always land a winning on the first try, and you will have to try again and again until you finally get to raise your fists into the air as a sign of victory. Annabelle, for example, does comes to mind – the first part was nice in the best case scenario, though the worse for many. Its sequel (or rather the prequel), on the other hand, was much more of a success. The same thing does tends to happen with bands and their releases, the first may bore the hell out of you, while the second or third one, as they say, will be the charm.
As some may recall, my review for Joshua Ketchmark’s Under The Star wasn’t exactly the most positive one. It showcased some great talents, a diamond in the rough – but in the end it felt kind of flat and the music was way too consistent for my taste. In an ironic twist, though, The Misses rarely has any of it. The album features a WHOLE new side of Ketchmark, as our Country boy goes for a whole rough, rock n’ roll approach this time. Every song is filled with energy, and each song features some subtle arrangements that makes of the record much dynamic and feel less consistent. Songs like “1988” and “Her Voice In My Head” is a pop-punk track at its core, but if you pay attention, there are some Country elements in it.
There are few flaws and past demons that just would let our man go as while not every songs feels the same, by the time you get to the end you do start getting this déjà vu. Also, take it as you want, but it gets to a point where the record starts feeling a bit dated. The major early 00’s Pop Punk influences that this album has, may break it or make it for some listeners.
In the end, The Misses by Joshua Ketchmark is, hands down, an improvement and it shows an artist that’s willing to grow and seek for new directions in order to find its own voice. That being said, it also shows there’s still a big way to go before we get his full potential unleash.