Album Review: Theody
Theody’s self titled album dropped recently and if you are unaware of who Theody is then I am not surprised. They hail from Arkansas and the only reason I even found out about their existence is due to another writer on our staff telling me about them. He conducted an interview with them as well and you can see that HERE. Due to not wanting to be bias with a review, I was tasked with reviewing their debut album instead. Let me tell you something. I am amazed these guys are not more well known. I believe Sum 41 had an album called All Killer No Filler or something like that. That really should be the title of this record. By the way, I would say Theody has a Fireflight/Paramore kind of sound. This is mostly due to the rock sound led by a female singer.
Let me start off by saying that “Kaleidoscope” is a great way to kick off the album and is definitely a hit song. The high energy and catchy tune will have you singing along in no time. The next two tracks are “Cure The Apathy” and “Stronger”. Both tracks are good but nothing special. I know some may like “Stronger” a bit more than me but, in my opinion it is just a solid track. Ok, let me say that track 4, “Depths”, was initially my least favorite song on the entire album. I was ready to label it as the only fluff song until I listened through the album a second time. Wow! “Depths” is easily the second best track on the entire shedoozle and obviously a hit song. I made sure to listen over and over again to reassure myself. After a while I had all but forgotten why I ever thought it was fluff to begin with. Speaking of fluff, “Not Over Yet” was the only song about to be labeled fluff. In fact some may find it to be fluff but, it is a fringe good/fluff song. For me it is good but for others… They may not enjoy the slowed down melody of the song after hitting a high with “Depths”. “At The End Of The Day” is another solid but yet not spectacular track. “We Are Yours” is the other single by Theody (besides “Kaleidoscope”) and for a while I didn’t see it as a hit. But that sneaky son of a gun song would sneak into my head at the weirdest times. When I am on a date “We Are Yours”, when I am on the toilet “We Are Yours, and even when I am sleeping! I dream about “We Are Yours”. Eventually I realized I secretly loved the song, like Laura Winslow realized she loved Steve Urkel in Family Matters. “Bring Me Down” is another hit song and this one I heard right away like I had with “Kaleidoscope”. “Self Destruct” is the following track and another one I debated on whether it was good or a hit. While it would normally qualify as good without a second thought, the song did this thing when the singer would go “In 3, 2, 1” and the music would stop for a few seconds. For some unexplainable reason, I found this to make “Self Destruct” stand out. I say it is a good song but if you told me it was a hit, then I would not argue. The final track is “Unsinkable” and it is good or fluff depending on your taste. Two out of the three times I listened to it I found it to be good.
Do I recommend this album? Well… did you like “Kaleidoscope”? If so, then download/order this album right away. It has a bunch of hits and not once did I find myself skipping songs due to the “ugh, I wish this wasn’t in the way of the good songs” factor that normally comes into play when I encounter fluff (See About A Mile for examples). My only real gripe with all of the songs is that nothing stands out lyrically that made me impressed. Nothing was bad lyrically, just nothing impressive. Does this drag down the album? Not at all. In fact, it is as if you had a best friend who doesn’t have the largest vocabulary but… Who cares? All in all this is a great way to start out and I pray Theody finds success and produces music for years to comes.
Want to listen to their whole album? Go HERE
We Are Yours
Bring Me Down
Cure The Apathy
Not Over Yet
At The End Of The Day