Relationships (and the demise of) are always great resources for songwriting, but there’s something incredibly potent about the line in “Sink/Let It Sway” where the Springfield, MO band, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, tries to rally the head-hangers and mopers into moving on: “Head low but you gotta let it sway / No miracle gonna happen when you feel that way.” Their third album, Let It Sway, finds the group channeling that attitude through their generally upbeat power-pop, where even at their most aggressive times (“My Terrible Personality” / “All Hail Dracula!”) things maintain a light enough tone to still keep it an enjoyable experience. Sure, life gets rough at times but you eventually need to just pick yourself up and keep going. Like the last track “Made to Last” (with its great California-tinged resolve) notes: “I need you strong / For all the trouble that belongs to us / When you follow me into the maze.”
Being the first album I’ve listened to from SSLYBY, I found Let It Sway to be a perfectly fine jumping on point for anyone else just now discovering the group. And while I found my tastes preferring the first half of the album, with its great one-two opening punch of “Back In the Saddle” and “Sink/Let It Sway,” there’s certainly enough agreeable pop offered up on Let It Sway if you need another album for your end-of-summer listening list.
P.S. – If you’re on the fence as to which version of Let It Sway to pick up, I’d opt for the Deluxe Version (on iTunes) to get the rambunctious “Cardinal Rules.”