Album Review: The Story So Far – S/T

by Deanna Chapman

The Story So Far released their self-titled album this week. The album follows up their 2013 release of What You Don’t See. They stayed true to form on this release and brought back the previous vibe they’ve created with the first two albums. A whole lot of anger is what comes to mind when I think of this band, and I mean that in the best way. The band consistently has song you can yell along to and you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something by the end of it. Almost like a weight lifted off your shoulders.

“Smile” starts the album off with the lines “I know it’s been a while//But I will not fake this stupid smile.” I don’t know about you, but those are some fairly powerful lyrics to kick off an album. And “Smile” was probably my favorite song off the whole album, which is good and not so great at the same time. It’s good because the album starts with a fantastic song, but not so great because the rest of the album isn’t really as good as the opening song. Not to say the other songs are bad, I do enjoy “Nerve” and “Phantom” as well. Those are easily my top three songs of the album. I wish I had more to say, but overall, the release wasn’t super impressive. I’d love to see the band to grow more as they continue to make music, but for now I may prefer to give their debut album a spin more than this one. However, it may be just what you’re looking for so be sure to give the album a spin anyway.