Review: Man Overboard – ‘Heavy Love’

by Deanna Chapman

Heavy Love is the fourth LP from Man Overboard. The album was released on June 30th via Rise Records. I’ve been a casual fan of the band now for a couple years now and I have to say, this is likely the first album I’ve paid so much attention to. It immediately drew me in with the Weezer-like vibe on “Now That You’re Home.” As soon as I heard the song for the first time, I was thinking, “Wow, I’m really going to enjoy this album.” And that was spot on.

The first two tracks, “Now That You’re Home” and “Borderline,” are my two favorite tracks off the album. This is pretty unusual for me. Usually, my favorite songs don’t end up being the first two I hear. Even though that happens to be the case here, the rest of the album is solid. You have great guitar playing in “Cliffhanger” to go along with some fast beating drums and “A Love That I Can’t Have” closes the album out with some Green Day-esque power chords.

I could go on all day about how I love this album, but I think I’ll leave it at a few short paragraphs for everyone else’s sake. This album definitely felt a bit more on the pop side than some of their previous albums. It’s a great follow up to 2013’s Heart Attack and the band has progressed extremely well since starting out. I highly suggest you check out this album. You can pick it up digitally on iTunes and Amazon. For physical releases, you can find it at Rise Records.