Album Review: Man Overboard – “Real Talk”

Album Review: Man Overboard – “Real Talk”

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It hard to explain why this record is so good. Man Overboard‘s first full LP Real Talk is 12 catchy as sin songs, which get stuck in your head for hours, and when you return to listen to them, it’s as if it’s been years since you’ve heard it.

It’s that good.

How Man Overboard has released one of the best records of the year, I can’t comprehend, but it does make me feel like an idiot for saying “if you think pop punk is dead, then listen to this album,” at the end of all of old reviews. Real Talk is the album that really puts pop punk back on it’s feet. It’s got all the right ingredients; palm muted power chord intros, traded off vocals between two equally pop punky sounding singers, one high pitched, one sensitive (think Set Your Goals), big drums, and audible bass parts. Each song is perfectly arranged, with the right amount of chorus matched by enough tension to make the relief feel like a warm blanket on a cold night.

World Favorite, Real Talk’s first actual “song,” kicks off . Simplistic lyrics that flow atop a standard, three chord verse are traded off and ganged up in the classic pop punk fashion. The chorus hits, and that’s when the party in your ears starts to pick up. Open power chords, punched through your headphones never sounded so good. She’s Got Her Own Man Now is the quintessential broken heart requiem. Slow verses with heavy bass, dirty guitars, and droning voices bellow the old memories and new hopes. The song picks up in speed, but stay’s heavy on the feet, making it perfect for any good break up mix.

It is hard to deny it, Real Talk is the perfect break up album. I know this for a fact. For some odd reason, it’s hard to find break up albums these days. They used to be everywhere, but now, it’s all positive, pink stuff, screamy, scary stuff, punk, political stuff, or super sad acoustic stuff. Yet, Real Talk is fast enough to not drag you down, while being sad enough to relate to. The words are simple, so you can be singing along by the second listen. The music sounds like something you’ve heard before, while at the same time sounding new and fresh.

We’ll see if Man Overboard can stay afloat. I hope they do. They’re young enough to mature into the next big thing.

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