ALBUM: Man Overboard – Heavy Love
June 29th, 2015
It’s easy to forget that Man Overboard only formed in 2008. The New Jersey pop-punks seem to have been championing the scene for a lot longer, what with their “defend pop punk” slogan and strong releases. ‘Heavy Love’ is album number four, picking up from where 2013’s ‘Heart Attack’ left off.
It’d be fair to say that Man Overboard have found their pigeonhole in this scene, playing non-too aggressive pop-punk with a slight leaning towards pop-rock. From their early releases through to present day, there’s been a strong Blink-182 love going on, even taking the name of one of that band’s songs as their band name. ‘Heavy Love’ is really more of the same from a band that appear to be reaching the summit of their popularity. There’s a real risk of plateauing for Man Overboard now that they’ve reached album number four, a checkpoint that traditionally makes or breaks a band’s career.
The songs on ‘Heavy Love’ aren’t strong. They aren’t instant stick in your head anthems. You don’t ever prick up your ears and relate to the lyrics coming out from Nik Bruzzese and Zac Eisenstein‘s gullets. For fans of the band, it may be enough. Much like The Story So Far, this album hasn’t really moved them forwards at all in terms of stature, it has merely cemented their place on the ever wobbly ladder of ageing pop-punk bands.
The strong points for ‘Heavy Love’ come from the vocal delivery. There are some fairly catchy songs like ‘Now That You’re Home’ and ‘She’s In Pictures’, but the instrumentals don’t ever really stray from the well-trodden path. For the most part, it’s a pretty chilled out release, opting more for the radio-friendly side of the genre apart from on the fast-paced ‘Cliffhanger’.
Man Overboard are teetering on top of the mountain that they’ve created. Whether they’re able to spread their wings and fly on will remain to be seen, or maybe they’ll merely topple and fall like so many bands before them.
Written by MG Savage (@MGSavagewriter)