Reviewed! The Summer Set - Everything's Fine

Purchase - Everything's Fine
The Summer Set
Everything’s Fine
Razor & Tie

With Everything’s Fine, the Summer Set has effectively toned down the pre-pubescent snarkiness from their debut full length Love Like This, and have shown they have the ability to effectively grow as a band. Not to say that the Summer Set are anything close to a different band, because they still employ those elements that first made us all fans – relatable boy-meets-girl style lyrics executed with punchy, bouncy guitars and soaring choruses. Everything’s Fine ultimately feels sonically comfortable; though there are subtle underpinnings that this band knows how evolve.

Though there are times throughout Everything’s Fine that might have you thinking that the Summer Set has been listening to Jason Mraz a little much for their own good (“Thick As Thieves,” “Mona Lisa,” “Love to You”), it’s still an album full of the Summer Set being the Summer Set, and whether they are flexing their strapping pop sensibilities (“Begin Again”), writing your new soundtrack to summer (“When We Were Young”), or flowing emotions from pen to paper to wax via sweeping ballads (“Mannequin,” “Don’t Let Me Go”), Everything’s Fine remains consistent, which is one of this album’s strongest attributes.    

If the Summer Set was ever going to make it in today’s cutthroat copycat scene, they needed an album like Everything’s Fine, one that showcases this band possesses the ability to emerge from the depths of a sea full of candy-coated also-rans, a sound that can exist outside the realm of Warped Tour parking lots. While they might not ever escape scads of inevitable comparisons, at least, now armed with Everything’s Fine, they might find themselves one step closer to being the band those aforementioned candy-coated also-rans are being compared to.     

Grade: B+
Listen to: “Mannequin”


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