The Ordinary Boys – Review
by Jose Eduardo Freitas Pereira
Nearly 10 years since their last album, The Ordinary Boys are back with the self titled ‘The Ordinary Boys’ album, this time around with Rory Atwal and MJ on production and Dan Lancaster for mixing. The band returns with the original members of their previous line up: Preston, James Gregory (Bass) and Charlie ‘Chuck’ Stanley (Drums) as well as new member Louis Jones (Guitar) from previous power pop band Spectrals.
They return with the lead single “Four Letter Word” which has a really energetic feel and hook to it, as wells as some meaningful and honest lyrics (which avid Ordinary Boys fans will surely enjoy). For me – who, admittedly, am not the biggest rock fan and before listening to the album only had listened to one of the band’s songs (their infamous number one smash hit “Boys Will Be Boys”) – I was pleasantly surprised by a large number of tracks from their album which I found very enjoyable to listen to, such as “Losing My Cool”, “Awkward” and “I’m Leaving You”, all of them providing catchy hooks and some really cool guitar melodies. However, as the album goes onto the latter stages, I did begin to find tracks such as “Cruel” and “Panic attack” rather dull and repetitive in terms of using the same sounding hooks and guitar solos time after time. That being said, “Putting My Heart on the Line” and “Disposable Anthem” does bring life back to the album, adding an element of different soundness with more interesting guitar solos and vocal harmonies, especially in terms of disposable anthem.
Even though I would say that, in the album, there is not a song that stands out majorly from the rest, I would certainly say that this is a “proper” album in the sense that it is a track list of songs which interlink with each other and belong together rather than a collection of random songs that have been recorded over a period of time and stuck onto a track list.
Alongside with this, throughout the whole album there was also a feel of a reflective theme but with a typical edge to it in terms of the lyrics which demonstrates Preston’s diversity and song writing skills to the maximum, resulting into some really interesting lyrics throughout.
Overall, in spite of not being an avid rock fan by any means, I did actually enjoy the vast majority of the album and would certainly say that The Ordinary Boys’ comeback album as a whole was a big success. With a 25 date tour for the promotion of the album, I’m pretty sure they will find themselves at the centre of attention in the industry once again, whilst pleasing old fans and attracting new ones in the process.
Final Rating: 4/5