The new album “When We Were Young” by The Energy
The rock quartet, The Energy, have just released “When We Were Young”. It’s their fifth studio album and the result of two years of hard work. The Energy have just recently celebrated their first decade of playing together – a respectable age for any band. The independent rock quartet is based in Brooklyn, New York and the members Adam Wolfsdorf (vocals), Ian VanderMeulen (guitar), James Clifford (bass) and Zachary Thomas (drums). The Energy have supported famous bands like 3 Doors Down, Vertical Horizon and Eve 6. Some of their influences include U2, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam.
“When We Were Young” begins with “Losing Myself”. This is an energetic rock piece with interesting drum breaks in the verse and a melodic chorus. Although “Losing Myself” is definitely good, I find that it’s one of the more insignificant pieces in the album. This can’t be said for the second song on “When We Were Young” – “You Can Follow”. This is an absolute gem – the amazing riff, breaks and shredding solo will guarantee you’ll remember this piece and play it back again and again. “When We Were Young”, the song that gave the album its name, is third on our playlist. Although, it’s undeniably a good song, I personally wouldn’t put it up with the greatest tracks by The Energy. Next we get to lyrical “Return To You”. This is one of the greatest rock ballads I’ve heard in a while – it reminds me of Foo Fighters in their “In Your Honor” period and that’s always a good thing in my book!
Our playlist continues with “Free”. This is another one of my favorites – I simply love the funky verses and the powerful chorus makes the urge of singing along almost irresistible. Don’t even get me started on the amazing solo. Just go and listen to “Free” – you’ll get it then! “Don’t Come Around” is one of the most popular songs on “When We Were Young”. It’s a great piece, if I had to compare the style, I’d say it’s similar to Franz Ferdinand (especially “Take Me Out”). “California Sun” is a good song, although it doesn’t quite fulfill the expectations that have been set pretty high by now. I have to admit that even if I don’t find the verses that spectacular, the chorus and the solo are perfect. “American Disaster” is the piece I like least on “When We Were Young” – it’s a pretty basic modern punk song. However, The Energy are obviously very talented, so if you’re a fan of Green Day, you’ll surely like this piece – it’s just not my favorite style. The last song is “The Constant”. It’s a collaboration with G4SHI (pronounced Gashi) a great rising rapper and singer. “The Constant” is undeniably a great song, although I personally wouldn’t point it out as one of the best tracks on the album.
In conclusion, “When We Were Young” is definitely worth your time – make sure to give it a shot and support The Energy! They deserve it!
Review by Christina Vukova