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Though the music is actually okay, 'Ghosts Again' leaves too much to be desired.

Do you like Paramore? If you do, then you will certainly like ForeverAtLast. The roots of this young Indianapolis-based four-piece date back to 2005 when drummer Jared Paris and guitarist Jordan Vickers developed the early incarnations of the band in several local outfits. In 2008 vocalist Brittany Paris joined after just one audition and song development began. Bass player Ezekiel Vasquez came on board in 2014 then, after signing with Victory Records, work commenced on 'Ghosts Again'.

The bio states that the musical style is primarily Punk-influenced and the likes of Hawthorne Heights and No Doubt have been mentioned in other press articles, but I can state categorically that they sound exactly like Paramore.

I am guessing that the Paramore comparisons are not intentional but it is just hard to avoid. Brittany Paris has Hayley Williams vocal mannerisms nailed and the high energy musical workouts are almost identical in structure and arrangement.

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My biggest criticism of 'Ghosts Again' is a lack of variety through the eleven tracks. There is a strong sense of urgency attached to each song and only 'Ghost In The Attic' adds something different with its gentle piano refrain at its conclusion. The album was recorded by Matt Goldman (Anberlin) and mixed by Brian Thorburn and overall it does pack a punch but after nearly forty minutes the spitfire riffs and staccato drumming becomes a little tiresome and the listener is left crying out for some subtlety.

The fact that ForeverAtLast's review mentions another band so many times should give some indication about my feelings in general and though the music is actually okay, 'Ghosts Again' leaves too much to be desired.

Dave Bott

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