Since February of last year, Boys Like Girls have been on a hiatus of rediscovery. After releasing Love Drunk, the disappointing follow-up to their self-titled album in 2009, consensus found the Massachusetts four-piece as good as gone. Approximately one year later, Boys Like Girls decided to put themselves back on the map with the release of the Crazy World EP. With three songs to its name, the EP is on the shorter side, but it sounds like a good start for Boys Like Girls’ long-awaited return.
Every song on Crazy World is perky with catchy hooks that will cause teenage girls to dance and flail with joy. Evidently, Boys Like Girls is trying to erase the mistakes they made on Love Drunk by producing a more original and authentic album. Best of all, they have regained control by doing everything on their own terms.
Martin Johnson’s vocals have improved tremendously, as showcased on “Be Your Everything”. Some of the lyrics are a little cheesy, especially the chorus, but Johnson means well: “I’ll be your shelter // I’ll be your storm // I’ll make you shiver // I’ll keep you warm // Whatever weather // Baby, I’m yours // Be your forever // Be your fling // Baby, I will be your everything.” Adding an endearing lyric video to go along with this cute tune has it well on its way to becoming an instant single success.
“Life of the Party” has a country vibe to it, influenced by Johnson’s stay in Nashville, Tennessee during the hiatus. It’s the type of song that should be played at backyard bonfire. It sounds like nothing that the band has ever written or played before, but will still make listeners want to go out and party. Get to the chorus and BLG starts to get their gospel on. The musicality of this song really stands out, specifically Keefe’s drums which dominate the track.
“The First Time” is a song about adjusting to changes in life whether they are huge milestones or tiny pebbles—and, frankly, is the most well rounded song on the album, both lyrically and musically. It’s catchy, light-hearted, and every word is true. No one gets a second chance at the first time—not even Boys Like Girls—but there is room to grow when people learn from the error of their ways and move on with their lives. With a profound ending like that, the EP guarantees that Boys Like Girls has not forgotten who they are, where they came from, and why they started making music in the first place.
Boys Like Girls is another band fighting the battle against record label pressure to produce unimpressive, money-making, mainstream, radio garbáge. If the full-length album sounds anything like the material on Crazy World, Boys Like Girls will have achieved a huge victory not only for them personally, but for all of the truly dedicated and genuine musicians out there.
*This review was composed by Sydney Gore and edited by Emily Coch