This article has been corrected.
Somewhere along his musical career Bryce Avary went wrong. Horribly wrong.
Returning with his much-anticipated follow up to 2007â€™s â€œDo You Feel,â€ Avary emerges with â€œOf Men And Angels,â€ a pop-rock album saturated with nothing but bland overtones and cheesy lyrics.
â€œYou Gotta Believe,â€ the first single released off the album, is empty with clichÃ© guitar chords and a standard drumbeat that should make listeners doze off more than tap their feet.
Not only does the musical structure lack any substance, but the lyrics are poorly written with just a lack of creativity in general, with lines like, â€œYou gotta believe/ oh yeah/ you gotta be free.â€
â€œJapanese Exchange Studentâ€ is perhaps one of Avaryâ€™s worst written songs. In the lyrics, Avary explains that he would prefer being a Japanese exchange student to the pop-rock star he is.
It also happens to be the first song in which Avary finds himself name-dropping other celebrities, like Beyonce and Paul McCartney.
Itâ€™s hard to say that there are no good songs on the album. â€œRosesâ€ and the title track on the album, â€œOf Men and Angels,â€ both showcase Avaryâ€™s talents. Itâ€™s just that his talent is somewhat muddied by the yearning to write overly friendly pop songs.
Anyway you look at it, â€œOf Men And Angelsâ€ leaves a lot to be desired with Avaryâ€™s career as far as music is concerned. But itâ€™s hard to feel anything, when you canâ€™t feel the music.
Music reviewer Ian Mahan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org