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Brooklyn Boys The Honorary Title "Light Up the Sky"

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It seems to be a recurring event; it happened last week with Rilo Kiley and now this week with The Honorary Title. Abandoning your signature sound for a more radio-friendly one can either be a disaster (Liz Phair) or a step forward in creative development. Luckily, The Honorary Title finds firm footing in Scream and Light Up the Sky, an album that embraces the band’s pop sensibilities.

The album opens humbly with lyrically driven anthems “Thin Layer” and “Stay Away” but immediately kicks into gear with “Untouched and Intact”, the album’s first single. “Stuck at Sea” is a perfect example of THT’s new sound: ambient, area-friendly, and virtually free of acoustic intimacy. As “Far More” proves, the album is essentially a balancing act: maintaining a sound that suits Jarrod Gorbel’s vocals and lyrics but simultaneously augmenting that very sound.