Real Friends - Composure
Review by Shannon Shumaker
Composure, the newest release from Illinois pop-punk band Real Friends feels like an emotional punch to the gut. Driven by a well rounded, matured sound and powerful lyrical content, Composure not only finds Real Friends stepping out of their comfort zone sonically but also touching on some very personal topics like mental health, self-love and growth.
Opening track, “Me First” packs a punch both sonically and lyrically. With explosive energy and a full sound, the band doesn’t falter while Dan Lambton displays some of his best vocal work to date, from softer tones to emotional, gravely yells. Within the first few songs, the lyrical content is sure to stand out as well, with tracks like “Stand Steady,” “From The Outside” and “Smiling On The Surface” soon to be anthems for those who have ever struggled or are currently struggling with their mental health. You’ll find solace in knowing that you’re not alone, and hope knowing that if Lambton can cope with, and ultimately survive despite his struggles, then you can too.
Musically, Composure has that same high energy pop-punk edge that first drew fans to Real Friends, but it definitely feels refined compared to their older material - and that’s certainly not a bad thing. Lambton’s vocal work in particular feels more sturdy and precise, and when songs like the slower “Unconditional Love” explode, you can really feel it. The album’s title track is easily one of the strongest, as it feels like healing, acceptance and moving forward - it reminds listeners that we’re all a work in progress, and that’s perfectly okay.
Composure feels like the album that Real Friends have been building toward since their beginning. It’s honest and personal and will certainly resonate with fans no matter where they might be in their own personal journey, all while the band continues to push the boundaries of their sound.
LISTEN TO: "From The Outside" or "Composure"
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