Off With Their Heads - Be Good
Review by Shannon Shumaker
Introspective, vulnerable and emotional, Be Good is an incredibly personal release from Off With Their Heads, but despite all of the heavy lyrical content and hard-hitting songwriting, there’s a glimmer of hope in this album that’ll have fans playing it on repeat for months to come. From start to finish, Be Good flows with ease from track to track, playing like one long story rather than a series of snapshots. While certain songs can absolutely be plucked from the album out of context (strong tracks include “Disappear,” “No Love” and “Severe Errand”) the album is best heard when played front to back with no interruptions - something that is hard to find in 2019.
Opening Be Good is the introspective and surprisingly positive first track, “Disappear,” which perfectly sets the tone for the album. Changing speed quick enough to give you whiplash, “Disappear” wastes no time kicking things into high gear, too, and flows perfectly into the rallying cry, “Be Good.” Although the near-constant high energy of the album can feel a little bit overwhelming at times (you may feel as if you need to take a breather by the time the raw and unbridled “No Love” comes in) the result is an album that plays like an energetic live show.
That overwhelming energy is met with a few breaks throughout the album, too. The band eventually slows things down a bit on “Take Me Away.” Although the song starts off with high energy guitar work, it quickly gives way to a slower, ballad-like verse and softer vocals. Then there’s the bass-driven, introspective track, “Trash It,” which picks up the pace once more near the end of the album.
Just as it begins, Be Good ends on an optimistic note as well. The final three songs, kicking off with the hopeful “Severe Errand” serve as one hell of a finale that’ll stick with you for plenty of time to come. Timeless, energetic and unbridled, Be Good is the perfect soundtrack for getting your shit together and trying to get through life one day at a time.
LISTEN TO “Disappear” or “Severe Errand”
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