No Small Children begin their new album What Do The Kids Say? with Radio, a bouncy track that calls back both to The Runaways and Avril Lavigne. The guitars have a retro, A Flock of Seagulls-ish sound, making for a track that fans of all ages can appreciate.
It’s All For Love (For Goodness Sake) is a bouncy pop-punk/rock effort that immediately hits listeners with catchy vocals, furious guitars, and splashy drums. This three-piece could not be any more taut in their arrangements, using sequencing and echo in just the right ways. Fans of Good Charlotte and Bif Naked will find something that they can appreciate here.
Can You Imagine slows things up well, allowing the instrumentation ample time to shine. There’s a callback to the work of Natalie Cole and The Cranberries here. The depth of the arrangements is fantastic, touching upon the efforts of Incubus and Meteora-era Linkin Park. I’m So Concerned uses repetition to tattoo the titular phrase deep into the minds and hearts of listeners with a sorrowful horn punctuating the relatively silent backdrop.
I Don’t Believe What You Say is a frenetic, fantastic effort that refreshes the pop-punk sound of the late nineties/early oughts (e.g. “The Rock Show”-era Blink 182) while boldly forging through with vocals that kick fans’ asses. Truly an intense effort; the cut may be our favorite on the disc.
Then It Woke and I Feel Better are the final two efforts on What Do The Kids Say?. Taken together, they showcase the two poles of the band. For additional information about No Small Children and to locate samples of their music, make sure to give their main domain and their social networking profiles a spin.
Top Tracks: It’s All For Love (For Goodness Sake), I Don’t Believe What You Say