Awsten, Geoff and Otto from Waterparks have kept the fans happy with the songs that have been dropped prior the release of the album. So if you’re new to this band, let’s catch you up on the songs that had already dropped. Then finish with an overall review of the album in track order.
Waterparks returned with turbulent
I found a refreshing change in ‘Turbulent’, with insane rhythm changes that showcase their diversity. Lyrically, it still resonated with a lot of the heartbreak and anger of previous songs.
The musicality and instrumental breathe in a fresh wave of other music genres and honestly, it blew my mind.
“You wanna hear my Art, but only on your terms…”
‘Watch What Happens Next’ was released with an accompanying video. This is when as a fan I started becoming truly excited for what else was to come. The song itself displays the already well-known issues they had with their previous label. But it’s refreshing to hear a band own that and articulate it into a song the way they have.
“Am I The Boy You Dreamed Of?”
After this, Dream Boy was dropped. In contrast to the other two, this song has such an uplifting vibe. It was the upbeat fun love song I had been missing all summer.
This song was something I needed and found refreshing. It has a mainstream pop vibe and is radio friendly. This song is a staple in my playlist that I always turn up.
“I’m Just Here To Destroy”
After this, Reboot was dropped. At first listen I wasn’t that into it but I replayed it a couple of times and actually fell in love with this song.
This is a song you really need to stop and pay attention too, if you do you will understand its depth. I actually really relate to this song!
“I Need It More Than I Let On”
By this point as a fan, I was beginning to become impatient. I just wanted the album already. What I already heard I overall loved and found myself eager to hear what else they had in store for us.
However, they dropped another song. In my opinion, THE song. One that blew my mind. This is not just one of my favorite songs by Waterparks. It is probably one of my favorite songs, ever. If you haven’t heard this song yet, you’re missing out.
When I first listened to High Definition I felt the sadness and emotion poured into that song. It is incredibly moving, I also feel that this is a song that has the potential to bring more people into this fandom. (See what I did there)? Or at least get them to check out more of their songs.
Now, in all honesty, I wrote about the songs that had dropped before the rest of the albums release. However, I followed the band frontman Awsten’s advice when it came out. I came off social media, stuck in the earphones and zoned out everything around me and listened to the album in its entirety.
‘Cherry Red‘ starts off the album more like an intro as it is pretty short but has a feeling of rejection to me. Being willing to die for someone but they’ve changed their mind. This then transitions into the previously mentioned ‘Watch What Happens Next‘ followed by ‘Dream Boy‘.
Let’s just say when the next track ‘Easy To Hate‘ started I wasn’t ready! While the song is catchy as hell with an upbeat tune. The lyrics are anything but.
This is only my opinion and what I have taken away from the song but I found it relatable. To me, it represents being stuck in an unhappy relationship, in a rut so to speak. Not really having the energy to leave, so all this resentment and hatred builds up. I’ve been there and felt that, so perhaps that’s why it resonated with me.
The next track is the already mentioned beautifully sad ‘High Definition‘ Followed by ‘Telephone‘ which in contrast to the other songs is an upbeat high energy love song. The melody and piano in the background reflects for me the fun butterflies you have when you meet someone and fall hard instantly. And see them as part of your future.
‘Group Chat‘ well, its just Group Chat and you have to listen to it yourself to understand what I mean!
We then get the previously mentioned ‘Turbulent‘ that fades out to ‘Never Bloom Again‘ a sad song about stepping or moving away. Seeing that person everywhere ‘All the girls in Los Angeles look like you, from a distance‘ although sad, melodically and acoustically this song is really pretty. I don’t know if that makes any sense to you? Give it a listen and let me know what you think.
‘I Miss Having Sex But At Least I Don’t Wanna Die Anymore‘ is set in a very fun and cheeky kind of way. But if you listen or read the lyrics properly in the verses they contradict that. It touches on stan culture, and how so much is asked of someone in their position. Asking for twitter follows and asking the same questions over and over again.
This is one of those songs that get stuck in your head and honestly, I’m not looking forward to the moment I’m singing ‘I Miss Having Sex But At Least I Don’t Wanna Die Anymore‘ in public, forgetting where I am. And trust me, knowing me it will happen!
‘War Crimes‘ is a song a seriously cannot wait to hear performed live. This song is a fusion of different emotions and all I can say is just listen. You have to listen to this!
‘Reboot‘ follows and is perfectly placed between ‘War Crimes‘ and the next track ‘Worst.’ If you are already a Parx fan, this song will be familiar to you. Its an updated version of the song previously heard. I prefer this version in comparison.
‘Zone Out’ is a slowed-down mellow transition of ‘Dream Boy’ which leads on to the final track of the album ‘I Felt Younger When We Met.’ This is to me a song of regret. Having left a past relationship that held so much intimacy and having it shattered. That is my interpretation anyway.
Yes, this article has been written with bias. I am sure it is obvious to you I am a fan, which is why I have tried to interpret as well as review! Interpretation will probably take a few more listens, which I have no problem with whatsoever!
This is undoubtedly the best album Waterparks have dropped. They have managed to grow while staying true to who they are. I have a lot of respect for that.
Definitely one of my top albums of 2019!
Favourite Tracks: High Definition, Easy To Hate, I Miss Having Sex But At Least I Don’t Wanna Die & War Crimes.
Featured Image: Awsten Knight, Geoff Wigginton & Otto Wood