The Vamps and their fifth studio album is finally here, and let us start by saying that this album is a masterpiece, and it’s honestly our favorite album they’ve released.
This album, overall, gives off a lot of old school 70s/80s musical vibes throughout, and, while a large majority of the album is relatively upbeat, it also contains the most raw, powerful, and emotional (some to the point of heartbreaking) lyrics we’ve ever heard from the band before. We couldn’t possibly pick a favorite track, as this album has zero skips. Every song is pure perfection, but some of the ones that radiate with us the most (that aren’t singles) include ‘Nothing But You,’ ‘Protocol,’ ‘Treading Water,’ ‘Would You,’ and ‘Glory Days.’
Here’s Why Those Particular Songs Resonate With Us
‘Protocol’ is overall one of the saddest songs on the album, not just lyrically but instrumentally. We’re big saps over here, so if you need a good cry or just a song to get you in your feelings- this is the song for you.
‘Glory Days’ is more upbeat and is one of those songs that you can’t help but sing along to, and it’s one that you can easily dance to if you need a quick little stress-relieving dance number (we know we do) to make yourself feel better and make your day a bit better.
‘Treading Water’ is another song on the album that makes you feel so deeply- it’s not the slowest track on the album, but it’s definitely one of those songs that will almost induce tears (and probably will if you’re like us because we’re saps, remember?) It’s got emotionally-rich lyrics and spellbinding instrumentals that keep you mesmerized, and we’re so in love with it.
‘Would You’ is one of those songs that sneaks up and punches you right in the feels, mostly lyrically. This one is one of those upbeat sad songs that you can dance around to, but after you learn the lyrics, you’re kind of like, “damn, that’s sad af.” Overall the song is beautiful, and we can relate to this one on a personal level and would certainly include it high on a list of favorites.
‘Nothing But You’ is the song for your at-home, dancing-around-the-house-singing-into-a-hairbrush solo karaoke session. It’s upbeat and fun, and the lyrics aren’t sad on this one, so it’ll put you in a good mood and lift your spirits. We could all use a little pick me up right now, amirite?
Pure Vocals and Instrumental Talent
We could go on and on forever, but let’s move on! Besides the incredible songs and instrumentals, something else that’s unique about Cherry Blossom is that this is the only The Vamps album without any features. We LOVE every single feature they have ever had on the other albums, but without the other artists’ vocals, the band is able to showcase their pure vocal and instrumental talent. James and Connor have some seriously out-of-this-world harmonies that set our hearts ablaze. Brad’s smooth and sultry vocals have such an intimacy about them throughout Cherry Blossom that we can feel every emotion that he is trying to portray.
From a long time stan perspective, this album is the most ambitious and impressive album the band has ever released. From the heartfelt, poetic lyrics. To the passionate, dynamic vocals to every last hypnotic guitar riff and intoxicating drum beat. This album is the perfect display of how talented The Vamps are (not that we didn’t already know, but we need everyone else to get on board) and just how much they have grown as a band over the years.
If you haven’t heard it yet, we highly recommend you listen to it immediately, but don’t get too excited and start skipping around to listen to different songs or shuffle the album. The first couple of times you play it, listen to it in chronological order. That way, you get the full experience out of this album. Trust us on this one; it’s a necessity.
The Official Verdict
There you have it, Vamily! We give this album a 20/10 (and yes, we can do that because it’s a scale we made up 😉.) We enjoyed everything about this album, and we fall more in love with it every time we press play.
The official verdict is that this album is better than we ever imagined it would be. It fully exceeded our high expectations and then some. The Vamps put their hearts onto paper, and Cherry Blossom bloomed to life, and we cannot express enough that this album is a glorious, glorious masterpiece.
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