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Life & Travels by Pocket Odyssey [Official Review]

Life and Travels

Pocket Odyssey (circa 2008) has taken the experience of their Life & Travels as professional musicians and compiled it into one catchy, poppy, innovative album! Their masterpiece hit online distributors earlier this month and their fans are loving it!

“Great to hear an honest young, upstart band cutting their teeth on solid tunes with infectious hooks and storybook lyrics beyond their years.” Writes one fan in a review on iTunes

Pocket Odyssey will have their official CD release party on June 6th at Sessions Hall alongside Phillip Morrow.

The infectious album opens with one of its best songs, “Confessions” which begins with a catchy guitar-riff and sing-along OH chants and lyrics. The second verse shifts feelings with a harder beat and riff, squealing guitars and scream-esque vocals that bring the songs written lyrics into a mixture of felt emotions.

“All my confessions ring out from the high places thundering down like landslides”

Life & Travels then cuts over to its second track, “Peeling” with a faster tempo, a jumpy intro and Ramones-like verse. It transitions well into it’s anthemic chorus’ and the bridge does a great job of bringing it all together with a well established build.

The third track “Vows” relates to it’s predecessors with a catchy intro; it differs however in it’s beat. Vows will be the song that people move to in a colorful dance-hall crowded by all their adoring fans! The post-bridge riffs pay tribute once again to the Ramones style that Peeling has and gives the feeling of utter chaos. (In the good sense of having utter chaos of course)

“Can’t you see when someone’s heart beats just to love you, but you’re not gonna make a regret out of me!”

The journey continues with “How The West Was Won” and knocks listeners off of the railroad tracks branded by the feel of the album’s previous songs. If Anchor Music remembers correctly, this is one of the tracks that was reproduced from their previous works. How The West Was Won has a significantly darker feel than the other ballads and has too many highlights to count; it is most certainly the Anchor favorite.

The album slows down with “Of Bells and Shells” which has much more of a classic rock feel. For whatever reason, it reminds us of a less-riff centered Audioslave or Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.” Of Bells and Shells marks the albums first distinct guitar solo that successfully transitions itself back into a building chorus only to end the same way it started with lasting chills.

Here to lighten the mood is “Solid Ground” with that poppy feel that listeners will remember from the first three tracks. It’s all-around more encouraging and inspiring with it’s lyrics, and the breakdown is well composed. The song concludes in a goose bump raising build.

“I will build you a boat with my bones, with my bones. I will hold you steady, steady with my body, body on the rolling foams”

The post-climax music then begins with, “Poetic Justice.” The song is overall the most poppy and the lyrics sung in it’s chorus are highly infectious. One can assume that this song was written for Pocket Odyssey’s fans to sing-along during their live performances.

The credits roll with a whispering “Saint Street” ending a fantastic album on a happy note. (Pun intended) Much like the rest of the album, the lyrics in this track can be easily placed on repeat inside ones mind long after the song has ended. This track sets itself apart from the rest establishing itself as a prolonged build that hits its first peak with a mellow guitar solo; this transitions into a repeated chant and overarching lyrics that will have fans banding together raising their lighters in the air for a perfect finale to a perfect night.

Live the story with Pocket Odyssey at Sessions Hall on June 6th during their CD Release. Details can be found on their Facebook or ReverbNation.

About Jeremy Boyum

Jeremy Boyum is a 24 year old entrepreneur who fell in love with music at the age of 13. He fell in love with business in high school and has been passionately pursuing the idea of combining the two into one ever since. Always rooting for the underdog, he created Anchor Music News to provide a platform for artists (both major and independent) to broadcast media and news to new and attentive audiences. When he isn’t pitching about something, he is rocking out with his band, Shadow of whales, hanging out with his beautiful wife, or if time allows it, sleeping. Some of his favorite artists are Relient K, Sum 41, Blink-182, We Caught The Castle, Fans of Faye, Envoi, and Olivia the Band.


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