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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

by Samuel Barker
July 30, 2001


File Under: Pop Punk
rating: A
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1. That Song

2. Private Radio

3. True Believers

4. Better Life

5. The Something Special

6. Broken Record

7. Lifetime

8. Manthem

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  • Bouncing Souls
  • After being totally disappointed in Hopeless Romantic I was a bit afraid to give this album a listen. I loved the first three Bouncing Souls releases, but I began to doubt their new material. This fear wasn't just laid aside, it was crushed. How I Spent My Summer Vacation is a top notch album. It's got the classic hooks and the signature Bouncing Souls sound.

    The album opens with "This Song," which shot this record to the top as soon as it started. I was immediately pulled into the song because it was something we can relate to, a love for music and finding our identities in a sound. It's about being a part of something larger than just the music, it's about being a part of something special through your love of a band.

    A similar theme runs through "Private Radio." This song is the best. It's about sitting in your room and listening to albums and paying attention to everything said. It's about loving something deeply. Everyone can relate to this song. It's a part of all of us.

    "True Believers" is a wonderful song about being with close friends and keeping faith in your friendships and your life. The lyrics on this album are very positive and very unlifting. The band really reached down for some good personal feelings to be conveyed through this release.

    After a few tracks there comes the theme of a lot of Bouncing Souls songs, lost love and trying to make your life work. "The Special Something" is a strange track lyrically, you can't really distinguish if he's accepting being alone or if he's still fighting to save a love. Either way, it's a sweet, emotional track that will have you singing along.

    "Manthem" is a wonderful song about being close to your friends. It's about leaving the ladies at home and getting out with your closest friends to just enjoy being with people you are close to. It's about keeping your friends close, because they're the people who will love you until you die.

    The album closes with "Gone." This track is a great way to end everything. It's a song about self-doubt and trying to see through everything to find a clearer, better tomorrow though a song. It's a great positive note to leave on.

    This album puts the Bouncing Souls back at the head of the race in my eyes, there are few bands who convey the positive messages that they do without sounding like preachers, and they also share a love of music that a listener wants to hear out of a band. You can't disregard this album because their love is real, they love music, it's what makes their lives complete.

    Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at suma@rockzone.com.

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