Music Review: Oh, What a Life, the American Authors

Music Review: American Authors

Anika Bates


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American Authors


Up-and-coming alternative band American Authors released their first official album on March 3.

This indie rock band, best known for their hit single “Best Day of My Life,” first met in 2006 while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass.

Band members Zac Barnett, James Adam Shelley, Dave Rublin and Matt Sanchez stayed in Boston until 2010, recording and performing under the name The Blue Pages. They then relocated to Brooklyn, New York and were signed by The Island Def Jam Music Group.

American Author’s first official album, “Oh, What a Life,” is preceded by their two popular singles, “Believer” and “Best Day of My Life.”

“Best Day of My Life” was featured in a Lowe’s television advertisement and the television preview for “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” The single manifests the band’s genre of indie alternative rock.

This Imagine Dragons-esque band features many tracks that, while varied in subjects and topics, have the same general feel.

One song I found particularly interesting and entertaining was “Luck.” The opening lyrics hint that the lead singer is speaking directly to a love interest, calling out in confusion as a response to this or her failure to reciprocate communication.

But as the song goes on, apologies are made towards the singer’s mother, father and brother. This song is much more complex than it is given credit for, and it’s sure to be a favorite with the release of the album.

After listening through this album multiple times, I found myself both pleased and bored with the sound of the album. I was impressed with their consistency to produce upbeat and optimistic songs, but their tendency to produce a repetitive sound to each song made me question their ability to broaden their creative horizons.

The tracks released on “Oh, What a Life” display the carefree attitude of the band. Their diverse range of songs and subjects really put them in the running for one of the biggest breakout artists of 2014.

This newly sought-after group produced a steady and happy-go-lucky album. I look forward to their next CD, and hope to find that they take a risk with their future albums and push their creative boundaries.


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Music Review: Oh, What a Life, the American Authors

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