‘Arson is for lovers’ is the kind of pop record i adore, the kind that just grows and grows on you, until you reach the point where you can’t imagine a day passing without listening to it, even just to achieve sonic confirmation that each hook is exactly where it was the last time, or just to check that you’ve been humming it correctly. This is a collection of catchy songs, if nothing else.
Whilst unremarkable in style, ‘Merit’ play very likeable pop rock which will delight fans of The Action Design and, dare i say it, Paramore. That being said, this isn’t necessarily a record to avoid for those punk rock puritans amongst you, the guitars have the occasional ‘crunch’ and about them, and the vocals are incredibly catchy, i can’t imagine anyone being able to dislike Brenna Merritt’s voice.
Highlights for me include ‘Hold everything’ which sounds enough like ‘Tsunami bomb’ to make me smile from ear to ear, complete with an infectious vocal hook and a simple but effective guitar solo, and ‘Mourning Dove’, which, at track four is the first slow song on the record, showcasing their versatility and managing to keep the listener engaged. The title track also deserves a special mention, with its driving drum beat and muted guitar, it would’ve been the best song on the latest Paramore record.
If you’re looking for a record to challenge your perceptions on what it means to listen to music, then i’d advise you to look elsewhere, advice I’d repeat to someone who wants a record that’ll rip their face off with its sheer power. However, if you’re looking for an album to be the soundtrack to the lazy evening at the end of a long day, or a record that helps those summer days flash by, then I’d point you in the direction of ‘Arson is for lovers’. Its a record that knows its purpose, and fills it very well. Whats more, you can download it for free, what do you have to lose?