The Cab is back with their second album â€œSymphony Soldier.â€ The album features co-writing collaborations between Pete Wentz, Bruno Mars, and John Feldmann, and The Cabâ€™s former guitarist Ian Crawford performs in a few songs. On its August 23 release, it reached number 62 on the Billboard 200, and entered the top 10 on the iTunes album chart.
First song, â€œAngel with a Shotgunâ€ starts off sounding like a pleasant mix between 30 Seconds to Mars, Panic! at the Disco, and OneRepublic. The upbeat instrumentals, including the drum line at the breakdown carry the message that the lyrics are trying to convey.
Second and third songs â€œTemporary Blissâ€ and â€œBadâ€ croon about the heartaches of hook ups. â€œBlissâ€ gives off the feeling that itâ€™s more than meaningless and pleads for something permanent with a convincing bridge consisting of harmonies and scandalous â€˜na-na-nas.â€™ First single, â€œBadâ€ is reminiscent of Marsâ€™ style, and continues the message of wanting more than a fling.
â€œEndlesslyâ€ has a piano pop sound, similar to The Script if The Script were faster paced and lacking accents.
Joining the myriad of bands with a song titled â€œAnimal,â€ The Cab paints the picture of the club as a jungle and the subject as the hunter searching for that fiery vixen to succumb. â€œIntoxicatedâ€ continues the club feeling, singing about inebriating love and romance.
â€œLa Laâ€ starts with a sing a long of an innocent â€˜ohsâ€™ and turns into a lullaby of lies. The layering of the song is a nice touch, combining the â€˜ohsâ€™ with the vocals and steady drum beat. On with the theme of love, â€œHer Love is my Religionâ€ contains the repetitiveness and spunky synth rhythm to possibly put it on the pop rock charts.
Groovy guitar riffs and intense vocals lead into â€œAnother Me,â€ a tribute to in your face, bitter break ups. The message is loud and clear, as blunt lyrics tell it the way it is and overlapping instrumentals make the track a perfect anthem of moving on.
â€œGrow Up and Be Kidsâ€ is a youthful track with so many elements coming together to create a nostalgic view of childhood. The drums almost sound like big band meets street jam meets the clap dance (we see you, moms). The acoustic ending with the cello is a contrast to the rest of the song, but it fits.
â€œLovesick Foolâ€ is the opposite of â€œAnother Me.â€ Slower instrumentals and sincere vocals make it the typical break up song. However, moving on, â€œLiving Louderâ€ is the refresher track, providing The Cabâ€™s answer to â€œWhatâ€™s on your bucket list?â€ The ending lyric â€œWeâ€™re all soldiers tonightâ€ brings the album full circle, as it ends on mellow â€˜ohsâ€™ and a cymbal tap.
Overall, all of the tracks on the album seem to fit together perfectly and contribute to the tempo transitions throughout. Each element comes together to make â€œSymphony Soldierâ€ a complete piece of punk rock, with a little pop.
Recommended Track: Another Me
1. Angel With A Shotgun
2. Temporary Bliss
7. La La
8. Her Love Is My Religion
9. Another Me
10. Grow Up And Be Kids
11. Lovesick Fool
12. Living Louder