If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack has sufficiently confused me. On one hand, what I dislike most about Sleeping With Sirens – Kellin Quinn’s feathery light vocals – is exactly what makes this EP stand out. On the other you’ve got lyrics that can either be interpreted as cheesy and awful, or as incredibly sweet. Take the line “The hardest thing I ever do is say ‘goodbye’ and walk slowly away from you” (“Don’t You Ever Forget About Me”). While my usual cynical self would hear that and say “oh, shut up,” I actually said out loud “aaaaww.” And that’s the story of this EP.
The opener, a reworked version of “James Dean & Audrey Hepburn”, is just a simple stripped down version. And I mean simple. It quickly becomes obvious that Quinn’s vocals are the centerpiece to this release, which ends up working out just fine. “Stomach Tied In Knots” has also been reworked and is probably the strongest of the five tracks. It’s a bit bouncy and is delivered lightheartedly, so it balances out with the slightly more urgent version of “With Ears To See And Eyes To Hear”.
There are also two new songs. The R&B tinged “Roger Rabbit” doesn’t add a whole lot to the EP, and instead feels just a little out of place – though on it’s own it’s an ok track. “Don’t You Ever Forget About Me” is so grossly sappy, but at the same time it’s the most uptempo of the five tracks so it’s difficult not to get sucked in. I haven’t found a link to anywhere you stream the songs except YouTube, so here’s the link to the first track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71SvPulAyZI&feature=player_embedded
RIYL: Never Shout Never, The Maine, The Summer Set
1. James Dean & Audrey Hepburn
2. Roger Rabbit
3. Stomach Tied In Knots
4. Don’t You Ever Forget About Me
5. With Ears To See And Eyes To Hear