I’m starting off this review by giving you all a personal story. I don’t get to do this often, but I wanted to give you, the reader, an opportunity to see a glimpse of my personality. One of my blessings and curses in my character is that I have an addictive personality. When I’m into something, I’m all out, full speed ahead. In my life, that is good and that is bad. Some would call it “demons”, therefore I’ve had to cut things out of my life due to my addictive personality. When I get into a band, it’s all in, and that’s how I have felt in my life with Acceptance being the soundtrack to many important moments.
This listening journey with Acceptance started in college. I went to one of those colleges where they’d have one big concert each semester. Student organizations would put it together and you had to get there early to get tickets and to get a good spot. Anyways, the big attraction was Yellowcard! I was a huge fan of their “Ocean Avenue” album, and I was always one to make sure to get there early to support the opening acts. Acceptance was one of the openers(I can’t remember who the other opener was). My jaw hit the floor when they played cuts off of their “Phantoms” album. I bought the CD immediately, and had to buy three copies of it because I wore it out that much. 15 years later, still jamming it on my Spotify. It’s one of my main workout albums. This leads to now when they’ve released their “Wild” EP via Tooth & Nail Records.
Listening to this EP, those feelings of nostalgia came over me like a tidal wave. However, there was tremendous growth and maturity in the album, not to mention the emotions are felt throughout this record. “Midnight” kicks off the “Wild” EP, and it immediately reminds me of an old friend reuniting with you after all these years. You pick up right where you left off with them, you recognize their changes, and you immediately embrace their changes because it’s so sincere. The vocals in “Midnight” are so emotive and the storytelling is so deep in the track. “Son of the City” should be featured on one of those montages that recognizes our first responders during the Coronavirus pandemic. The mood of the track and the emotions felt through the vocals feels like a gut punch to the stomach, yet there is a sense of hope offered in the track. I can’t begin to tell you the beauty of the ambiance/programming in this track. You just have to experience it.
With “Wild”, in the midst of the turmoil that is 2020, Acceptance offers that feeling that everything is going to be okay. Once again, they give people new songs to help people get through these difficult times. Like loyalty, Acceptance is there to let you know that everything is okay. Beautiful beautiful work Acceptance! Check out the track listing below:
- Cold Air
- Son of the City
- Wasted Nights
Check out their music video for “Cold Air” below:
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