Matchbook Romance by Epitaph / Ada (2006-02-14)
At the start of 2006, the hype was on. "This is the new noise," banner ads promised, and comparisons to Gatsby's American Dream and Muse alike began dropping. The new Matchbook Romance will make you forget what you know about the band, removing them from their rather straight-arrowed pop punk track-record. As soon as "Voices" kicks off, you are immediately prevented from recalling this band did "My Eyes Burn" or "The Greatest Fall."
So is it a worthy re-invention? Absolutely. Satisfying hooks and melodies sway the listener instantly, with dark, brooding melodies on "You Can Run, But We'll Find You"--singer Andrew Jordan couldn't sound any more strikingly different from his "Playing For Keeps" days. And as he croons, "I give up..." in "Surrender," the song's pulsating energy reveals a striking reinvention of the entire band, as well--blazing guitars, hooks, and wonderful vocal memories immediately and consistently erase any previous notions that this band is whiny, or typical.