Picture this....it’s Warped Tour circa 2009...you, and every other person in sight is wearing three year old black vans with the white stripes on the side, you know the classic O.G.s. You just chugged a monster and lit up a cigarette before catching the A Day to Remember set. Life is good.
Well, listening to Second Opinion’s newest album is essentially the same vibe. Nostalgic bliss. Second Opinion is a Belgium based punk rock band influenced by legendary names in punk, such as Sum-41, Rise Against, and State Champs. Second Opinion released their first full length album "Another Day" on February 24th. Formed back in 2014, with an EP in 2016, Second Opinion brings back the sounds we used to love back in the 2010's with a modern twist. Second Opinion started off 2020 by releasing, 'Alone', the first single from their debut album, 'Another Day'. Finding your purpose in life, uncertainty, self-doubt, and mental health are just a few of the main points of the album, topics that the band members are hoping to raise awareness about, and hold close to their hearts.
They weren’t lying when they said they’re bringing back “the sounds we used to love back in the 2010’s with a modern touch.” Any early-2000s punk kid will love this album, no doubt. Truth be told, I cracked a smile after the first few seconds of the first song. The album is packed with classic upbeat, anthem-style tracks with simple, catchy, and relatable lyrics. What I loved about the album is that it really does embrace the classic punk sound that we all fell in love with, encompassing the anthem-style, catchy, tracks. But as the album progresses, you hear it evolve into the modern age sounds that we hear from our favorite bands today, with a heavier, darker, and more refined sound. The album has a great balance of both styles, and I think it’s kind of genius to weave each style into one album. There’s even a ballad thrown in there, that totally gave me, Remembering Sunday or If It Means a Lot to You vibes, and of course, a slightly humorous track referencing Harry Potter. Punk done right...nice work my friends. Overall, the album is done well. If bringing back the early 2000s punk rock vibe is what they were aiming for, they certainly achieved it, while adding their own style into the mix.
Review By: Maddisen V.