Set for release tomorrow (Friday 22nd September), Gossip is the fifth album from Florida’s Sleeping With Sirens. The opening track takes its name from the album title, and sounds much more poppy than fans are used to. The pop punk aspect of Sleeping With Sirens that listeners are used to comes in at Empire to Ashes, however the overriding sound feels more mainstream pop to the listener, particularly during the verses. This follows to Legends, which also incorporates some mild dance themes.
Use of syncopation in Trouble makes the listener want to dance, however the overuse of effects, particularly on the vocals, detract from the overall sound of the track. Sleeping With Sirens do not need to overuse effects, however in places during Gossip there is definitely too much production. This seems to die down in the latter half of the album.
Sleeping With Sirens have moved away from the pop punk, post-hardcore music for which they are most well known. Tracks such as One Man Army and Gossip are a far cry from If I’m James Dean, Then You’re Audrey Hepburn. Indie themes come into play at Cheers, and this is the catchiest track on the album. Cheers was the second single to be released from Gossip, the first being Legends.
Closer reminds the listener of old Yellowcard and Mayday Parade, from the simplicity of the chord structure and the summery lyrics. This theme flows into Hole In My Heart, while introducing the heavier guitars which fans will be used to. Juxtaposing this however is I Need To Know, which begins with clean electric guitar chords, which was also used in Grayscale‘s cover of Love Yourself. However the clean guitar melts into drums and piano, before an acoustic guitar makes an appearance. Immediately after heavier guitars come into play again in The Chase, taking the pop punk genre again.
War is the final track on the album, giving the feel of marching from the drums and guitar. The track is not similar to any other on Gossip, and stands out for this reason. It’s a much deeper song than Sleeping With Sirens have attempted before and it works really well, both musically and lyrically.
Overall, Gossip shows that Sleeping With Sirens have attempted something more mainstream, but have lost some of their authenticity in the process. The best tracks on the album are easily Cheers and War, as they sound the most original and the least processed.