Pull down the sun roof to your car, add a little bit of lime and ice to your drink- The Great American Novel has released another excellent summery album, Kissing. From the first second the opening song (Sleeping Alone) comes on, you can’t help but smile and get addicted to its great vibe. Kissing is one of those fantastic albums that seamlessly encompasses many different tunes and types of sounds within it’s 35 minute duration. Yet, when listening to it in completion, there is a certain sense of finality about it. It transitions from one song in such a way that it brings you along for the top-down, music-blasting road trip right along with it. It screams non-stop summer, yet each song has something different to bring.
If I could suggest anything, it would be to sit down in the sun and listen to it in order from start to finish. At first listen, you might be thrown off a bit by the tone of the vocals, but the album grows on you, becoming a great summer companion.
Eighth track (Are You Sure You Don’t Wanna Hang Out) adds an excellent unexpected British-Punk tune, but is followed closely by a song that helps crescendo the album to it’s close - energetic tenth track (Layne Montgomery is Bad at Girls) has some awesome work in it.
This album is stock full of fun riffs, catchy tunes, lots of summer anthems, and no doubt after listening to it you’ll agree that The Great American Novel is the most fun you’ve had in a long time, too.