Lost At Seventeen is the second album of the punk rock / pop punk/ garage rock band, Emily's Army. I started listening to this band in 2011 when they released their first album Don't Be A Dick and the more i listened to the record, the more i liked it. And that's also the case for Lost At Seventeen.
First of all, the album debut song, "Part Time Bum", has got really rock n roll vibes with an awesome solo, that song surprised me at first, we can really hear that the band has grown up and asserts its style. The lyrics are really nice and traduse perfectly the way i can feel sometimes about other people in my school.
"Jamie" is a cool old school kinda punk rock song.
"Gu¨bermensch" is really catchy, smart lyrics, and with surprising harmonica's parts which fit very well with the song.
"Avenue" expresses the nostalgia of childhood and the entrance into adult life, i think that many teenagers can relate to that feelings.
About "I Am The President", it's good to see that teenagers can have political awarness and are not afraid to give their opinions. But in my opinion this song would have been perfect in number 4, just after Gubermensch.
"The Kids Just Wanna Dance" is a pretty good punk n roll cover.
"Pathetic And In Love" is a really sweet love song.
"On The Roof" has got, surprising at first but awesome, country guitars parts, the lyrics are pretty good, the kind of lyrics that i can write sometimes myself as a musician. The melody of " I wanna sit on the roof with you" was stuck in my head for hours.
Frome there, every songs has a guitar solo, but sometimes a simple song is much better than a song which got to much arrangements. And that's what happens on "The Rescuers", the overflow of not really good guitars' solos which don't really fit with the song ruined pretty much the entire song. And we also wonder why there's a "i'm lost and alone someone pick up the phone" before the break. It's a shame, without that the song would have been perfect, maybe one of the best. The live version of that song that Emily's Army have post on youtube in 2012 is so much better.
On the contrary "War" is a perfect song, again really smart and well-said lyrics. It's like a country punk n roll song. Just like " 18 years", on that one you can really feel the strong emotions in the voice.
"Rain" is more that an awesome song. It traduses the melancholy and sadness that i often feel( again, one song that i could have write myself on my bad days ). It's loud and catchy, you can definitely hear the same melody as " Steady As The Beating Drum" from "Pocahontas" on the verses; that echoes a bit the title, it's like " i'm already 17 but who cares, i still love walt disneys". I don't have a favorite song on "Lost At Seventeen" but my favorite moment of the record is when the singer screams "back home" at 2:53,it's like the pressure and tension accumulate throughout the song just explode at this precise moment, simply wonderful.
"If Our Music Plays Again" is a song to calm down after "Rain" with pretty sweet lyrics.
The lyrics of "Elephant" exprime how teenagers can feel, i can easily relate to that one too.
"Digital Drugs", awesome saxophone parts, again, a big suprise but i'm not disappointed at all. The lyrics are so true.
"Lot At 17" sums up the album.
Then, there's good guitars' and drums' solos but i was a bit disappointed, i expected a little more on the bass, for example amazing intros like on "Strictly For the Birds" or "Asslete" from "Don't Be A Dick".
Before listening to the record i wanted to read the lyrics but i was really disappointed because they were not the cd's booklet ( unfortunately there were only band pictures on it, and i wasn't gonna judge the record on their faces). So i had to read the lyrics online, after that i was able to say who wrote which song for almost every song. This is good because it means that both of the writers/singers of Emily's Army have their own style. Having two singers/songwriters is really an advantage for the band. On "Lost At Seventeen" Emily's Army have really assumed, explicit and used their various musical influences for the best.
Well, i live too far away but i'd like to hear how is the record in live. Anyway, this is really good second album, catchy, full of surprises and easy to relate to when you're seventeen, just like me.