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FOR FANS OF: All Time Low, As It Is, Tonight Alive

■ On the ti­tle-track to May­day Pa­rade’s heartrend­ing sixth LP, singer Derek San­ders begs you to ‘Take me back to Sun­ny­land so I can find the light again’. This vi­sion of wide-eyed op­ti­mism is struck-through with bit­ter­sweet, in­tru­sive adult­hood, as the Day-glo ve­neer be­gins to fade, with rustier shades of melan­cho­lia clearly show­ing through as the al­bum goes on. It’s ev­i­dent in ev­ery­thing here, from the un­der­stated art­work, to the play­ful, pes­simism flow­ing through songs like It’s Hard To Be Re­li­gious When Cer­tain Peo­ple Are Never In­cin­er­ated By Bolts Of Light­ning (named after a quote by Calvin And Hobbes’ cre­ator Bill Wat­ter­son). There’s beauty in the fade, though, as the swirling ‘Woah-oh’s of Piece Of Your Heart, and Take My Breath Away’s down­trod­den acous­tic gui­tars prickle the goose­bumps. And when the old-fash­ioned mega-cho­ruses and swelling emo­tions do ar­rive – like on Looks Red, Tastes Blue – May­day Pa­rade shine brighter for it. SAM LAW

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