* This is a guest review by Matt Zeigler
Remember that point where you realized you weren't a kid anymore? Not the middle school post-puberty one, the twenty-something one, when you realized you were an adult, but then also realized you totally weren't an adult yet and everything might be... well, not alright? "Talon of the Hawk" is an entire album of that feeling.
Telling a significant other "au revoir, you probably don't even know what that means," because it technically means you'll meet again but no, they don't get it (or you). Feeling like a skeleton, naked and exposed, and then getting so stoned you accidentally fall asleep in the front seat of your car. Dreaming that there is someone out there in the world who totally gets you, you know, someone "just like me," only to realize they're also "probably keeping to themselves" and will inevitably never find you.
This is an album of those feelings, and these examples are literally just the first three songs. It's heartfelt. It's New Jersey. It's punky-folk with butterflies in its stomach and cheap beer on its breath. The Front Bottoms struck gold a handful of times, but this album always breaks my heart in all the right ways. If any of this appeals to you, give it some time, let it grow on you, and sing along when you need it.
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Release date: May 21, 2013
Similar artist(s): Modern Baseball, AJJ, The Mountain Goats
Top tracks: Au Revoir (Adios), Swear to God the Devil Made Me Do It