Album Review: Frank Iero and The Future Violents - Barriers

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When the announcement of My Chemical Romance reuniting happened earlier this year, it nearly broke the internet. The band’s name was trending across social platforms, they found their way back to the Billboard charts, and everyone and their brother seemed to be running “Top 10 Lists” on the band’s best songs, key performances, etc. So, where in all the hubbub does that announcement leave Frank Iero and The Future Violents wonderful album Barriers, which released earlier this year? Iero, who made his name as the guitarist for MCR, has been putting out solo albums since their demise and reinventing himself with each effort – something he does again with Barriers. The album opens with the slower paced “A New Day’s Coming” and introduces us to a mid-1960’s vibe that sits somewhere between the obscure album cuts of Brain Wilson and the Beach Boys and the non-pop infused, artistic side of Rivers Cuomo and Weezer; a sound that is re-explored later on the album with “The Unfortunate,” “Great Party,” and the piano-driven “Ode To Destruction.” “Young & Doomed,” the song toted as the lead single of the album, turns up the energy as it pulls you into a traditional UK punk vibe that smashes together with a sound reminiscent of the deeper cuts from The Cure; something you’ll also discover on “No Love” and “Moto-Pop.” Though you’ll certainly hear some common threads between the songs, there’s also vast differences within each. These differences often make Barriers carry an all over the place feel, however, there’s beauty in an unbalanced chaos that only a smart musician and songwriter has the ability to somehow pull together and still make gel cohesively – this is what Frank Iero has done!

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