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Album Review: Wave One - Cody Simpson & The Tide

Updated on April 9, 2018

It happened to the Jonas Brother, Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus. By ‘it’ I mean the break away from child musician to that of a respected musician. We got some good music from the afore mentioned group, now Cody Simpson can be added to the list. He has dropped his childish pop numbers that made him popular with the young female population and replaced them with his much more mature blusey, jazzy, rock-pop music with his first EP coming with his new band the Tide. The trio recently released Wave One to the public. They still contain the warm beach themes, but they are less childish. The music now has a deeper meaning to it. The opening song ‘Waiting for the Tide’ plays like a single in the same vein as Jack Johnson’s earlier releases. Delivering a message of about how a person can’t just sit by for an event to occur. They need to go out and get it. This is a much more adult theme than previous releases by Cody Simpson as a solo pop artist. ‘Sun Go Down’ has a lot of musical similarity to Blink-182, but then takes a more poppy route after the intro, reminiscent of Paramore. Lyrically, it delivers a message about people falling in love and how love is something that everyone wants, but it only takes a moment to truly fall for someone. ‘Tell Me Why’ is a very fast paced, but original song that has a more rhythmic catch to it. The song has some quick lyrics that feel like it was heavily influenced by a more hip-hop styling. It speaks about taking the moment. It’s kind of a call to action for people to quit just sitting around. The Tide is really telling people to not let their life be in vein. They want people to go out and live a life worth remembering. ‘Ramona’ is a great punk feeling song with fun anthem lyrics. This is the worst song as far as having a deeper meaning, but it does some interesting things musically by starting out really fast paced then slowing to a fun little ditty. The band is showing that they’re less of a child focused group and are now making music with deeper meanings. The EP makes me extremely excited for what’s in store with Wave Two.

4 out of 5 Stars

© 2018 Josh Whitworth

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