This Cleveland pop group seem to be on the trails of following suit to becoming one of the many successful groups without the need of uber money record labels to break them into the ears of many. With hard work and solid writing skills, this pop group has released another solid album after their debut.
An EP with seven songs, Shortest Day Of The Year is more than enough to continue and satisfy ears. Bears seem to have gone a little further with their song writing this time. The songs on Shortest Day of The Year seem to be a lot more retrospective as well as a lot more fluid and layered in instrumentation. Opener “Those Years” brings Craig’s and Charlie’s vocals together in harmonious solidarity ala The Beach Boys. The short and sweet “Losing My Love” with the lyrics opening “You’ll Always Be With Me” and then ending with a chorus that goes “Losing My Love / I’m Losing My Love” this song that rounds off at 1:07 in all of its beauty is a testament that Bears may have found a deeper subject to lullaby to. “My Pain” the album ender, ends the album just as it begun, solemn and blue underneath the aching piano.
If the Bears’ 2nd album is anything like this EP but even better, I can see them garnering many more fans in the not so distant future.
I’d also like to say that the artwork by Kate Pugsley is quite nice.
MP3: “Those Years”