Underrated album of 2006
In a small venue in Poplar Bluff, MO, the band that had come all the way from North Carolina, Rookie of the Year, would absolutely blow my mind with their set. The band was touring on their released album, The Goodnight Moon. I instantly felt the difference in this music: the two electric guitars, a bass player, a drummer, and the lead singer playing the acoustic guitar.
It was similar to Day at the Fair that I previously mentioned. However, I don’t even know if they knew each other; the style was similar but more emotional singing, more in-depth use of the acoustic and drawn-out guitar solos that set the tone of this album to be completely different than anything else.
The band would find mainstream success on their follow-up, a more pop-driven album that would be released a few years later. Still, this one would live on, and I consider this one of the most underrated albums not only of this period but one of the most underrated albums of any.
Some notable songs on here include “Poison Like Your Own,” “Liars and Battlelines,” and my favorite, “The Blue Roses.” There are so many good songs on this album. The band has made a resurgence and has new music launching any time soon.