Just Surrender: Phoenix

Just Surrender
Phoenix
(Razor & Tie)

With Phoenix, Just Surrender blatantly displays the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ methodology. The band keeps the same tried and true formula although this time around they do take the time to tighten up the screws. What the band does wrong on this record is they kick things off with one of the record’s better cuts with “Through the Night” and follow with a number of songs that could be defined as forgettable (“Crazy” and “Burning Up.”) Just Surrender doesn’t help their cause with their middle-of-the-road sound and add to that the songwriting on this album is very vanilla. Most offerings here are predictable, though they do their best to pepper Phoenix with songs that actually matter (“Jukebox Memoirs” and “Lose Control”). The band does offer up plenty of hooks in their pop punk sound which might have you humming along, but overall the cons outweigh the pros, with the band playing things too close to the vest on Phoenix.