Sure, the music industry seems to have been overflowing with an influx of boy bands/boy groups. However, here’s one that will stand out amongst the rest. Not only because Lawson writes their own music, not only because they can damn well sing, but also because they play their own instruments.
So yes, they deserve all the credibility they can get. We took them so seriously that when their debut album, “Chapman Square” was released, we knew we had to review it. For both the musical style and for the words that literally came from the boys themselves.
Our love for Lawson started out with the song, “Standing In The Dark”. By now, the pop-rock ballad is already a massive single, having garnered over 7 million views on YouTube. If you’ve ever been heartbroken or rejected and yet you don’t really want to whine about it, this song would probably best describe your innermost feelings. First, with the lyrics that goes like:
Gotta leave right away,
Counting cracks along the pavement,
To see you face to face.
Thinking about the conversation,
I know I’m not one to change.
I’ve never wanted nothing more,
But as I walk up to your door,
I’m standing in the dark,
She’s dancing on the table.
I’m looking through the glass,
She’s someone else’s angel.
It may sound stupid that I’m wanting you back,
But I’m wanting you back, girl,
And now I’m standing in the dark.
Then, the music video that quite easily sweeps a person off their feet:
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We know, right?
The next song we couldn’t tear our ears away from is also the very song that charted in the UK charts at #3. And who can blame people for showing so much love for it? “Taking Over Me” is as catchy as they come. The boys also sound more rock-ish in this one which we’re not complaining about. If anything, “Taking Over Me” is refreshing:
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Moving forward, “When She Was Mine” got our full attention – especially when the song started out with nothing but a guitar riff, just going and going until the singing kicks in. And then the drums after. We hear that Lawson frontman, Andy Brown wrote this about Mollie (from “The Saturdays”) when their relationship ended.
Seems like it was supposed to be a sad song about breaking up? But we found it uplifting and with an addictive chorus, no less:
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Your next question would be, “So, should I pick up a copy then?” and to that, our answer is yes. If the question involves Lawson, then it’s always a yes!
Lawson’s “Chapman Square” is available at a music store near you. Alternatively, you could also purchase their album off iTunes here.