Written By: Michelle Doering
Originality: (4.5 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (5.0 / 5) Lyrics: (4.5 / 5) Production: (5.0 / 5) Average: (4.8 / 5)
Boy Radio’s Neon Romance is an absolute slam dunk for me. It’s got timeless 80’s throwback vibes, smooth and enchanting vocals, stellar harmonies, and sick beats. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, this fun electro-pop album with hip-hop influences will transport you straight to the most popping of night clubs.
It’s no secret that I listen to a lot of different types of music, and most of it I enjoy, but it’s always a very special moment when I am introduced to a new artist/album that just quiets all the analytical thoughts swarming through my brain and allows me to live in the moment and simply enjoy the music. Neon Romance gave me that and so much more. Plain and simple, it’s just good. There really isn’t anything to pick apart or worry about. It’s so easy to get lost in these songs.
This is also the kind of album where the songs all blend into each other, thus providing a cohesive and transformative listening experience. There is even a moment at the end of the song “Bad Man” where he breaks the fourth wall to tell you he’s doing so, which I thought was a nice touch.
Moving into some standout songs, my favorite would have to be “Plastic Bag.” This one is just so fun and infectious; it makes me really want to laugh and clap my hands and run across the dance floor hand in hand with someone I love. I also adore the arrangement on this one. It’s like he’s invoking the heart and spirit of every single member of Pentatonix. It’s positive, upbeat, and pop-y with just a hint of relevant societal commentary. It’s a really good time.
I also really enjoyed “Classy Artsy,” a pulse pounding track with great vocal distortion and lyrics that sound like anything you’d hear on the radio, but way better.
Then we have “Pie” (feat. Blu Mystic) which is very laid back, but also manic. It’s almost like a fever dream, which is very fitting of the sexual fantasy overtones. I also really dig the repetition of the line “I could just eat you up.” I’d say it’s a pretty effective hook as it keeps getting stuck in my head.
Finally, I’d like to highlight the song “Golden Boy.” This one’s smooth and stripped down with a strong beat you can get lost in. It’s a perfect song to wind down the album and send listeners away with a full and satiated feeling. Not to mention the great vocal performance; it was definitely giving me Boyz II Men vibes.
This is definitely some indie music that could easily become mainstream, and y’all know I’m already aboard that hype train. If you’re looking to get your groove on, you should be too. I promise you won’t be disappointed!