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Golden Record

I've been a longtime supporter of The Dangerous Summer and they have been my favorite band for over 4 and a half years. The continually release music that signifies their raw sound and showcases their musical abilities. After Tyler Minsberg and Bryan Czap decided to part ways between the release of War Pain and Golden Record, the band continued strongly and signed two new great members to the band; Matt Kennedy from The Graduate and Ben Cato from 1994. I was excited to see if their sound would change with the new members and it slightly has. Cato performs throughout the record almost identically as if Tyler was still tearing away on the drums. Kennedy had a tough spot to fill, (same with Cato but in a very different way) because Czap always wrote catchy melodies that made The Dangerous Summer who they are. Kennedy's passion and emotion can be found in this album but personally, it doesn't hit as hard as Czap did.

This is my least favorite album I have heard from The Dangerous Summer, but hear me out. It's impossible for me to rank this higher than my favorite album of all time: Reach For the Sun. It will always hold a special spot in my heart. I also absolutely loved War Paint and still to this day cannot stop listening to the album. So (somewhat unfairly) I hold those two albums on pedestal. Golden Record just didn't reach that same peak as War Paint and RFTS.

I've never disliked a TDS song but there are a few songs on the record that I did not find myself enjoying as much as I hoped I would. The one song in particular is "I'm So Pathetic". The chorus just didn't seem right in the song. I found the verses to be great but the chorus just seems to get dark out of nowhere. I can see the comparison between Work in Progress but it just wasn't executed as well.

Some minor things I didn't enjoy were some added vocals in a few songs. Like in Knives, Honesty, and Anchor there is this Rise Against sounding "woah". I thought it was highly unneeded and the songs would have sounded better without it. Honesty is like the "No One's Gonna Need You More" of this album; it will always sound better acoustically.

AJ wrote some beautiful lyrics in this album, which does not surprise me. He has always been a singer that deserves more credit by the way he writes. Anchor is one of the best written songs on the album but I expected it to sound so much different. I think it still works but I was caught off guard and it took sometime to enjoy it.

Overall I do enjoy the album. There are some fantastic songs and ones that I can see myself driving around singing. Hell, I drove for 6 hours this weekend playing this album at full blast and was enjoying it. But it's not their best record. I've seen too many reviews saying "this is their best record". I just can't agree with that. I love this band and always will. This album was good, but I think a few more songs that had a similar vibe to War Paint and Reach for the Sun would have made this album incredible. That's just my opinion.

The Dangerous Summer- Golden Record closes with "We did it". I don't think it could have ended in a stronger way, in terms of how the band has slightly changed and how AJ has started a new life out west with his wife and dog. I'm optimistic for the future.

Amazing :)

Their music is incredible. I've never heard an indie rock band filled with so much emotion. The instrumentation is so well done too.


I really tried to like this album because I've been a fan of this band since they first emerged. I don't know if A.J. is losing his voice, but he seems to push the vocals too far, almost screaming throughout some songs. The drums are lacking as well, the runs seem so scattered and ambiguous their music becomes difficult to enjoy. I can't tell if the band tried to hard, or not enough, I'm left with the impression of an incomplete thought.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The melodic, catchy emo-pop band the Dangerous Summer formed in August 2006 in Ellicott City, MD. Guitarist Cody Payne moved back to town after a brief stint in Florida, recruiting three of his longtime high-school buddies to join his musical endeavors upon his return. Taking their name from the classic Ernest Hemingway novel and looking to groups like the Starting Line, Third Eye Blind, U2, and Name Taken for influence, the Dangerous Summer -- which further included A.J. Perdomo (lead vocals, bass),...
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Golden Record (Deluxe Version), The Dangerous Summer
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