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Album Review

The Ready Set's third album, I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love, charts another step in Jordan Witzigreuter's progression away from emo pop toward a sound that mostly does away with the emo portion of the equation. He's fully embraced electronics to the point where guitars are almost fully excluded, coming off at times like a Hot Topic version of Panda Bear, if Panda Bear was a secret fan of mainstream radio pop. There's nothing on the album that would feel out of place on a song by any number of artists chasing the top of the charts, from the bubbling beats to the sunny outlook. Witzigreuter succeeds at the game by being twice as hooky as other wannabes. His innocent and elastic boy-band-next-door vocals match the carefully crafted arrangements like they were meant to be 2gether 4ever, his lyrics touch on pain, but in a harmless, easy to swallow fashion, and the sleek production goes down smooth but never sounds plastic. Songs like the title track or "Swim" are instantly memorable; others like "Fire in the Sky" and "Run with Me" have a winning, yearning quality, and even the songs that don't stick right away still sound good. The record is loaded with the kind of catchy, simple to digest, feel-good pop that has sounded good since the beginning of recorded music. I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love is the the Ready Set's most impressively Pop record yet and shows Witzigreuter is well on his way to become a hidden master of the form.

Customer Reviews

Catchy af

I've been listening to he ready set since love like woah, and I'm really impressed as he continues to evolve with his music. He's still staying true to himself while evolving with the music genres today. Awesome!

Good, Not Great

The Ready Set produced this album almost exclusively by himself, which is a likely explanation why his writing seems to take a step backwards from the work he did on The Bad & the Better. The album in general is good... But it feels too sweet. It's good, but at the same time kind of gives you a stomach ache. The first track on this album is called Disappearing act. It is an enjoyable song, but I find that I get sick of it very quickly. Being Afraid is a song that I was not fond of on my first listen, but slowly grew on me to become one of my favorite songs on the album. Good Enough was just that. The vocals and the instrumental are enjoyable, but the writing seems to pull this song down. However this is still a good song and ode if the better ones on the album. I first heard Concrete on a live acoustic video on YouTube and I absolutely loved it. But, the official version of it is just plain weird. Still not awful, just not that good. This brings us to the title track I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love. This is easily the best track of the album and has an addictive hood which hasn't grown old on me yet. Run With Me was my favorite song on the album on my first listen, but has slowly slipped down to hardly better than Concrete. The main problem with this song is the chorus and how high he sings it. It doesn't add anything to the song. Should We Go Downtown offers a refreshing break from the toothache of the first half of the album. The song comes off a little bit quirky, but is still enjoyable for a filler song. Swim is another song with high potential that gets dragged down by its lyrics. I just have a very hard time connecting to this song at all no matter how good the actual music is. No Love is an awkward attempt to break down the genre wall between bubbly pop and roots reggae. The song isn't awful and it certainly benefits from the guest appearance from Ansley Newman, but the whole thing comes out kinda awkward. First is the try hard dance song that Jordan seems to insist on placing in his albums recently. It's not that it's a bad song, it's that it sounds like it could have been so much better. I like the song, I just think that Jordan could have done with a little help writing this record. Fire In The Sky has the same problem as Run With Me in that the chorus brings down the whole song. It is easily the worst song on the album. See You is so so. The whole thing feels a little bit pushed, however it doesn't come off that bad so I don't really have a problem with the slow song at the end.

High Points: I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love, Good Enough, Being Afraid

Low Points: Fire in the Sky, Concrete, Run With Me (sorta)

3.5/5

Amazing Songs❤️

I've been a ready set fan for about a good 3 years and I have to say I love the new album💕 you can really tell
when someone really works hard to create a masterpiece, keep up the great work Jordan 👍🏻❤️

Biography

Born: 2003 in Fort Wayne, IN

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Starting in 2007, Indiana teenager Jordan Witzigreuter began retreating to his parents' basement to record songs that straddled the border between melodic emo-pop and bubbly electronica. Although he adopted a name for the project -- the Ready Set -- Witzigreuter took a solo approach to the songs, which he recorded and performed entirely by himself. Within two years, he'd landed a contract with Decaydance Records, who paired him up with a number of veteran emo producers (including Zack Odom, Kenneth...
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I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love, The Ready Set
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock
  • Released: Apr 08, 2016

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