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Album Review

From its bright-yellow packaging to the summery pop/rock songs within, Sunshine State of Mind is a tribute to We the Kings’ home state, sort of like the Floridian equivalent of the Academy Is’ Fast Times at Barrington High. “Say You Like Me” flirts with reggae rhythms, “Every Single Dollar” puts a Warped Tour spin on 1950s rock & roll, and “Friday Is Forever” barrels forward with a sunny, epic sweep, its melody elevated by vocal harmonies and overdubbed strings. The lyrics fall into the same prepackaged categories as previous albums — either the girl’s leaving the boy or the boy’s leaving the girl, both of which are described with the sort of literary semi-prowess you’d find in a high-school lit mag — and they’re filled with plenty of wordless syllables (whoa, oh, oooh being the most frequent) to maximize their singalong potential. The ballads don’t carry nearly as much heft as the faster songs, even with the added benefit of S*A*M & Sluggo’s high-sheen production, but We the Kings have never been concerned with heft anyway. Sunshine State of Mind is a lightweight, breezy album, with just enough melodic mass to keep its songs from floating out of listeners’ heads and into the ether.

Customer Reviews

What happened?

They used to be really good, I loved their first album and most of their second, and now they just sound exactly like any other emo band. They have completely lost their old unique style and now it's just crap. Plus, the lyrics are awful compared to how they used to be. This used to be one of my favorite bands and now I'm really disappointed.

wow, this is bad

they were pretty good on their first release, ok on the second, and now they are complete sellouts. there is nothing original or worth hearing on this release. it sounds like all the other cookie cutter bands. many other bands. find your identity and try again. passing on this one.

a whole different feel?

I'm not gonna lie, it's different. This album tends to have a whole different feel from any of their albums. I kinda feel that the track list should have been arranged a little different, but it's good. The more I listen to it, the more I find myself liking it... It's different, but it's different in a good way. If at first you don't like this CD, listen to it a couple of times and it'll grow on you, to the point of liking it! :D Great CD over all!!!


Formed: 2005 in Bradenton, FL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

We the Kings are a melodic emo pop band from Bradenton, Florida, a small Southern town that doubles as the home base for Tropicana orange juice. Friends since childhood (the band's moniker even refers to the name of their junior high school mascot), the four bandmates -- singer/guitarist Travis Clark, guitarist Hunter Thomsen, his brother, bassist Drew Thomsen, and drummer Danny Duncan -- formed the group while attending high school. Under the guidance of manager Bret Disend, they placed a number...
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