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It was with its 2012 EP That Old Feeling that A Rocket to the Moon hinted at a musical shift. With trace elements of its glossy emo-pop in the rearview mirror, the band drove its sound toward the twangy guitars of Nashville. Its 2013 sophomore album, Wild & Free, further realizes this change from boyish bedroom anthems to matured songwriting enveloped in a rootsy tones. “Going Out” opens with lazy pedal steel sliding over acoustic guitars that blend together like a Keith Urban tune. Frontman Nick Santino presents this genre metamorphosis quite well. Rather than affect a Southern drawl, he sings like he always has—but with a noticeable emphasis on vocal harmonies during the band's signature panoramic choruses. Santino and band handle the following ballad “First Kiss” like Music City veterans. A warm and classic country-rock sound is nicely balanced here against razor-honed pop hooks and a soaring refrain. The production is crisp and pristine without sounding overdone. The deluxe version boasts two acoustic songs and “Call It All Home,” a tune that recalls the band's wide-eyed beginnings.

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I don't blame ARTTM for wanting to change up their music a little bit, because let's face it, Pop-Rock is STALE. But I think Country-type music wasn't a very good choice, in my opinion. I know they're from the south so they're just channeling their regions music, but I feel kind of alienated since I hate Country music. Overall, I'm kind of disappointed, nearly every Pop-Rock band that came out with a new Album recently hasn't been able to love up to their old albums. (All Time Low, I'm looking at you..) I was hoping ARTTM would break the trend and give us something really special, but alas, it's another every song sounds the same, boring, country album.

Too country

Too much country influence on this. Love old ARTTM.

all grown up

The country direction doesn't bother me at all, because I realize that this is them growing up and progressing. The lyrics are meaningful and the music is great. I'm proud of them.


Formed: 2006 in Braintree, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Rooted in the tradition of late-'90s alternative rock and the pop-influenced sounds of emocore, A Rocket to the Moon were formed in 2006 in Braintree, Massachusetts. Essentially the brainchild of Nick Santino, the group started off as a solo project, with Santino handling all the instruments himself and functioning as a one-man band for two years. After releasing a pair of independent records, Santino signed with Fueled by Ramen and began touring with the label's roster of emo-pop bands; he also...
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