Evan Taubenfeld’s debut solo album, “Welcome to the Blacklist Club” was released worldwide on iTunes yesterday. This album is five years in the making. Evan signed with Warner Brothers in 2005, and through hard work, determination, and perseverance, he finally got his music out to his family (Evan considers all his fans family). The album is only $6.99 and features 10 great songs. In its first 24 hours of release, the album has performed fairly well, climbing as high as #11 on the iTunes pop album chart. It also peaked at #36 on all of iTunes. With the support of his fans, who have helped keep Evan motivated to produce this album, the album will surly climb higher before everything is said and done. Preview the album on Evan’s MySpace then head over to iTunes to purchase the album. If you purchase the album before the end of today (May 19), you can receive some Evan Taubenfeld swag. Check his website for details. Read on for a review of the tracks on “Welcome to the Blacklist Club”.
1. Pumpkin Pie – Pumpkin Pie is the debut single from “Welcome to the Blacklist Club”. Long time fans of Evan Taubenfeld are very familiar with this song. Evan informs those who haven’t heard him before to first check out this song. It talks about the desire to leave behind the days of being a “player” and settling down with a good girl. The new arrangement is somewhat of a change, but works well for the song and blends excellently with the overall sound of the album.
2. Boy Meets Girl – Boy Meets Girl came out early last year as one of the songs on the upcoming album. This song talks about the joys and challenges of being in a relationship with that special someone. Using clever comparisons like, “Jesus Jones and the Rolling Stones in a game of Twister” to describe the relationship of a fictitious boy and girl makes this song endearing. Musically, its very catchy and will leave you humming it long after its over.
3. The Story of Me and You – This song slows down the tempo and produces an emotional telling of the rise, fall, and rise again of a relationship. Evan sings of holding on to the memories of good times past, and using them to rebuild the relationship. The Story of Me and You is definitely one of the more heartfelt songs on the album.
4. Matter of Time – Matter of Time talks about the pursuit of a girl and all the feelings that accompany the quest to get her. Everyone can relate to the intense feelings when seeing someone that really turns your world upside down. Evan expertly captures this enjoyable experience in an upbeat, catchy song.
5. It’s Like That – It’s Like That talks about finding success and living the dream life. Evan comes across as a very confident person and fully believes that he has the potential to become a world famous artist. He often jokes about his music taking over the world. In this song, he talks about how life would be if all of that came true. While this may be one of the weaker songs on the album, it still sounds great. Calling a song weak on this album is like saying vanilla is a weak flavor of ice cream. It’s delicious, but not as exciting as Rocky Road.
6. Razorblade Limeade – This song might be one of the best on the album. Although it doesn’t make the list of songs Evan says someone should listen to if they’ve never heard of him, the Dallas Local Music Examiner feels it showcases some of Evan’s strongest talents. The lyrics are great, emotional, and tell a very relateable story. The music meshes with the lyrics in such a way that both make each other better. Many times songs will have great lyrics, but the music lessens their impact or effectiveness. With Razorblade Limeade, Evan has created what will probably be remembered as one of Welcome to the Blacklist Club’s greatest songs. He showed great decision making in changing up one of the lines from previous versions of the song to make it more marketable without compromising the integrity of the song. If you don’t want to get the whole album, at least buy this song. Highly recommended.
7. Cheater of the Year – This would be the major break-up song on the album. Cheater of the Year talks about the discovery of a girl’s indiscretions. Most pop albums in this vein have some kind of break-up song. Evan finds a humorous, yet firm way to communicate the discovery of a mate’s indiscretions. The song also promotes a positive attitude in moving past the relationship and on to the potential of better things.
8. Evan Way – Hands down, this is the most emotional song on the album. It talks about very serious issues in a sincere way. It’s nice to see Evan including such a serious song with the playful tone of the majority of his songs. Listen to this song several times and pay attention. The message is great and definitely makes it one of the better songs on Welcome to the Blacklist Club.
9. Waiting – Waiting is actually an older song by Evan that he decided to change a little and include on Welcome to the Blacklist Club. This song has more of a rock sound then the others on the album. It comes as a nice change of pace. Again, the song focuses on different aspects of two people’s relationship. This seems to be Evan’s strong suit. He finds different ways to capture the varying aspects of relationships and turn them into emotional, meaningful, sometimes high-energy, entertaining songs that stick with you long after listening to the album.
10. Better Than You – Paired with Waiting at the end of the album, these two songs use a slightly heavier rock tone. This song talks about a girl and two guys. In a playful way, Evan describes the reasons why he is better than another guy trying to get the same girl. He ended the album much the same way it began: High-energy, playful, and very entertaining.
While Evan Taubenfeld has an extremely loyal following of devoted fans/family, he needs everyone reading this article to check out his album and purchase it on iTunes. The Dallas Local Music Examiner truly believes he has the potential to be a major player, but needs that lucky break. Making it big in the music industry requires good timing and a whole lot of luck. Do your part and help contribute to the rising success of Evan Taubenfeld. He is the kind of artist who will never compromise his sound, and expresses a sincere appreciation to his followers. Sound off in the comments section about your thoughts on the album.