Life Like An AnchorThe Upset Victory Label: Independent Released: 04.14.17 Review by Alex Bear | April 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM
“I just need a little love I swear / Well I deserve a little love I swear”
The Upset Victory are a seduction you’ll be powerless to resist—and you won’t even want to try. The Cincinnati quintet’s new album Life Like An Anchor skips between playful and introspective, dramatic and laid back; keeping you guessing, and completely enthralled. Its glittering dose of broadway-worthy alt-pop mixed with dance tinged alt-rock is guaranteed to keep your head spinning and your heart racing. So get dressed and tell your mama not to wait up, because this record has all the elements you need (and just a little bit more) for a night to remember.
Setting the bar high with opening single “Don’t Give Up The Night”, the first three songs serve as the shiver of initial attraction, but it’s when standout track “This City” hits that you’ll really fall in love with this record—the pulsing pop synths are powered by huge choruses ready to run through your head for days. The album’s theatricality takes center-stage in songs like “The Other Man”, bringing to mind Panic! At The Disco with its catchy dance-fueled vibes, building slowly up to the spectacular finale of “Pray Tell”. For me though, the stripped back sound of the acoustic-led “Reflections” really takes this record to a whole new level, showing off a more relaxed and light-hearted side to the band.
In case you haven’t guessed it already, The Upset Victory are a whole lot of fun in any style they take on, and Life Like An Anchor is a rush of highs. Whether you’re already a fan or about to become one, this album is the perfect way to start and score a night you’ll never want to end.
Buy it, Stream it, Skip it: Buy it! Start your weekend early by picking up Life Like An Anchor today.