Brooklyn-based artists Jukebox the Ghost have just released their third album titled Safe Travels! The piano pop trio creates an infectious sound that is catchy as hell. Pianist Ben Thornewill, guitarist Tommy Seigel, and drummer Jesse Kristin met in college and have been playing for almost a decade; they have been on tour with the likes of Ben Folds and Jack’s Mannequin, and have gained quiet a momentum as of late.
The first single off their album, “Somebody,” is a pop ballad that is light and peppy. With clever hooks and a bouncy piano, the song gives a feel-good vibe that grabs your attention. The lyrics reflect the opposite though, as it centers around a man who doesn’t trust love anymore because it is too painful. Thornewill sings, “I don’t want anymore heartbreak / I’m tired of the sound it makes / Like trying to shut out the dark at night / you close your eyes but it won’t erase.” But other than the lyrics, the piano, falsetto chorus and a jamming guitar make the song perfect for (happier) summer days.
As a whole, the album is good, but I don’t want to say great. They get pretty close, but there seems to be a little something in each song that either needs to be added or be taken away. While I do believe they have the potential and talent to become mainstream (just listen to the other two albums), they have taken a strong step in the right direction, but still have some room to grow.