What do you get when you blend angst, catchy hooks and pop-punk beats? You get Sparks The Rescue’s latest release, Worst Thing I’ve Been Cursed With. The first half of the album seems a bit bipolar, as far as overall feel of the songs. “Saturday Skin” and “The Weirdest Way” seem to favor more in the I love you direction, whereas “She’s A Bitch, And I’m A Fool” and “Worst Thing I’ve Been Cursed With” contrast the feel of the other songs. With “High And Hazy” one could interpret that there is a slight sense of desperation for someone who doesn’t share the same romantic feelings. As far as the first half of Worst Thing I’ve Been Cursed With, that title track has landed itself on my favorite track list.
The second half of the album starts off with loud instrumentals with potential shock value about what one would consider their better half. Although, “Postcard Of A Tidal Wave” keeps with the general upbeat feel of the release, it doesn’t really stick out and sort of blends into the background of the album. Switching up both the vocal and instrumental style, “Vanities” seems to bring a mature quality to the overall young release. “Holiday” switches gears and provides a light, summery feel to the release and “60 Minutes Of Fame” brings back the heavier instrumentals evident at the beginning of the record. Bringing down the mood, “How To Make A Heart Hollow” is the saddest cut on this release but provides Alex Roy with one of his strongest vocal performances on Worst Thing I’ve Been Cursed With. And closing out the composition, “Thought You Were The One” gives the listener another taste of love-driven angst.