Released: February 6, 2007
Reviewer: Delaney Seiferling
Letâ€™s be honest: Dear and the Headlights doesnâ€™t roll nicely off the tongue. Neither does the title of their debut album Small Steps, Heavy Hooves. I was still trying to figure out where the cleverness came in for this rock bandâ€™s name when I started listening to the album, and was taken by how familiar and endearing vocalist Ian Metzgerâ€™s voice is.
Metzger sings, yells and talks in the most sincere of manners throughout the album, to up-beat and fast tempo rock songs, and slows down nicely for the slower songs (â€˜Sweet Talk,â€™ â€˜Iâ€™m Bored, Youâ€™re Amorousâ€™). The only variation of his vocals that I didnâ€™t enjoy was his falsetto (â€˜Happy in Loveâ€™) when I thought for a moment I was listening to a whiny Chris Martin. Itâ€™s also nice that his voice is never overpowered by background music.
His vocals would be nothing without the emotional and melodic lyrics, which are pleasant to actually listen to, or just to catch the occasional word of.
Favorite song: The opening â€˜Oh No!,â€™ a slow, winding and warm song featuring laid back guitar and drums. Enough to make you immediately stop wondering about the bandâ€™s nameâ€¦