Ronnie Day – The Album

Ronnie Day
The Album

Ronnie Day, a name given to him by his fans, has brought to those same eager people his sophomore release and first album with The Militia Group. This is Day’s first studio album after his debut, which he wrote, played and produced in his bedroom. Given that he took a name after a request given to those who loved his music and his press release says more about his fans than the music itself then I suppose I shall I take a moment to reflect on the large amount of fans his promoter is boasting about on his myspace website. With one quick glance at the friends list, it is pretty obvious that this easy-on-the-eyes, 18-year-old singer-songwriter has an overwhelming fan base of girls. Teenage girls. Why is this important? Well, if I told you about a singer-songwriter whose music appealed mainly to teenage girls wouldn’t you jump to a conclusion about the sound of said music?

With a listen to album-opener “Half Moon Bay,” it’s immediately obvious that Day has a knack for creating near-perfect teenage pop songs filled to the brim with heartfelt lyrics. This is about as radio-friendly as it gets. I’m sure he’ll likely appear on a future O.C. soundtrack compilation. The only trouble is finding which song to pick because nearly every track sounds like it was written for such a thing. There is little to complain about here. The singing is done well, the music is played beautifully, and the lyrics are well thought out. The Album characterizes the emotions and ups and downs of life as a teen. Through moments of happiness all the way through the sadness of a rough breakup, Day puts his heart and soul into the lyrics that fill all 16 tracks.

Songs like “Lived Learned Loved Lost” show the signs of the breakup that fueled the emotionally charged album with lyrics like, “Who’s this guy and why’s he with my girl?/ Was I gone a little longer than you thought I’d be/ Did your lips get cold?” This piano-based song shows the depth of the artist with a hint of alt country influences and emotional outbursts. This is something that rings through nearly the entire album as each song packs a pop punch just as strong as the next one.

The album closed with “Past Through,” a song that sees the artist beginning to move past the heartache of losing his first love but still showing signs of being deeply hurt. Backed by layers of piano and strings, the song hints at where Ronnie Day could go as an artist. Today he is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has a knack for writing near-perfect pop songs. However, his songs and approach remain a little young for my personal taste and while he may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I’m willing to bet there are many young girls just dying to get their hand on his music, just as soon as they hear of its existence.