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Favorite Fix
Artist Vs. Poet- Favorite Fix
Texas band creates solid, catchy debut effort
Name: "Favorite Fix"
Label: Fearless Records
Release Date: March 2, 2010
My rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review written by: Amy Walker
Texas is home to some very well known bands in todays scene, such as Forever The Sickest Kids, The Rocket Summer, and many more. In the summer of 2008, Artist Vs Poet signed to Fearless Records and released their self titled EP in November 08. They spent all of 2009 on tour with bands like Sing It Loud, Valencia, Forever The Sickest Kids, and even Jeffree Star, and when they weren't touring, they were in the studio recording a digital EP released in December 09. What's even better than the EP is the full length they released on March 2, 2010."

The album starts with the song "Car Crash" and it instantly drew me in. Part of the extremely catchy chorus says, "It took a car crash to turn it around. I've figured it out, that I don't have it down. I gotta get my feet back on the ground." It's about living your life in a way that isn't beneficial to you. It may be causing more harm than good, and it takes something drastic to make you realize that you need to make some changes and turn your life around.

Following "Car Crash" is "Adorable." This song falls right into the category of relationships, only this song is about being completely head over heals for someone who treats your horribly, and you can't help but love it. It seems like this is a very easily relatable song. Tarcy does an excellent job of expanding his vocal horizons and hitting some higher notes in the chorus.

While we're on the topic of relationships, "Miserably Loving You", "He's Just Not Me", and "Alive" all focus on the aftermath. "Alive" is the slow song on the album, about the feeling you get when you find out you're being cheated on. The first verse says, "You drove in town to see me, but you turned into a messenger. Oh, with news I never thought would hit my ears. It's now numbing me inside. Numbing me from this life, and I want so badly to disappear." "He's Just Not Me" is about breaking up with a girl, but still being in love with her. She moved on and has a new partner who gives her everything she wants, but "what we had was free." It's basically saying that the new guy can't give her the love that he can. "Miserably Loving You" speaks of trying to save any good part of a relationship after it had ended.

Each song on the album obviously has a story behind it. It's great to see that this entire album isn't filled with songs about failing relationships and being in love, but other things that the members have gone through. For instance, "Unconscious Reality" is about having many sleeping problems and coping with them. So many people are incapable of falling asleep at night and sometimes go days without sleeping. Some people rely on medication to help them sleep. This song is about that. There's also "Damn Rough Night" about turning 21. Everyone has their own story from when they turned 21, and if they haven't turned 21 yet, there will be a story. This is the story of many, waking up in the morning and not remembering what happened the night before.

The album's title track is, as the title suggests, a song about addiction, which is a very relatable topic for many people. It's saying how, even though you know something is bad for you, it doesn't keep you from coming back for more. "Broke But Not Broken" may be considered the follow up to "Favorite Fix." It's about realizing that the addiction is controlling you and ruining your life. It's about looking at yourself, and seeing how bad things have become, but not being able to break the addiction.

The album ends with the song "Giving Yourself Away." While this song was written about a relationship, it doesn't necessarily have to be viewed that way. It's about a girl who's been hurt in the past and is afraid to let go and take another chance. It could be viewed any way though. Part of the song says "How do we know when it's alright to take the jump and not look back. We may never know. That's what makes this life worth living. Taking chances, loving, giving yourself away." You can't go your entire life wondering if something could have been different. You just have to take a chance. You'll never know unless you try. Of all the songs on the album, this one is definitely the best one to put at the end.

If you are a fan of Artist Vs Poet's self titled EP, you'll love Favorite Fix. Nearly every song on the album had me wanting to move along with the beat. It's a quality pop album, and it's definitely worth giving a listen.
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