Dec 8, 2011Ryan Follese,Jamie Follese,Ian Keaggy and Nash Overstreet are talented musicians that are no strangers to music.They each come fromRyan Follese,Jamie Follese,Ian Keaggy and Nash Overstreet are talented musicians that are no strangers to music.They each come from music-loving households and have all been long-time friends,with some brotherly between lead singer Ryan and drummer Jamie.From the get-go they've been trying to discover a sound that they'll all love to create and that'll work with them.Their first album "Lovesick Electro" bordered more on rock music but the sound presented in "Whatever" leans more towards pop,just as they wanted.They wanted to create a record that you'd love to listen to on a particularly good day or cheer you up on a bad one.You can hear the perfect harmony between instruments and voice come together to create some of the catchiest pop songs you'll hear all year.It'll take the most hardcore cynic to not hum along to tracks like "Tonight Tonight" and "Beautiful Freaks"(my personal favorite).At the end of the day Hot Chelle Rae knows very well that they've created typical,simple pop music which uses as little chords as possible and is all about that catchy hit-making chorus,and they couldn't be happier with themselves.You won't find an incredible amount of originality here,instead what you'll find is incredibly fun pop music,with the occasional more serious song,pumped full of energy emanating from each band member as you realize that they absolutely love what they're doing.Well if they have all this talent then why not use it to create music that actually has longevity to it you may ask?I think their answer would go something like this,It's not like life is full of serious life-defining moments that occur on a regular basis.Sometimes life is about skipping a day at work or school,getting in your car with some freinds,turning up that radio and just yelling "Whatever" !… Collapse
Jan 25, 2012All the songs on this album are very catchy. Ryan Follese has such an amazing voice. Stand out tracks include "I Like It Like That" "WhyAll the songs on this album are very catchy. Ryan Follese has such an amazing voice. Stand out tracks include "I Like It Like That" "Why Don't You Love Me" and "Tonight Tonight."… Expand
Mar 7, 2012Tonight Tonight, Honestly, Whatever, I Like It Like That, and Why don't You Love me are so good, if you didn't listen to his CD yet, I wouldTonight Tonight, Honestly, Whatever, I Like It Like That, and Why don't You Love me are so good, if you didn't listen to his CD yet, I would recommend you get it now! It will keep you upbeat all day long.… Expand
Aug 15, 2012At first (having only heard Tonight Tonight) I thought that Hot Chelle Rae was just a bunch of talentless wannabes posing as a rockAt first (having only heard Tonight Tonight) I thought that Hot Chelle Rae was just a bunch of talentless wannabes posing as a rock band. However, I just heard their 2009 debut album Lovesick Electric & it's actually pretty good, and I discovered that they're not talentless, and were pretty genuine at one point. It's a solid power-pop album that might get some replays out of me in the future. Whatever on the other hand is for the most part a crappy bubblegum-pop blatant sellout of an album. Even on first listen there were only 8/13 songs I didn't absolutely despise, 2 of them being bonus tracks. I must admit that the worst songs on the album come sporadically, mainly appearing at the beginning and near the end. The rest is just mediocre filler with a few exceptions that I'll get into later. Most of the lyrics are either meaningless or just lazily obnoxious in the most annoying way possible. The melodies might be catchy sometimes but usually they have nothing to say, which makes it a waste of a potentially good melody. I almost liked Honestly as a guilty pleasure until I realized just how douchey the lyrics are. Beautiful Freaks is a lazily constructed & pandering "celebrating individuality" song that tries & fails to double as a concert anthem. Downtown Girl has basically the opposite meaning of Queen of the Scene from Lovesick Electric. Whereas QotS was a sardonic look at & criticism of arrogant & entitled girls, DG celebrates it. Why Don't You Love Me sounds good as a power ballad until you realize how needy & whiny the lyrics sound. The title track tries way too hard to relate to its now-target audience of "rebellious" teenage girls. This album sounds so safe, politically correct and "meant for the masses" that it sounds like it was made for Glee, and a member of which happens to be the brother of one of the band members. I doubt that's a coincidence. There's not much emotion, sincerity or artistic integrity to be found here, all of which were present throughout almost all of Lovesick Electric. Now, onto the few positive things I have to say: Keep You with Me could've had less overproduction & blatant autotune (at least in the chorus) but it's a decent ballad in the basic melody & lyrics. Wish it could've been stripped down a little but it gets a passing grade from me. Luckily I did find an acoustic version on YouTube that I prefer over this one. I highly recommend looking it up. Forever Unstoppable actually has a fairly good message, melody & lyrics, and does kinda remind me of Lovesick Electric, despite its very minor cliche tendencies and slight overproduction. Probably my favorite on the standard edition. The Only One is also a highlight, and features some of the most emotional singing on the album. On the deluxe edition, Come Back to California sounds fairly sincere despite the slightly clumsy lyrics (and also in a way because of that) and it's got a nice endearing quality that I can't help but enjoy. It also contains this album's only guitar solo, which is very notable despite its relatively short length. Finally, I Wish has a very good melody but it's slightly held back by its somewhat empty & cliche "breakup" lyrics. Still I like it. Funny how 2 of my favorites here weren't even on the deluxe edition. Kinda reminds me to a lesser extent of when I heard Maroon 5's mediocre sellout album Overexposed & the best track on it was a phenomenal 7-minute blues cover of a Prince song that was left on the deluxe edition. Overall, this is a very mediocre followup by a band that showed a lot of potential on their debut but in the end sold their souls for the almighty dollar. Hopefully they'll snap out of it on their next album but who knows how far away that's gonna be? Favorite tracks: Keep You With Me, Forever Unstoppable, The Only One, Come Back to California, I Wish. Least favorites: I Like It Like That, Tonight Tonight, Whatever, Radio, Downtown Girl, Beautiful Freaks.… Expand
Oct 20, 2012A terrific album! But sadly in both ways, positive and negative. The first three songs and title-giving 'Whatever' actually are eminent partyA terrific album! But sadly in both ways, positive and negative. The first three songs and title-giving 'Whatever' actually are eminent party pop songs! 'Honestly' is one of the best break-up-songs ever! ;D But the other songs are terrible! From the horrible dubstep in 'Beautiful Freaks' to the dreadful feel-good-song 'Forever Unstoppable'. My ears hurt sometime and I really don't freaking unterstand how they can make such good and such bad songs into one single album. My suggestion: Listen to the four songs I mentioned and don't touch the rest - it's very bad.… Expand
Dec 6, 2011Mediocre and bland, lyrics that make no sense overly annoying vocals and untalented musicians, and just straight up lame. this really remindsMediocre and bland, lyrics that make no sense overly annoying vocals and untalented musicians, and just straight up lame. this really reminds me of the Jonas brothers except way lamer and winy stuff.… Expand
Jun 14, 2016This is one of the most annoying, generic, and bland album's I've ever heard.
Their voices are annoying. The stupid boy-band pop soundsThis is one of the most annoying, generic, and bland album's I've ever heard.
Their voices are annoying.
The stupid boy-band pop sounds are terrible
And there isn't any substance to this album.
It sucks BIG TIME.… Expand
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