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The Composure – Strings Attached

When members of one band start a side-project, it’s very hard not to start comparing the two of them. It becomes even harder when the side-project’s sound is not all that different from its members’ main activity. Such is the case with The Composure, whose Paul Menotiades and Cory Muro are also part of Punchline. To make the link between both acts even stronger, they chose to release “Strings Attached” on Modern Short Stories, Punchline bandmates Steve Soboslai and Chris Fafalios’ label.

So is this basically another Punchline album? Well no, the songs on “Strings Attached” tend to stay within the mid-tempo range, touches of keyboard further embellish most of the songs and they put the emphasis on the first part of the word pop-punk. Oh, and the lyrics all seem to deal with girls.

What The Composure do have in common with Punchline are the ridiculously catchy and slick songs. While I don’t think that all the Punchline fans will automatically like The Composure (it is very sugary at times), there will definitely be a lot of other people who will like “Strings Attached”.
Score: 7 out of 10

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