Aer - The Bright Side

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"The Bright Side" is Aer's carefree fun debut album dedicated to the highlights of younger adulthood.

One of latest viral sensations amongst suburbanites and the college circuit is Aer, a duo aiming to rule the summer with a sound that attempts new ground combining Rap and the familiarity of acoustic Pop. Arriving on the heels of the flirty courting anthem "Like The Way" and the egotistical "Floats My Boat," The Bright Side is Aer's carefree fun debut album dedicated to the highlights of younger adulthood.

The Bright Side
is a play on words, as David von Mering and Carter Schultz hail from Brighton, Massachusetts making music that takes a lighthearted approach to life. Most comparable to the relaxed routine of LFO alongside a slight nod to Sublime's Reggae leanings, Aer appeals to frat houses and other places associated with kids living on easy street. As their sensibilities ensure a wide audience, "Go" proclaims, "Mathletes, track meets, artsy girls all bumping this song/Fuck your clique, if you think this shit wont stick you happen to be wrong." The mellow vibe of "Medina" and the homage to Reggae on "It's A New Day" evidently accompany the topic material of "If You Want (Trees)" (as the group likens themselves to small time drug dealers) and the jubilant "Huh? What? Why you gotta ruin my buzz?" chant of "Kush In My Pockets."

While overall a reminder of less worries that come with youth, Aer's rare earnest moments like "On The Low" are hard to take serious due to a lack of originality, repetitive melodies, and untrained singing that can be overlooked in factoring their broad demographic. Any debate on whether or not they contribute substance is overshadowed by a present frenzy, as The Bright Side is packed with feel good vibes that could possibly find the laid back David and Carter giving voices to campus students from all over this Fall.

8 Comments

  • Nathan henson

    I liked it! Bumpin right now~!

  • Weston El

    Honestly, fuck the end of your review, you were simply looking for something to criticize negatively. The fact that there is "untrained" singing is way cooler than "trained pop singing" that is a manufactured sound. People can criticize Bob Dylan for his own style of singing, but at the end of the day, its better than listening to generic and boring Carrie Underwood or Enrique Iglesias "trained" vocals. These guys are great because they have their own sound, you should be celebrating them for that. And to one of the other comments, who's to say even albums that are "considered classics" are perfect? There is no such thing as perfection because everything is subjective. You must learn that.

  • Anonymous

    Great chill music

  • REYNOLDS

    little to poppy but not bad not bad..

  • REDNMEF

    I"m not usually one to criticize critics (everyone is titled to their opinion), but your saying that this is 1 & 1/2 stars away from perfection? Because that's what a 5/5 is supposed to mean...absolute perfection that transcends the style of music to take its place amongst the pantheon of great music albums. And this is close to that?

  • F.T.

    DX is handing out 3.5's like pamphlets on a street corner again...