These Hearts Yours to Take

These Hearts Yours to Take
5
You can learn a great deal about someone from the company they keep. A prime example of this is These Hearts' Yours To Take, which boasts guest spots from Bert Poncet (Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!) and Mattie Montgomery (For Today). Their appearance gives a pretty good indication of how the album sounds. The pop-punk/easycore of Chunk! is placed against the metalcore breakdowns of For Today, creating a sound that was done first by A Day To Remember. These Hearts can write a damn catchy hook when they hold back on the metalcore, which is why it's such a shame when the appearance of low, syncopated chugs brings you back to the reality that These Hearts are one of "those" bands that occasionally use breakdowns as a crutch. Ultimately, Yours To Take is the closest thing we'll get to another "classic" Four Year Strong album. But it could have been so much better with a tighter stranglehold on the metalcore side of things. (Victory)