Arizona based pop-punks Sundressed have released their debut album, “A Little Less Put Together”, via Animal Style Records. My first introduction to this band was 2015’s “The Same Condition”, which came with four incredibly catchy tunes. So were they able to top themselves on their first full-length?
Unfortunately no. Everything on “A Little Less Put Together” sounds even more polished and even slicker than before, up to the point where they seem to have lost the energy and enthusiasm that made me like them the first time around. Opening track “Of Course” is an upbeat pop-punk jam, but it sounds too sterile and then comes to an abrupt halt before moving onto the slightly more mellow “Mill Ave And Broadway”, which - with the exception of a solid chorus - is remarkable only because it is so unremarkable.
From there on, Sundressed keep making every song just a tad bit too sugary. The eleven songs that make up the album, all come with bits and pieces that show what this band is capable of. There is a bridge here, a chorus or a riff there. As a whole though, it fails to leave much of a lasting impression and feels like a missed opportunity.