Andy Greenwald
September 14, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Scream & Light Up the Sky

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Rock

We gave it a B+

If he’s not careful, The Honorary Title’s frontman Jarrod Gorbel is going to lose his seat at the emo lunch table: On the Brooklyn band’s second album (Scream & Light Up the Sky), he avoids wallowing in the sappy breakup dirges that are de rigueur for the genre. Instead, armed with his elastic, dramatic voice, he and his bandmates leap fearlessly from folksy strumming (”Along the Way”) to Strokes-y pop-punk (”Untouched and Intact”). Best of all, on the bracing sing-along ”The City’s Summer,” he even sounds — gasp! — happy. B+
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