Melissa Maerz
February 10, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

Scars & Stories

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Rock, Pop

We gave it an C+

Why so serious, Isaac Slade? His soft-rock hitmakers’ third album contains warbling references to the Berlin Wall (”1961”) and Rwanda (”Heartbeat”). Though with lyrics about love and rain and things never being the same, he could’ve just written another love song. Even producer Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young) can’t save Scars & Stories from generic TV-soundtrack mediocrity. Expect to hear the pretty but forgettable ”Be Still” on an episode of Desperate Grey’s Wife Drama soon. C+

Best Tracks:
Slow-burner Be Still
Soaring Heartbeat

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