Out of the Badlands
(Tooth & Nail Records)
Hearing new renditions of Underoath’s “A Boy Brushed Red Living In Black and White” and “Reinventing Your Exit,” as well as The Almost’s “Say This Sooner” and “Southern Weather,” is enough to make any fan of Aaron’s past acts giddy with glee. And it may even be enough to make people buy this record for those tracks alone. They are worth the price of admission, after all. But what about everything else? Of the six remaining tracks, there are two covers (“Where the Streets Have No Name” and “Can’t Make You Love Me,” both of which sound fantastic) and four Aaron originals (“You Don’t Love Me Anymore” being the obvious winner). It does seem like Out of the Badlands would have benefited a bit more from some increased level of energy, but otherwise this a release with enough pleasure to make it a recommendation.