Imagine an emotional 18-year-old guitarist who just broke up with his girlfriend of three years, and you have Ronnie Day. With the release of his official debut album ‘The Album,’ Ronnie Day proclaims, ‘I want the world to know that Jamie broke my heart.’
This high-school dropout, who sounds a lot like Dashboard Confessional, composed his songs based on moments, or ‘snapshots,’ in his life that led to the breakup.
Apparently, in the middle of recording, Day decided to drive 12 hours straight, as he says in a song called ‘Coming Home Soon,’ to see his girlfriend. He found her with another guy and this resulted in the rest of ‘The Album,’ which is full of self-pity and heartbreak.
Day’s album, which is set up like a timeline from being in love to being dumped, starts with songs about lying on a beach in ‘Half Moon Bay’ and slowly realizing that he’s losing his girlfriend in ‘Living for Love.’ ‘The Album’ includes four interludes to signify the different stages Day went through before and after the breakup.
The first set of snappy and cheerful songs are about supposedly noteworthy moments like ‘November Storms,’ which is about Day and his girlfriend laughing while it’s raining outside.
Then comes the first interlude, which is creatively named ‘Insert 1’ and contains eight seconds of key and car noises signifying Day leaving for the tour.
Following a string interlude are songs about finding Jaime kissing another guy in ‘Lived Learned Love and Lost’ and more songs about misery and sad feelings with uncreative lyrics like ‘I went to the bathroom floor; the tile was cold; but I was colder’ and ‘This room smells like crying.’
Day’s last set of songs is about trying to move on but still wanting the girl back, because, as Day puts it, ‘time will never mend this.’
Day’s obsessed and stalkerish attitude shines through with lyrics like ‘There’s a guy outside your window with a cracked guitar and a broken heart.’
Throughout this debut album, you can’t help but think of Ronnie Day as a stereotypical emo kid expressing his feelings through music. Although some choruses are catchy, most of the songs sound the same. Day’s juxtaposition of giddy tones with depressing lyrics gives the impression that he was actually happy that his girlfriend left him so he could have something to write about.