Off the Record – ALBUM FOCUS – Greatest hits, Waterparks

Have you ever wanted To listen to a new band or musician and not sure where to start? Well, instead of listening to their commercial music, why not start with something off the album first!  Today we look at the brand new album by Waterparks that was released yesterday – Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

Usually when a band call their album this it means that it is a collection of all the songs that they have released in the part but this is not what Waterparks have done. Instead they have taken the name and have completely spun it on its head which is really refreshing. This is the first song on the album and it gradually builds into this really dramatic finale full of electronic and heavy beat lines with the same lyric over and over again ‘last night I had the strangest dream of all’. If you are a fan of bands like Muse and Klaxons then you will like this short but sweet song.


This song is really upbeat and has a really catchy introduction to it that I feel has some nostalgic hit to it that sort of highlights the late nineties and early noughties but takes to a fresh and new angle. The mixture between Awsten’s singing and fast speaking works really well and really reels you into the track. It has this really addictive electric jingle that intertwines throughout the track that makes it great to listen to. It feels quite uplifting even though the lyrics are sort of negative. The beat drops about two thirds of the way through into this dubstep style beat that’s been remixed to sound electronic and it works so well.

You’d Be Paranoid Too (If Everyone You Knew Was Out To Get You)

Even though Awsten is only 28 years old, this was actually the title of his autobiography he released a while ago so it already has a Waterparks connection. This song may have some darkish lyrics, it is really catchy and has this really fun chorus that is really hard not to listen to. This song has strong elements of Pop Punk to it and it is one of those songs you can imagine listening to on a hot summers day.

Fruit Roll Ups

This is a slower track on the album and focusses on a melody on the guitar that slightly mixes between flat notes to create this really interesting and haunting sound that in some ways echoes past songs by the band from other albums. The song is sort of like a romantic track and has some really interesting lyrics to it that have a hint of nostalgia to them. Near the end of the track there is really striking electronic musical interlude which is really fun.


This song feels like it is a celebration of the UK fans as it starts with this interview at the top which specifically highlights the fact that they are in London. The song then kicks in and it is one of the heaviest on the album full of bold guitar riffs, big drum beats and spoken word. It has some really interesting musical components and it is one of those songs you need to listen to more then once to appreciate it.

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