Sleeping With Sirens – “If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack” Acoustic EP Review

Sleeping With Sirens have made a name for themselves in the Warped Tour circuit for their marketable blend of hardcore and pop, and perfecting the “post-hardcore” sound. Their 2011 release of “Let’s Cheers To This,” saw a more pop-oriented side of the band, with far less screaming than their older LP’s. The band has continued to reinvent their sound with their newest all-acoustic EP, If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack.
The band previously released the track listing for the album, noting that it would include three acoustic arrangements of previously released songs. The first re-released song is “If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn,” originally released as a single on their album With Ears To See and Eyes To Hear (the title track of which is also featured in an acoustic version on the new EP). It features a re-vamped melodic structure, almost reminiscent of Yellowcard or Nevershoutnever. Aside from acoustic guitar melodies, the band also utilizes other instruments like violins, tambourine, and even an a capella section accompanied by clapping in one song. Every song on the album is strong in its own respects. Die-hard SWS fans will notice that the acoustic arrangement of “With Ears To See and Eyes To Hear” is almost identical to the acoustic video of the song they put on youtube a while ago.  
Perhaps the most unusual track on the EP is “Roger Rabbit.” The song strays off the path of a simple acoustic song into R&B territory with Kellin Quinn’s vocal structures accompanied in parts by a drum machine. Surprisingly, the band pulls it off without being over-the-top cheesy. The drum machines are fairly understated, and though there’s a bit of 90’s pop influence evident in the way Kellin sings, the acoustic guitar accompaniment, together with some soaring symphonic sections, take the song down a few notches on the cheese-o-meter, and allow it to be both original and easy to listen to.
Overall, this album is a breath of fresh air for a band that has changed their sound so drastically over the past few years. Instead of being on the cutting-edge of the music scene, SWS re-vamps old favorites to please fans of both heavy and soft music. 
-Alex M.

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