Grade: 84% (B)
Hailing from New Jersey, Big Troubles follows up last year’s lo-fi debut Worry with 2011’s upbeat jangle-pop Romantic Comedy. With a voice eerily similar to that of the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Alex Craig crafts his lyrics around a seemingly destructive relationship and the album as a whole could work as the soundtrack for “(500) Days of Summer”. This is especially evident in, “Sad Girls,” where he smoothly sings, “love is in the air, but I don’t care, cause I don’t want to love anymore, and if I hear the word again, I think I’ll drill a hole in my head.” On “Minor Keys,” he touches a nerve with nearly every boy who’s ever been attracted to a female remarking, “It’s the one that got away… It’s the girl you never kissed.” Don’t be turned off by the teenage boyish lyrics though. On the upbeat lead single, “Misery,” Craig looks forward to the days where he can get over his previous misconceptions and, “just have some fun for once.” The overall record maintains a steady rhythm and feel, with basic percussion arrangements (their debut was recorded with a drum machine before they replaced it upon playing their first shows) and guitars that build right into a wide array of choruses.