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WHAT'S DIFFERENT: Broadside packed up and moved their entire lives from Richmond, Virginia, to Los Angeles, funneling that change of scenery feeling into another record with producer Kyle Black (Paramore, New Found Glory, Comeback Kid). Paradise takes a sandblaster to 2015's grittier Old Bones for a sunnier day. (Read: less shouting, more singing.) The band swerve some pop-punk detours in the process, like the plucky confessional “Summer Stained” and the closer “I Love You, I Love You. It’s Disgusting,” which sounds like they listened obsessively to Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister.”
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: The first four tracks alone run a relay ripe to win you over. “Hidden Colors” is the perfect album and set opener, bouncing riffs and quick-witted lines in close quarters like a whizzing racquetball. Singer Ollie Baxxter has more inflection and soul, the punchy, hook-laden “Disconnect” and “Who Cares” continue to raise the bar. Get to know the new blood and their choruses could wind up in your head.
OUR PICK: “Disconnect”