Album Review: Legendary – The Summer Set

The Summer Set, an American pop rock band from Scottsdale, Arizona, consists of Jessica Bowen (drums), Brian Logan Dales (lead vocals), John Gomez (guitar, piano, backing vocals), Stephen Gomez (bass, backing vocals), and Joshua Montgomery (guitar, backing vocals). The Summer Set formed in 2007 when Bowen and the Gomez brothers started writing and performing with Dales. Montgomery later joined the band in 2008.They self-released their first EP, titled Love The Love You Have in November 2007. The band signed a record deal with The Militia Group in April 2008, and then recorded their EP entitled …In Color. In December 2008, the band released their third EP, Meet Me on the Left Coast, which featured two new tracks and a cover of “Love in This Club” as an iTunes bonus track. Their debut full-length album Love Like This was released on October 13, 2009.

The band, Summer Set
The band.

In the song, Legendary, the lyrics, “I’ve spent too many nights watching “How I Met Your Mother” alone/Now I’m searching for my yellow umbrella, hoping I’ll take her home/Maybe I just wanna be legendary/Yeah we all just wanna be legendary, oh” he’s  wasted a lot of time watching the famous sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in Manhattan. As a framing device, Ted, in the year 2030, recounts to his son and daughter the events that led him to meeting their mother. He saw her with a yellow umbrella for the first time. Searching for one’s yellow umbrella alludes to the act of looking for one’s soulmate/finding love.  Finally, in another song, Happy For You, the song is reminiscent of feeling nothing but regret about his past relationship and finding alternative means to feel satisfied. He looks to alcohol and one night stands as a coping mechanism. He throws himself a pity party and expresses all of the things he would do to get this special person back.

The intro from the official music video of Maybe Tonight, “And then suddenly, it hit me. That moment you realize you’re not half empty. That moment of all moments. Like there is music in the night and we can dance the sun out of the sky. These are the nights where everything seems possible. Maybe one day we’ll fall short of the stories we tell. But tonight, we’re more than just words on a page. We are here, we are different, and we are everlasting. We are Half Moon Kids. We are Legendary.”, is inspiring.

Legendary album cover
Legendary album cover

Writing heartwarming tracks such as these isn’t necessarily difficult, but making them sound this sincere and affectionate takes skill, and The Summer Set’s ability to enrapture through sheer earnestness of feeling is rare indeed.

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