online listen
billed as contemporary christian says all music
didn't hear it, but considering where I found the review, I'll take their word for it
emo-pop for me
not sure what that is but it sounded like what I think emo-pop would sound like
nothing I liked

from the album - Back To Basics

released Nov 15th, 2011

Bio - from all music

Illinois-based pop/rock outfit Run Kid Run combines infectious melodies and uplifting lyrics into an exuberant
sound that's both catchy and accessible. The group is comprised of vocalist/guitarist David Curtis,
guitarist/vocalist Neil Endicott, bassist Lyle Chastain, and drummer Matt Jackson. The band was a member of the
Tooth and Nail family by the beginning of 2006 and worked under the direction of producer James Paul Wisner
(Dashboard Confessional, New Found Glory) for their debut full-length, This Is Who We Are, released that May.
Supporting tour dates were played nationwide throughout that summer and into the fall.

Album Review - from

After Run Kid Run’s very accomplished sophomore project, Love At The Core, the pop rock group’s third album was
pushed back some months before its final release date was set. Now, with an all-star production cast (Matt Thiessen
from Relient K and Devin Townsend), Run Kid Run is back with their latest album, Patterns. Does their latest follow
the pattern (pun intended) of their last album and continue to show growth, or does Run Kid Run offer an average
pop rock release like their debut album, This Is Who We Are?

Unlike the band’s first two albums, Patterns stumbles a little out of the gate with their awkward sounding
“Farewell Old Self,” which acts as an uncharacteristically short, mellow intro. When “The Last Hurrah” starts, Run
Kid Run officially gives the album the gas and the album doesn't begin to slow down until the final track. However,
as Love At The Core progressed through the album, it was a thoroughly enjoyable pop rock adventure, but while
Patterns offers nearly ten solid blends of pop rock/rock, the experience isn’t quite the same. The central problem
on This Is Who We Are was the lack of diversity among tracks, a problem Love At The Core dealt with effectively.
Although most songs on Patterns sound great on their own, when the album is spun as a whole, too many songs sound
the same and fail to be eventful. Also, the group tries to bring in an authentic rock song on multiple occasions,
and the lead vocals don't always match the intensity required by the music.

Still a few highlights do emerge from the pack. The first single, “Back To The Basics,” is a quality, energetic pop
rock song, but while the song sounds great on the album, I get the feeling that it would be just pretty good on an
elite project. However, “Sunburns” succeeds on nearly every level as every tune change turns out to be clever and
catchy. The piano sprinkled within adds an artistic flavor and Matthew Thiessen's guest vocals bring the song to
its pinnacle for the final refrain. “White Noises” is a distinct piano influenced pop tune, and “My King” is a
decent finale, though probably the weakest for Run Kid Run to date.

Lead singer David Josiah Curtis identifies a problem he spots in our culture: “We can all get stuck in the same
routines and patterns, and if we’re not careful, we can find ourselves living in the same spot for quite a long
time.” The solution he puts forth in several songs on the album is to move past our complacencies (“The Last
Hurrah,” “Back To The Basics,” “Promise,” and “Sunburns”). In addition to songs about relationships, the band sings
about more serious, spiritual matters on “The War Is Over” and “My King (“all rise ye children/whisper your praises
now/sing hallelujah/your King is here”).

Patterns fits all of the necessary requirements of an ideal pop rock project: the music is upbeat, easy to sing
along to, and some punk flair inspires head-banging. But when it comes down to it, Patterns doesn’t have enough of
the kind of distinct material that made Run Kid Run’s second album so good. The lyrics are also positive, but they
won’t ever drown you in depth. So, in the end, you could do a lot worse than Patterns, but it’s a letdown from a
band with more potential.

Track Listing

1. Farewell Old Self
2. Last Hurrah
3. Back to the Basics
4. Daylight
5. Someway Somehow
6. Promise
7. Sunburns
8. Rely on Her
9. White Noise
10. War Is Over
11. My Kings