A Change Of Pace: An Offer You Can’t Refuse Review

The raw screamo energy unleashed through the whine of electric guitars, the pounding of drums and unrefined melody of the vocals on A Change Of Pace’s sensational debut album makes it a hard-hitting and memorable entry worthy of fans’ attention. And where An Offer You Can’t Refuse falls short in its lack of polish or artistic maturity, the rocking verses, catchy choruses and intelligent songwriting say anything but, especially considering the album was written while several members of the band were still in high school. From its explosive and dark leadoff “Loose Lips Sink Ships” to its upbeat and pop punk-sounding closer, An Offer You Can’t Refuse established A Change Of Pace as a band with musical eclecticism and a bright future on the horizon.

Standout Tracks

Following the killer opener, “Death Do Us Part” offers another heavy song, but this time with a much catchier chorus and less screaming as the album’s best song. Lead singer Torry Jasper’s  aesthetically pleasing vocals fluctuate well between pitches and are phenomenal when set to an infectious backdrop of surging, resonating electric guitar riffs from Adam Rogers and Dan Parker, a deep and groovy bass hook from Johnny Abdullah and a rhythmic drum beat from Jonathan Kelly. And while the subject matter of this song’s lyrics isn’t quite sophisticated, the memorable imagery of each enjoyably raucous chorus is undeniable: “I stole your heart, ripped it out and smashed it on this floor / You have no need for such a useless thing, broken forever more.”

Providing the heaviest song of the album, “Know One Knows” puts the pedal to the metal and doesn’t let up with constant guitar-chugging, booming drums and Jasper’s alternation between throaty screams and distorted background clean vocals. The chorus lets Jasper cut loose even more with anguished wails and screams, but is just catchy enough to keep more casual listeners tuned in. But despite its likable chorus, “Know One Knows” gives an engaging and dramatic look at A Change Of Pace’s post-hardcore side that is sure to please more hardcore fans.

While most of their songs feature a flurry of activity for the verses and catchy choruses, “A Farewell To Friendship” shows A Change Of Pace’s musical versatility with an acoustic ballad that Jasper owns with vocals that are composed when they need to be and strained when his emotion can no longer be contained. The acoustic guitar sets the mood but the addition of string instruments gives it a more sophisticated and refined sound and make it a nice change in tempo for the album.

The Verdict

An Offer You Can’t Refuse has its flaws, but in spite of a few novice moments, A Change Of Pace impresses with a truly absorbing debut. Jasper’s balance between harsh screams and high-pitched singing is extraordinary to behold, even if his vocals are a little rough around the edges at times. And while scaling guitar riffs and fervent drum rhythms are present throughout, the style changes from post-hardcore to pop punk to alternative rock and emo, often within the same song, making the album an incredibly eclectic and all-encompassing experience. Fans of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Hawthorne Heights, Hit The Lights, Sugarcult, Amber Pacific, The Starting Line, Holiday Parade and Just Surrender should find something to enjoy here, but A Change Of Pace’s appeal extends beyond the boundaries of one single genre. Monitoring this band’s musical progression could be well worth it if they continue to mature and craft new and entertaining music in the future.

Final Score: 7/10

Rank: 2nd (two total albums)

Track List

  1. Loose Lips Sink Ships
  2. Death Do Us Part
  3. Every Second
  4. Asleep At The Wheel
  5. December
  6. Know One Knows
  7. Home Is Where The Heart Is
  8. A Farewell To Friendship
  9. Chippie
  10. Goodbye For Now
  11. Queen Of Hearts


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