Poema – Remembering You

By Carter Fraser on September-16-2012 | Filed under Reviews | Tags : , , , , | Share

Poema – Remembering You
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4.0 (1 votes)

Artist: Poema (iTunes) (Spotify)
Title: 
Remembering You
Label: 
Tooth and Nail
Release Date:
9/11/12
Reviewer: 
Carter Fraser

Tracklisting:

  1. Clean Getaway
  2. Wonder
  3. Fallin’
  4. Hesitate
  5. Apricots
  6. Play With Fire
  7. Footprints
  8. Your Song
  9. My Turn to Go
  10. Would You
  11. Love of My Life

I’m still fairly confused as to why Tooth and Nail signed Poema. This isn’t a reflection of the duo’s talent—they’ve crafted a fine album here—but why did Tooth and Nail feel the need to sign an acoustic pop group? They’ve always had a diverse lineup, but this is a step further than before. Sisters Elle and Shealeen Puckett’s songs can be easily compared to those of, say, Sixpence None the Richer or Taylor Swift. Their songs are generally about—that’s right you guessed it—love, in various forms and intensities. So has Tooth and Nail really dipped into tween pop? No, not at all, thank goodness. But I’m still scratching my head a bit.

These girls are barely through their teens, but one likely wouldn’t be able to tell so from their music. There’s no flair for the dramatic to be found, no childishness, no cheap appeals to an easy audience, just straightforward, genuine acoustic pop. The subject matter flirts around with different angles on love, with a few exceptions. There’s a subtle flair in the hooks that draws the listener in, but no huge choruses screaming “hit single.” So basically, Remembering You is everything one might expect from Poema’s first full length. Which, unfortunately, is also it’s biggest downfall; Remembering You is predictable, and almost too comfortable. There aren’t really any weak points, there aren’t really any high points, and there’s generally very little variation between songs whatsoever. That said, each song is a slightly above average acoustic pop song, so it’s hard to complain. But since there’s no obvious weakness to Poema, it’s hard to say just how they could improve. At the same time, they’re so young that it feels almost wrong to judge their futures at all. There’s just no telling.

The best moments on Remembering You are those that stray from the path the furthest. Opener “Clean Getaway” is a surprisingly mature song for writers of their ages, a painfully broken song about divorce. The decision to open the album with lyrics as exposing as “standing in the hallway, I hear the echo of your footsteps / blue eyes and your last name are the only things that you left / are we still a family, did you ever love me, were you ever happy?“ is an extremely successful one, and ultimately creates perhaps the album’s best song. Remembering You slows down as it goes, culminating in songs like the gorgeous folksy worship ballad “Your Song” and the extended penultimate track “Would You.” “Would You” showcases all of the different sides of Poema simultaneously, managing to be both lyrically naïve, yet genuinely heartfelt and moving. Despite all of Poema’s expected twists, one can’t argue that they are being cookie cutter; this quite simply seems to be the manner in which they are most comfortable expressing themselves, and in that they consistently succeed.

Overall: Poema might be too effeminate to appeal to Tooth and Nail’s typical fans, but that’s not likely who they’re marketing themselves towards. Fans of soft pop would be advised to give Remembering You a try because, at a minimum, it’s authentically meaningful and easy on the ears.

RIYL: Sixpence None the Richer, Taylor Swift, Eisley, Addison Road

Poema - Remembering You, 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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I'm a student originally from Arlington, TX, but currently residing in St. Louis, MO. I enjoy music, going to concerts, playing and watching baseball, working with my hands, fishing, art, Minecraft, and sleeping/eating/other necessary activities for life. Long walks on the beach are acceptable as well. View all posts by Carter Fraser

9 Responses to 'Poema – Remembering You'

  1. I’m surprised they didn’t sign to the BEC label. I feel that they’d fit in much better.

  2. Iaya97 says:

    I think the sisters have a bit of a grungier taste, and would have preferred to be on T&N instead of BEC. This is all musings, of course. Like the album, but nothing has stood out like “2 A.M.” or the magnificent “Wool Coats.”

  3. “can be easily compared to those of, say, Sixpence None the Richer or Taylor Swift.”- I resent the fact that a great band like sixpence is even bein mentioned in the same sentence as tayla snif, lol.

  4. Tim says:

    I can’t wait till these two brilliant musicians move a bit further away from the cliche love songs to tackle a few more spiritual or deeper subjects. I think ‘Clean Getaway’ is a big step forward in terms of the lyrical content. I can imagine myself really, really liking them if the songs weren’t all love songs. So I eagerly hope and wait for the next album. They are great vocalists and I love the music just the lyrics are hard for me to get into.

  5. Brandon says:

    I give this a “4″ and love the sounds these two girls make. I think I dig the upbeat nature of the first ep a bit more but this is still solid pop music. It reminds me of a collision between Sixpence None the Richer, Taylor Swift, and The Civil Wars.

  6. Roger Gelwicks says:

    I think this review covers the bases pretty well, so well done, Carter.

    As for an answer as to why Tooth & Nail signed them, they’re pretty recently-teenaged girls… and hopefully this isn’t going out on a limb, but wouldn’t THAT appeal to teenage or recently-teenaged guys (who I’d assume to be the majority of T&N’s fanbase)? BEC Recordings does have less edgy artists on their label, but that’s the place for soccer-mom-music; not a knock on BEC… it’s just the way it is. As I just said, Poema is going to appeal to teenage guys over soccer moms. That’s why the sentence “Poema might be too effeminate to appeal to Tooth and Nail’s typical fans…” doesn’t quite ring true in my mind. Also, is “effeminate” the right word here? “Effeminate” typically refers to something that shouldn’t be that way, like, should be masculine but isn’t.

    All that to say, this is a good review that captures the spirit of the album well.

    • I wouldn’t think that the same teenage guys that listen(ed) to T&N for bands like The Classic Crime, Anberlin, Sent By Ravens, I Am Empire, etc., would jump all over this, but that’s just me. And I think if you take that side, then “effeminate” makes sense. But if you don’t then I could see how it could seem odd.

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