Got my digital copy. Quick review - I've managed to listen once through (admittedly while driving etc. so nothing too in depth).
My quick and dirty review...Fits well with Anthems. But closer to straight pop. Brian says it's combining musical theater with rock but it's not...it's pure pop. Which is a valid choice but *shrug*. There are some nice flashes here and there and if you liked Anthems, I feel you'll dig Golden Days.
Track by track:
Love In A Rainbow - Overuse of echoechoecho effects....lyrics are a bit treacly but the sound is nice. EDITED - Not one of the better ones. This one actually shrank on me (opposite of grow) - just way too cheesy. A nice idea pops in now and then but it's just cheesy.
Roll With You - You've heard it. It's grown on me a bit tbh. But nothing spectacular
Golden Days - I wished they'd covered Crazy Nights instead
I never really dug the original and this does nothing to change my mind. -- EDITED in - this grew on me a little. Not much but there's than....
It's Gonna Be All RIght (The Panic Attack Song) - Some nice work in here but buried by vocal effects and whispering and attempted....I'm not even sure. It sits along side all the other B/K "originals"
Amazing Grace - Unnecessary. Just bla straight forward - why bother?
One Voice - All heard it already, but one of the better tracks on the album It just sits right in the arrangement, and I like Brian's voice on it.
If I Loved You - Again not a big fan of the original...and I actually like musical theater so it's not just a rock guy dissing a show tune....this does nothing for me
Born Free - the Electric arrangement which is nice if only because we've heard the acoustic one a ton
Parisienne Walkways - I dug this one. I know some don't, but this one did the trick for me
I Who Have Nothing - Probably my favorite on the album. This is the closest we get to musical theater/rock. If you caught the one time they did it in Italy with Zucchero's daughter - the electric guitar arrangement, then you've heard this - just cleaned up a bit. Some nice Brian work here.
The Kissing Me Song - I Definitely a different version than the single verison - The opening has a more enhanced keyboard sounding plunking and the ending is a true studio ending. I think this one despite some dumb lyrics is a better original than Roll With You - as there are some good rock and roll moments....for a pop song
Story Of A Heart - This one could grow on me. I'll have to listen again honestly....But the beginning speaking part makes it very hard not to turn it off. SO CRINGY and awful. The song itself is not bad.
Can't Help Falling In Love - A nice cover - a nice attempt to sound like a genuine slice of time here. Some nice vocal harmonies.
All in all I have to listen a bit more but it's a nice listen. Nothing essential but I'll give it a listen to now and again.
EDITED in after a proper listen - I don't change much except I will say I'm not going to listen to it much more if I'm honest. Not my cup of tea really but some good moments are in there here and there - just not enough to be a regular...