Album Review: Balance and Composure ‘The Things We Think We’re Missing’

Words by Jade Smith

Balance and Composure, a band from Doylestown, PA, first formed while the members were just in high school. The 5-piece rock group’s success has grown, shaping a sound similar to acts such as Circa Survive, Brand New, and Minus the Bear. With front man Jonathan Simmons on vocals, Balance and Composure features Andrew Slaymaker (guitar), Matthew Warner (bass), Erik Petersen (guitar), and Bailey Van Ellis (drums). Balance and Composure is currently playing sold out shows across North America, alongside Title Fight, Slingshot Dakota, and Cruel Hand. The band plans to hit the road again in this November with Coheed and Cambria.

The newest album, ‘The Things We Think We’re Missing’, is not to be missed. Released September 10th on No Sleep Records, the second full-length is a follow-up to their breakout album, ‘Separation’. While the album misses a bit of the extreme energy we first heard on ‘Separation’, ‘The Things We Think We’re Missing’ sheds more light on the talents of the band, focusing more on the incredible musical chops of its members. Tracks such as “Back of Your Head”, “Reflection”, “Ella” and “Enemy” are just simply mesmerizing. The sincerity in each lyric showcases the maturity of the band, letting fans hear the proof of their growth for themselves. The album has that same driving intensity Balance and Composure fans know and love, along with an added rawness to the sound.

Though the newest album feels different from ‘Separation’, it is amazing in its entirety. With the album debuting at #51 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, the recognition ensures Balance and Composure is a band that is in it for the long haul. Bottom line, if you breathe oxygen you should add this to your music library.

Rating: 8/10

‘The Things We Think We’re Missing’ is available on the No Sleep Records website, as well as major music outlets such as iTunes, Amazon, and Best Buy. Be sure to also check out their newest music video below for song, “Reflection”.


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