Make the Best of It is an emotional pop-rock album, that’s easy to leave on for hours and “forget” to switch off of the repeat button.
“Smoke and Lace” welcomes its audience into the album very well. It starts off with a nice, mellow guitar riff, as the vocals are introduced with a quieter “It’s worth its weight in gold, And no one has to know,” feeling almost like you’re being let in on a secret. “Coexist” and “Baby Grand” are passionate, emotional tracks that really show off Brian Swindle’s vocal abilities, but “Ghost” takes the album down a notch to a sad ballad that tugs at the heart strings. Right after “Ghost” comes “Disagree” which is a fast, fun song about being rid of someone “And be[ing] happy that [they’re] gone,” which I’m sure everyone can relate to in one way or another. “Good Christian Man” explores the religious pressures and the disappointment from those around you when you follow your passions over the religion. The song feels like the pinnacle of the album, and could easily be played again and again with no complaints. Have Mercy really outdid themselves with this release, definitely one of the best albums of the year.
Overall: Goddamn, this is a good album. Check it out if you’re looking to jam out or feel.
Review by Shane Haley