Soldiers Girls & Nightmares
Chris Huskey is a 17 year-old singer/songwriter from Washington, D.C., living in Taipei, Taiwan. His songs cover everything from the war in Iraq and girls to...well, sex. His music has been compared to John Mayer, Dashboard Confessional, and he's even been said to sound like a younger Bright Eyes, but it's hard to pinpoint his musical influences. Chris' debut album, Soldiers, Girls, and Nightmares, is a combination of catchy, pop-punk hooks, meaningful, introspective lyrics, an acoustic-based singer-songwriter style, and even driving anti-war songs. Especially memorable tracks include the album's first single, "Do You Remember," the catchy "crash burn Chicago," the relaxed, reggae-style "Conversations," or the moving "When the Morning Comes" and "Gorgeous." On an album full on songs about girls and breaking up, though, two songs receive special attention. The opening track, "Shell-Shocked City," protests the chaos that the U.S. led war in Iraq has caused, while "Letters and Photographs" depicts the life of a soldier, urging him to leave the army and return to his family in the U.S. Overall a very memorable (and sing-able) album, Soldiers, Girls, and Nightmares has a song for every situation and every mood - whether you just need an emotional break-up song to express your feelings or a punk rock anthem to rock out to, this album covers it all.