In the back of what seemed like an old Mexican restaurant, there was the beautiful sound of guitars and quiet cooing. In what could only be described as a scene from 2001, Mark Rose was on a modest stage, yet a not-so-modest crowd filled with scene kids- all grown up now- alongside young girls singing and dancing along to every song. It wasn’t too different from 2001 Chicago when Rose’s band, Spitalfield, took stage, or even Fall Out Boy. It felt like home, so to speak, to have Mark on stage once again, in the city where it all began.

The Sound of a Turnaround is the most appropriately named EP if I've ever heard one. Patrick Stump has stated that the problem with his solo career is that he couldn’t go back to playing basements and small shows. Clearly, Mark Rose was able to overcome this stigma, and while still pulling great crowds, Mark has maintained his “relative fame” and the beauty of that is that he can keep who he was, and reinvent himself all at the same time. He can break away from Spitalfield and go into a whole different direction. But the greatest thing about Mark is that he chose to stay his course, and rather perfect himself.

What I enjoyed most about Mark’s performance was his emotion. Any chance he could get off his guitar long enough he was waving his hands and arms around and putting soul into each word. What was even better was that if you hadn’t heard a song of his before- like my boyfriend- he is still inviting and captivating enough that you want to continue to listen. In this over-saturated world where there’s a new somebody every minute, it is a big thing to be attracted to a new artist and be that drawn in.

Mark’s first EP, Wonderful Trouble, is a beautiful, almost break up album with Spitalfield, he used to make his own mark on music. And that is why The Sound of a Turnaround is so great, He has taken the step to distinguish himself from his old self and, with that, he was able to explore himself musically and really cement himself into his new style. What is also remarkable is the vast improvement of his voice; similar to Patrick Stump from Take This To Your Grave to Folie a Duex, he has grown into a mature, full-bodied voice with great range and smooth crescendos.

Currently into a 30-show, 26-day tour, Mark has worked hard to get to where he is and is showing no signs of stopping. With 250 solo shows under his belt, Mark is going full force and will be a definite must watch artist for 2013.