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Into It. Over It. - Proper Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8.5
Musicianship 8.5
Lyrics 8.5
Production 8.5
Creativity 8.5
Lasting Value 8.5
Reviewer Tilt 8.5
Final Verdict: 85%
Member Ratings
Vocals 8.57
Musicianship 8.55
Lyrics 8.46
Production 8.27
Creativity 8.39
Lasting Value 8.39
Reviewer Tilt 8.61
Average: 85%
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Into It. Over It. - Proper

Reviewed by: Drew Beringer (09/29/11)
Into It. Over It.Proper
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Record Label: No Sleep

If Evan Weiss isn't a household name within the scene yet, he will be soon. The singer/songwriter's resume includes two very ambitious projects - one album featuring a song for every week in a year (52 Weeks) and one collection of twelve songs that represent twelve different cities (Twelve Towns). He's already impressed critics and fans alike, and that's even before you sit down with his first true full-length album, the aptly titled Proper. While the majority of Weiss' discography is of the soft, acoustic variety, his No Sleep debut is stuffed with twelve energetic and poignant tracks, all in its full-band glory.

The distorted guitar riffs of opener “Embracing Facts” may take you by surprise, especially considering Weiss' past work. But that track sets the tone of Proper; Weiss had a lot more studio time for this release and it shows throughout the album. It continues with the infectious “Discretion & Depressing People” and American Football fans will fall in love with the twist and turn guitar chords of “Fortunate Friends.”

But Proper really begins to hit its stride with the emphatic “Write It Right,” which really showcases Weiss' improving vocals and is paced by a powerful drum beat. The mid-tempo “Midnight: Carroll Street” is a nice change of pace as some of the album's best lyrics appear here, while “Connecticut Steps” slowing builds into a crashing crescendo. The lo-fi “Where Your Nights Often End” will please older IIOI fans, as it's reminiscent of a quiet and intimate “bedroom recording.” These tracks, along with the faster tracks, show off the versatility Weiss has in his songwriting. Whether it's the driving instrumentation of “An Evening With Ramsey Beyer” (which features sneaky-good guitar work from Weiss) or the urgent pop-punk of the title track, Weiss' storytelling will enthrall listeners from all different genres.

Finally, Into It. Over It.'s debut album will properly introduce music fans to Evan Weiss. A house show veteran, Weiss proves on Proper that he has the ability to headline shows in the (hopefully very) near future. It maintains the intimacy of his previous output yet progresses in a way that keeps Into It. Over It. fresh and exciting to listeners. For an artist that has so many songs in his discography, it feels like Weiss is just getting started.

8.5/10

Additional InformationTrack Listing:
1. Embracing Facts
2. Discretion & Depressing People
3. Fortunate Friends
4. No Good Before Noon
5. Write It Right (feat. Nathan Ellis)
6. Midnight: Carroll Street
7. Connecticut Steps
8. Staring At The Ceiling
9. My Evening With Ramsey Beyer
10. Where Your Night Often Ends
11. P R O P E R
12. The Frames That Used To Greet Me

Into It. Over It. is
Evan Thomas Weiss
with help from Nick Wakim, Kate Emily Grube, Mark Michalik, Dave Downham, Brian Mietz, Mike Howard, Ryan Russell Nathan Ellis, Ed Rose, Jason DiNapoli, Matt Jordan, Phil Vickers, Marky Hladish, Steve Downs, Steff Bomb, Dave Summers, Craig Shimala, The Work, Joe Marro, Andrew Koji Shiraki, Jon Loudon, Steve Poponi and more.

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01:10 PM on 09/29/11
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Great review, Drew. Appropriately, this album reminds me of a more straightforward Stay Ahead of the Weather. Haven't given it a super thorough listen yet, but I definitely will now.
01:24 PM on 09/29/11
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Nice. In love with this record
01:40 PM on 09/29/11
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Love this album. The two closing tracks are great, but Carroll Street has to be my favorite.
01:56 PM on 09/29/11
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This album did not disappoint.

"Midnight: Carroll Street" ... aaaah!
02:52 PM on 09/29/11
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Such a fantastic record.
04:14 PM on 09/29/11
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i love this record. my one criticism is that i wish he implemented some more dynamics. he seems to rely a lot on layering for transitions/segues
05:36 PM on 09/29/11
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Amazing record. Only wish there were some more 'Where Your Night Often Ends'-ish type songs to give the album as a whole a bit more light and shade. That song is my song-o'-the-year by a long shot.
'No Good Before Noon' gives me nightmares how good it is, no matter how many reviews omit it from mention.
08:25 AM on 09/30/11
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His vocals really shine on the softer acoustic stuff
08:28 AM on 09/30/11
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def gonna check this out, i loved his split with Koji
08:32 AM on 09/30/11
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Very nice. Evan is a great guy, finally met him a few nights ago when I saw him with Frank Turner. Can't wait for my preorder to come in.
08:35 AM on 09/30/11
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I think I'm in the minority, but I prefer his solo/acoustic stuff to the full band effort. I'd like it if IIOI remained solo and he explored the full band stuff with SAOTW. That said, this album (and all of his previous stuff, for that matter) is great. Keep it up, Evan.
08:48 AM on 09/30/11
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I planned on listening to this anyway, but now that I see Ed Rose's name, Im pumped!!
09:32 AM on 09/30/11
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This sentence really bothers me, though. Haha.

QuoteThe ambitious singer/songwriter's resume includes two very ambitious projects.
09:48 AM on 09/30/11
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Idk, love the album but the review was just "eh." I liked how concise it is but it isn't very informative.
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