I've been following this band since the Bangarang split. This is the first record post Won't Be Pathetic Forever that I've enjoyed. I don't know what it was about the past two records that failed to resonate with me, but they've really found their grove with this one. Soupy sounds better than I thought he was capable of.
Haha, I meant that as a "please don't compare my writing to Thomas," not "WE MUST RESPECT TWY REVIEW AND NOT POST."
haha, i was gonna say. ive picked bad times to release reviews it seems, today with this review and when jason posted his fall out boy review i also had one go up. need to get my timing down a little better, haha
You're over-hyping this way too much. Yes, it is a FANTASTIC record, but all in all, it didn't really click as much as it did with me. It basically takes the formula from Upsides and Suburbia in how some songs are slow and kinda emo, and then there's the really poppy-punky ones, sure lyrics have grown, which was to be expected, and no, I'm not a liar, I did expect something of this magnitude from this talented and amazing band.
I love the album. Lyrical content is just fitting everything I'm feeling at the moment. Hitting your mid twenties. Struggling to find purpose, direction and feeling younger than you are and trying to find where you fit in and the impact you are supposed to make.
My personal connection with this album might trump the music itself but isn't that all part of what makes music great? It's not always the perfect chords or the most powerful lyrics. It's not how it measures up to previous work or the work of it's peers. There are albums that channel parts of your life and how the lyrics and music bend to your interpretation is a pretty awesome thing.
I am a huge lover of music and have had many of my favorite albums come out in the last few years but havent felt a deep connection to an album in some time and this album reminds me why I fell in love with music in the first place.
This record is one that gets better with each listen. The fast songs are fantastic. The part where it kicks in in "The Devil In My Bloodstream" (“I bet I’d be a fucking coward / I bet I’d never have the guts for war”) really lifts the song to another level.