11:09 AM on 05/14/13
Fucking awesome opening and closing tracks seem to be one thing you can always expect from these guys. This album kicks so much ass
11:19 AM on 05/14/13
Why isn't there more #GFYTN ??????
11:36 AM on 05/14/13
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.
11:38 AM on 05/14/13
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
11:45 AM on 05/14/13
this band just has a knack for writing the perfect album at the perfect time to really hit home with me. Amazing album, will easily be one of the best of the year.
11:53 AM on 05/14/13
Saint Barbara, don't let me explode
Also exceeded my expectations. I agree that the final verse are Soupy's best lyrics yet, especially "We all wanna be great men , And there’s nothing romantic about it."
12:00 PM on 05/14/13
I'm a Mark, who thought I was a Tom
Really can't wait to pick this thing up
12:05 PM on 05/14/13
Just here for the drinks.
Love every review, Thomas...on point as usual with this one. Respect your opinion even when I disagree. I'm just confused as to why you didn't score it? Did I miss something?
12:10 PM on 05/14/13
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.
12:17 PM on 05/14/13
I think House of Heroes' Suburba is better than TWY's Suburbia...
but one listen in, this record is pretty great. agreed, much better than I ever expected from this band. "There There" is my current favorite
12:25 PM on 05/14/13
I must be the only one who thinks this album isn't as good as everyone's making it out to be.
12:54 PM on 05/14/13
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.
01:16 PM on 05/14/13
Great review Thomas!
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.
01:33 PM on 05/14/13
My biggest complaint with this record is the closer. The first 3 minutes or so are some of the best in their career, but I really despise reprises...
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