Album Rating: 4.5
consdering streetlight's history and their current state, i doubt that quality will be affected by time between albums. i think i remember tom talking about being meticulous and perfectionist (hence the delays with this album), so he'll probably wait til he's rlly inspired to put something out. other bands that are constantly going need to put out albums every few years to stay relevant, so if all they got is mediocre, they'll put out a mediocre record. but being that streetlight is effectively inactive other than occasional shows which are probably just for the sake of playing shows rather than sustaining ongoing careers in the band, they dont need to worry about keepin the band going with albums, so tom will prolly just put out an album when he feels the time is right.
Digging: The Menzingers - After The Party
Album Rating: 3.5
" i think i remember tom talking about being meticulous and perfectionist (hence the delays with this album), so he'll probably wait til he's rlly inspired to put something out."
Yeah, he has said this multiple times. It's his go to defense when people start asking where their new material is and he's reached a point when it's probably not a great idea to just ignore them. But, there's a contradiction in that line of thinking when you compare it to the type of music Streetlight writes. Punk isn't supposed to be about perfection. Now of course Streetlight is not you're typical punk band, but it doesn't mean that they are immune to decay. In fact, I think Streetlight has stayed mostly quality (however, I personally do see occasional signs of wear on this album) in spite of Tomas's perfectionist tendencies, not because of them. Maybe that's a controversial statement, but his perfectionism has only grown stronger with each release, and their best album is still the the one with the least production polish (EGN). Now, that isn't to say that the songwriting wasn't meticulously crafted and recrafted, but I still think that EGN isn't as calculated as the albums that followed, though both are still of high quality.
Honestly, I think the best thing Streetlight could do would be to distance themselves from punk more and more. Then, Tomas's songwriting might match up more with the genre they immerse themselves in. And, they started to do that on this album, but I think on the next album it should be more obvious. And hell, I think they could even improve on this release if they did it right. I'd honestly be super happy with an entire album in the same vein as "Oh Me, Oh My". I sort of thought that's what we were going to get here anyway at first.