Hello Destiny



by Julio Babilonia USER (16 Reviews)
November 1st, 2008 | 12 replies

Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best Goldfinger album yet will make the listener feel very alive.

“It’s time to get up; it’s time to stand out. I need a change to feel strange, to feel alive.”

It’s safe to say that every single one of us has been in a moment of our lives in which those thoughts have crossed our minds. It’s the moment when the normal things feel boring and insignificant, the moment when it feels you’ve hit a wall. Don’t feel too bad for yourself though, this happens to bands too, and if you need an example then look no further than Goldfinger.

After several good solid albums, Goldfinger crashed badly into a wall with their previous album, Disconnection Noticed. The abandonment of their ska roots to stick to a more mainstream punk-rock/Alt sound suffering from mediocre musical execution resulted in a bunch of uninspired songs with some catchy hooks. In order to bounce back from that failure, Goldfinger needed a change, needed to get up and actually play something that stands out; enter Hello Destiny.

Hello Destiny is a great example of the difference one band member can have on an album. With the return of guitarist Charlie Paulson the band has found their identity again. Not only has the band found and improved their sound, they have finally found a way to keep an album consistent and refreshing, something that has been a flaw in their work.

By bringing back their ska influences, always having a background presence in the album, and with a mega improvement on guitars, caused by the return of Charlie, the band took their music to a new level. They managed to do what many bands have tried and fail, mix the old with the new. Hello Destiny brings back their basic more ska oriented sound and mixes it with harder pop-punk resulting in something not short of impressive. Great examples of this are the tracks The Only One which has a heavy ska sound, and Handjobs For Jesus which is a great hard pop-punk song with an amazing guitar solo that fully demonstrate how far the band has come in their musical execution.

Nevertheless, the album is not without flaws. A few songs like Without Me and Bury Me fall short of what they could have been which gets a bit frustrating. On the musical side, they rely heavily on the guitars to carry and give a backbone to the album, giving very little emphasis on the drums which mostly just maintains the beat. In the end, this isn’t something that badly damages the album because of how well it is executed, but it causes a lack of musical variety that, although not major, can be annoying for some.

The best Goldfinger album yet and one that hopefully shows the direction in which the band is going, Hello Destiny will please old and new fans alike. It shows that Goldfinger still have plenty left in the tank and that mixing things up doesn’t have to be a bad thing. They got up and made a stand out album that will make the listener feel very alive.

“It’s time to start a movement and there’s no time like right now. It’s time to get up, get up, get up. Why won’t you stand up, stand up, stand up?”

Recommended Songs:
Handjobs For Jesus
Get Up
Not Amused

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November 1st 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

My 15 review, been meaning to reach that number for a while but college refused to let me.

"They saw a burning bush
If I would starve myself for ninety days, well, I'd have visions of my own
Love your neighbor as yourself
If I loved myself last night does that mean I need to jerk my neighbor off as well? "

Part of lyrics from Handjobs For Jesus

Also, the lyrics in the review are from the song One More Time and Get Up.This Message Edited On 11.01.08

Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2008


Edit: What Would Jesus Do? This Message Edited On 11.01.08

November 1st 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

What does that mean? My internet abreviation class didn't seem to cover that one.This Message Edited On 11.01.08

November 1st 2008


what would jews devour

i really don't expect much of this releaseThis Message Edited On 11.01.08

November 1st 2008


Hm, I used to like Goldfinger hepas when I was younger, but I've really given up on them. Hard to really see this being that good, but I'll check it out if I've got time.

Digging: Bjork - Vulnicura

November 1st 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

Every time I see a comment like yours I suggest the same thing. Listen to the top 3 or all the recommended songs and if u like then go ahead and listen to it all, if you don't then you probably won't like the rest so don't waste your time, if you are a long time fan you might still want to listen to it all.

You already have 2 Mp3s here, and if possible get the top 2 (or #1 if you don't want more) I recommend, that should be enough to give you the feel of the album.This Message Edited On 11.01.08

Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2008


Cesar, I haven't heard this album as yet, but I felt this was a terrific review. Personally, I could have done with 1 less paragraph about the return to form & why, and had that replaced by a little more talk on specific songs... But that may just be a personal preference. Good stuff & worth a positive vote.

November 2nd 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man. Constructive critic is always welcome.

I see your point, and I looked into the specific songs part when I was proof reading, but couldn't expand a lot on it without breaking the "flow", in the end I just added the last sentence of the 4th paragraph.

If the fact that you have TS&TW as your avatar represents how much u like that album then it = awesomeness. One of my all time fav.

Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2008


Check my Album ratings and you will currently find it sitting all by it's lonesome out on top. Can't wait to see RA live for the first time in March.

January 12th 2009


Hangs up and Self-titled will always be my two favorite. Everything else they have put out was nothing special in my opinion.

June 18th 2009


Julian is probably the worst song I've ever heard.

June 20th 2009


Album Rating: 4.0

It's not original, but he sings it very well, plus it was just a lullaby for his son inserted as a Bonus Track... much much worst songs out there.

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