Snowing
I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted


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Review

by Eno USER (34 Reviews)
December 4th, 2010 | 468 replies | 42,784 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On their new record, Snowing adamantly refuse to tame their songcraft, creating a sprawling, personalized record.

11 of 12 thought this review was well written

To all those who found Snowing's debut EP Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit to be messy and aimless, it's important to note from the get go that these detractors have not been stripped of in order to create a more cohesive full-length; rather every quirk of their previous work has been amplified on I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted. The guitars are more reminiscent of their work in Street Smart Cyclist, going off on a miniature tangents within songs, creating a lively backdrop. Vocalist John Galm explores the similar child-like heartbreak that was present on their demo, this time with a roaring, inebriated passion that lets loose all over the record. Even the song titles have become increasingly more inside-joke related. For those looking for structure and coherence in their debut full-length, Snowing have put out the opposite of such linear hopes; I Could Do Whatever I Wanted is a sprawling record, filled with an abundance of Kinsella jamming and sporadic, smile-inducing gems.

An immediate aspect of the record is that it's blatantly personal, a musical equivalent to spilling one's guts out while intoxicated. John Galm's lyrics often find him conflicted with identity and self-awareness, from the first song off the record singing "Now let me contradict the last few things I wrote, like, 'I'm not morbid, I'm just forgetful' because I'm morbid; the dam is fucking breaking". If Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit had Galm first touching on such subjects with some degree of musical subtlety, Galm lets loose of any pretense and tackles his regrets with a drunken bitterness. There's a particular emphasis on the blending of nonchalant tales of drinking with more personal conflicts explored, which can be seen as a contributing factor to the abrupt, angsty confessions. The honesty is as present in the music, the guitarists embracing no limits to any particular sound or any coherency as far as approach. The structure of the album is akin much to the spontaneity and unpredictable structure as Cap'n Jazz's compilation Analphabetapolothology and other Emo anthologies. While this trait may bewilder and often lead to listeners getting lost mid-play, it enhances the decidedly human qualities that give so much charm to Snowing's music.

While their debut full length does signify a change in approach for the band, Snowing are still the same band to fans and haters alike. In fact, the elongated nature of the album may be a turnoff to fans of their previous release. Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit had five distinct songs that worked in their own right and had a flow, while ICDWIWIIW has eleven separate tracks that often awkwardly operate when listened to in an album format. However this aspect is countered by an increased passion on the band's part, an honesty with the listener that magnifies Galm's vulnerable personality. The instrumentation is diversified, with more traditional angular riffs on tracks such as "It's Just A Party", while tracks like "Damp Feathers" have the guitarists building around the vocals, creating an atmosphere pertinent to the building of the song. While the record gets fairly homogenous, thorough listens will have the listener coming across particular gems such as the confessional, anthemic "So I Shotgunned A Beer and Went Back To Bed"("You swore that you would live your life without regret. Well what do you wait for?"), as well as the celebratory, jangly closer "I Could Be Better Forever". In the end, I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted is for the listener to objectify, whether it be a personal statement or just a collection of twinkly Emo jams. Whatever it is, Snowing knows what they're doing.



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Enotron
December 4th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah i wrote a lot this time, please point out any noticeable typos.

but record is the fucking shit, get on it plz sputnik

Josh D.
December 4th 2010



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Man, fuck your emotional bullshit.

Didn't know if this band was still around actually. Will have to check this out.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 4th 2010



10584 Comments


Enotron, you have really been impressing me lately, this review was superb.

Digging: United Nations - The Next Four Years

Enotron
December 4th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

He's mostly singing this time around, less horsed yelling.

but yeah i'm actually catching a few of their shows in december, souped

edit: much appreciated as always xeno

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2010



17189 Comments


right after i submitted my year end list this has to pop up and throw a wrench in everything. Having
"Mark Z. Danielewski" as a song title makes me want to have a conversation with these dudes if I ever
go to PA

Enotron
December 4th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

it's actually mad good adam, you'd enjoy it(unless you've already listened, that is).

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 4th 2010



10584 Comments


I've been convinced to get it.

right after i submitted my year end list this has to pop up and throw a wrench in everything


2010 isn't over man! I don't think I will ever do one, this year has been very odd for me.


Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2010



17189 Comments


listening to it now. only on the first song but I'm in love

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 4th 2010



10584 Comments


But for cereal Eno, keep it up. This shit could be featured.

Hep Kat
December 4th 2010



14976 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

second song is partially about me. i'm actually serious

Digging: Nipsey Hussle - Crenshaw

Enotron
December 4th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

elaborate, i'm actually really interested

Josh D.
December 4th 2010



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't find a place to listen to this :/

Enotron
December 4th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

you mean the download link or a place to listen without disturbing the people around you?

if it's the former, the band posted a link on their facebook page that leads to a download link.

Hep Kat
December 4th 2010



14976 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

it's not i'm lying. it's a cool amalgamation of my first and last name though



HOWEVER



when the new boysetsfire album drops look for me in the credits :'). ilu nathan if you read this

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2010



17189 Comments


So what was it like writing the best book of the last decade lol
@eno: read house of leaves

Enotron
December 4th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i know the writer, just thought hep was referring to the actual lyrics of the song

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 4th 2010



10584 Comments


The House of Leaves has been popping up everywhere lately, and it has been on my "To Read" list for too long. I a Palahniuk-Fag so I've been re-reading some of that stuff.

Josh D.
December 4th 2010



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They have a free download on Facebook, so I will just do that.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2010



17189 Comments


house of leaves will blow your mind on just how a book can be written.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 4th 2010



10584 Comments


Indulge me redskyformiles. I hear it's a mindfuck, is that true?



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