Hellogoodbye
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4.5
superb

Review

by Adam Knott EMERITUS
January 17th, 2011 | 74 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dear Music-lover:

Do you like pop music? Pop isn't a genre any more, if it ever was, but it's certainly a mindset.

Fuck Westlife, cheap ballads and cheesy lyrics. Fuck Rihanna, provocation and dancefloors. Even fuck fun., cute melodies and happiness. Fuck Britney Spears. You know what the world doesn't need? More apologetic bullshit, more dubstep bridges, more trends. Fuck trends. Trends are for the insecure.

What the world does need is more audacity. We know you love choruses, so our songs have choruses, huge ones, obvious ones, gorgeous ones, passionate ones, and hell yes, catchy ones. What use is a pop song if you can't sing along the second time you hear it? And we'll rip off 'Ode to Joy' if we fucking want to, and you will love it because the words we'll be singing are the most brilliantly simple words that ever held any sort of meaning, like 'I didn't mean to scare you - you just seemed really nice.' And we know that it's stupid. So do you. So we're on a level playing field. Finally.

We will auto-tune the shit out of half the vocals and there will be shameless synths in half of the songs, so people will dismiss us as another shit band jumping on the electronic music bandwagon because we're not talented enough to play real music but they'll still download 'Here (In Your Arms)' and sing along when their friend plays 'Stuck To You' in a semi-ironic fashion at a house party. We will write about love and only love, not gritty relationships or detailed break-ups but just the unadulterated awesome feeling you get when you love somebody and the terrible, unconsolable feeling you get when it all goes wrong. Oh, and those butterflies you get when you're a little bit scared of it.

This probably sounds fucking awful but we're pretty confident it isn't because here's the thing: we don't patronise our listeners. You are not a demographic. You are a person listening to an album and if that album is our album we're not going to take you for granted. We won't write the same song twice. We can do guilty-pleasure, we can do an epic closer and we can do a twee acoustic track. All of these things are what they look like but we're steadfast in our belief that they're great examples of what they are. We think we're influential, not because we're groundbreaking, or because we're louder or quieter or cooler than the last or next band you'll fall in love with, but because we're seriously. Not. Fucking. Around.

Fuck cheap ballads, provocation, cute melodies, happiness, dancefloors and cheesy lyrics, absolutely everywhere but here. Fuck you if you think we're wrong.

Cheers.

- Hellogoodbye



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Knott-
Emeritus
January 17th 2011


10195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WHATEVER

Ponton
Emeritus
January 17th 2011


5793 Comments


hell yeah

SeaAnemone
January 17th 2011


20304 Comments


you're so silly Knott-

I saw this in your recently rated albums and an audible "whaaaaa?" dripped out of my lips

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bloc
January 17th 2011


34848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

3 songs from this kick major ass

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Knott-
Emeritus
January 17th 2011


10195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I fucking love this album Eric.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 17th 2011


5793 Comments


reviews knotty and stuff. pos

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2011


15035 Comments


you didnt like their latest which probably means this is farts but will probs check it out anyways homes

Knott-
Emeritus
January 17th 2011


10195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is pretty different to that but the single is a pretty good track to go off.

Also the closer is unequivocally awesome and if you don't think so you're a dick.

SeaAnemone
January 17th 2011


20304 Comments


what are so many curse words doing in a Hellogoodbye review, this is preposterous. fun read, though

Knott-
Emeritus
January 17th 2011


10195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mmmm that's a fair point, actually. If this review mattered I would change it!

Knott-
Emeritus
January 17th 2011


10195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You've got your airplane
And I've got the plain air of here
You're gone, I've gone insane
I wonder when you'll reappear
I'm just some new kid
Who can't get his mind off of you
I know that it's stupid

Ire
January 17th 2011


41779 Comments


im knott going to miss the opportunity to make a knott joke.

Knott-
Emeritus
January 17th 2011


10195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I almost put one in the review, that's how blasé I currently feel.

Defeater
January 17th 2011


5782 Comments


review is so rebellious

bailar14
January 17th 2011


1603 Comments


felicidades on the review senor

enrique has a soft spot for this band

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2011


23818 Comments


great stuff Knott, really well executed concept. pos. this really doesn't seem like something I'd like though

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I feel so influential now that you have reviewed this Adam.

;-)

Gyromania
January 17th 2011


15706 Comments


WHATEVER

lol. Good review, knott.

Knott-
Emeritus
January 17th 2011


10195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just waiting to run out of steam matttt

you were definitely influential davey but so was the lack of an overwhelmingly positive review

BallsToTheWall
January 17th 2011


44351 Comments


I would personally hug each band member for bolstering this incredulous album title.

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