My Heart To Joy
Reasons to Be


3.5
great

Review

by Dustin S. USER (10 Reviews)
March 9th, 2011 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "It's not the same without you.."

Hidden in the impressive roster of Topshelf Records (consisting of Defeater, Pianos Become the Teeth, Native, and Into It. Over It.), My Heart To Joy have created their own comfortable niche mixing post-hardcore, midwestern emo, and even pop punk inspired guitar riffs and vocal melodies. Releasing this short but oh so enjoyable EP just before their disbandment, My Heart To Joy have definitely gone out with a bang.

"Farewell To A Raincloud" is a perfect opener for this EP and even works as a great introduction to My Heart To Joy. Working on a groove that is as infectious as it is representative of what is known as emotive post-hardcore, MHTJ utilize their knack for catchy guitar riffs and vocal melodies that are sure to induce sing-alongs at your local venues. The greatest thing about this release is that My Heart To Joy never have a moment of awkwardness. It makes itself comfortable with the listener and creates a warm feeling of bliss through the excellent musicianship and somewhat cliche (but in a good way) lyrics.

No album is without its flaws, though. The one flaw that may lower a listener's opinion on Reason To Be is how incredibly short it is. Clocking in at only eleven minutes, it will leave you wanting more (which will sadly never happen). It is nearly impossible to overlook this problem, but it in no way lessens the enjoyment of the music that does exist here.

Reason To Be is a release that any fan of "the wave" and all related styles of music should give a chance to. The EP is warm, inviting, and catchy as hell while only being marred by its short duration.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2011


31629 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/soundoff.php?albumid=69556

Silly monkeys

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

whywontyoudie
March 9th 2011


3063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i accidentally put "Reason To Be" instead of "Reasons To Be" since it's just 7" on my itunes. damn my memory.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2011


31629 Comments


No, you got the title right

pmmets07
March 9th 2011


5931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review mayne

whywontyoudie
March 9th 2011


3063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you for posting that list with this in it pmmets, it's all i've been listening to all day

whywontyoudie
March 9th 2011


3063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

now it doesn't look like one big messy paragraph, that was bugging me.

pmmets07
March 9th 2011


5931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i only checked these guys out since i was going to their record release, turns out i really like them. too bad they're breaking up.

pizzamachine
March 9th 2011


12572 Comments


Nice review therrrre whywontyoudie! Pos'd.

WeepingBanana
July 26th 2011


10217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just streamed this on their bandcamp and i was really impressed

i could have seen them a few months back but i decided to leave early. i'm fucking kicking myself so hard for that



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