Bayside
Killing Time


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Knott EMERITUS
March 14th, 2011 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And again.

Conversations about Long Island's Bayside have a tendency to make the band out as a group of struggling try-hards who mask their mediocrity under the weight of a touring schedule and are yet to release a truly astounding album in spite of their ability to throw killer punches when it counts. While the latter sentiment holds true for many a listener, it's important to acknowledge straight off the bat that Bayside have never released an average record either; on the contrary, four studio albums in, their back catalogue seems the epitome of consistent. Surprise, surprise: you can make that five, and throw Killing Time on the same shelf as everything else the band have released.

That means that the follow-up to 2008's Shudder comes with the same list of pros and cons as all that came before it: 50% killer chorus, 40% veritable anthem, 10% slight disappointment. It will come as no shock that when Bayside get it right, we're looking at the most impassioned and energetic pop-punk of 2011, to the point where the closing title-track's call to stop 'walking single file' provokes an almost violent reaction in even the least frustrated of listeners, and where vitriolic songs like 'Already Gone' create fictional characters in your head just so you have somewhere tangible to channel Anthony Raneri's rage.

That rage is coupled in no uncertain terms with production values which create tension and bitterness in almost every gritty guitar and rock-solid drum, and that atmosphere ties Killing Time together even when dull songwriting threatens to allow it to fall apart; 'Sinking And Swimming On Long Island', for example, is an unfortunately simplistic track which wastes its first two minutes stuck between lyrical anti-climaxes and predictable instrumentation, before garnering a new lease of life from somewhere in its latter stages courtesy of a hopeful wordless chant and bridge. But the moments that fall flat are few and far between, and although 'On Love, On Life' should be a clunker of an acoustic track, its blasé tone lends it a familiar Bayside charm nonetheless.

And it's that charm which ultimately sees Killing Time add more fuel to the fire which burns underneath the constant whispers that maybe Bayside's next album will be their masterpiece. Let's be frank: it probably won't. But at the same time, Killing Time, like all of its predecessors, stakes a claim for alt-rock acclaim when the year closes out and serves as ample evidence that the band are not prepared to rest on their laurels; any group capable of fitting as many key changes into one song as they do here on the fabulous 'Mona Lisa' is obviously still conscious of their capacity to innovate. But yes, Killing Time is essentially another Bayside record, and yes, that also means it's fantastic.



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Knott-
Emeritus
March 14th 2011


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

boooooooooooooom

Defeater
March 14th 2011


5782 Comments


are the vocals less...you know...

Knott-
Emeritus
March 14th 2011


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

less awesome? no

i have heard people say he sounds less like kermit on this album though

SeaAnemone
March 14th 2011


20834 Comments


cool review from somebody that obviously knows their shit about the band...

I take it this is an ok starting point considering how consistent they are?

Knott-
Emeritus
March 14th 2011


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks!

Yeah man, it is. If you want an in-road, though, check out my Shudder review, I posted a representative list of links for someone on the first comments page.

ConsiderPhlebas
March 14th 2011


6157 Comments


Cool review. Looking forward to hearing this.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 14th 2011


10621 Comments


Shudder was kind of cool, will look into. Good read, man.

marksellsuswallets
March 14th 2011


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

But this is really bad =(

Knott-
Emeritus
March 14th 2011


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Does not compute.

WashboardSuds
March 14th 2011


5035 Comments


review was really good, Pos'd.

I've yet to hear this Bayside album

Digging: Sachiko M, Toshimaru Nakamura & Otomo... - Good Morning Good Night

WashboardSuds
March 14th 2011


5035 Comments


shudder was good though

marksellsuswallets
March 14th 2011


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I dunno, there's just been something "off" about their music since Shudder. Some of the vocal melodies are really irritating and Mona Lisa is especially fucking terrible.

WashboardSuds
March 14th 2011


5035 Comments


walking wounded was actually my favorite of theirs

Irving
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2011


7318 Comments


Solid review Knott. I found that its simplistic tone gave off an "nothing spectacular-ish" vibe which oddly fit strangely well with the notion of "yet another almost-there Bayside album".

Will look into checking this out. Eventually. I hate real life getting in the way of me and my music lol.

Digging: Portishead - Dummy

WatchItExplode
March 15th 2011


3303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So yeah, this is an awesome album and a fine bit of writing.

Personally, I thought Mona Lisa was an album highlight.

Knott-
Emeritus
March 15th 2011


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks, man. Yeah, I love that track, it's so catchy it's ridiculous.

WatchItExplode
March 15th 2011


3303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love the little Beatles homage in the bridge. I also like Sinking and Swimming so...

Slum
March 15th 2011


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's about time

marksellsuswallets
March 15th 2011


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Mona Lisa is probably in my bottom three Bayside songs.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2011


23973 Comments


solid review like always Adam. this doesn't really sound like my thing though.

Digging: Taylor Swift - 1989



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