Noah and the Whale
Last Night On Earth


2.0
poor

Review

by Adam Knott EMERITUS
March 15th, 2011 | 71 replies | 14,347 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Noah And The Whale are looking back on their lives and they are happy. They are also profound. This is Noah And The Whale's happy and profound album.

I no longer understand how anybody could ever feel sad. When you feel sad, why don't you just decide to feel happy, instead? If Noah And The Whale can do it, so can you. Take all the easily identified sad parts of yourself and speed them up slightly. Buy a piano, hire a gospel choir, and get hold of a synth that only plays short bursts of low noise. Now you're happy! While you're in the groove for changing, decide to be profound as well. You know. Profound. Like things about dreams and lines and things changing. Brainstorm!

Because in just the same way that melancholy break-up trauma is an accessory you can attach to your songs vicariously through quivering violins, pseudo-introspective optimism is an add-on born from major piano chords and optimistic singalongs to choruses that don't mean anything. Nothing important, anyway. Lead single 'L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N' is every bit as obnoxious as its moniker overtly suggests. Does this make Noah And The Whale lovable geeks? No. No, because it's deliberate. Absolutely everything is deliberate.

But this is not the deliberation of any sort of craft; this is deliberation of direction, music which sounds happy not because it is born from happiness but because it is meant to be happy, intended to be joyous, for people who like the idea of genuine emotional connection but don't want the hassle of actually coping with any. And the characters that Charlie Fink constructs look like characters in much the same way, like the bodies of Tom Petty characters without any of his insight. It's in the way that even the 'first-person' tales are laughably transparent and removed; The First Days Of Spring was all about 'I' - Last Night On Earth is in essence the 'He' volume of that particular device, and just as distant from any real outpouring.

Some of it's pleasant! Only mildly so, but pleasant nonetheless. So tap your feet to 'Tonight's The Kind Of Night' - an empty tale of potential played out above a pleasant enough beat. Wonder at the pretty and oh-so-deep interlude that is 'Paradise Stars' with its juxtaposition of rippling electronics and clean piano. Join in with the weightless refrain of closer 'Old Joy' and it's kind-of-philosophical outlook on, umm, life. Yeah, that's what Noah And The Whale's new album is about: life. It's about all the happy-go-lucky moments you remember from teen drama series without any of that pesky exposition. And some other happy stuff like 'pendulum hips' and destiny. So sing along and be happy! It's that easy, after all.



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Noah and the Whale move on....

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"Noah and the Whale go Broadway!" ...or something along those lines....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Ponton
Emeritus
March 15th 2011



5775 Comments


it really is that easy

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Knott-
Emeritus
March 15th 2011



10193 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

alternative summary:

this one's optimistic

Gyromania
March 15th 2011



14641 Comments


Haha! As I've already said, great review dude.

SharkEthic
March 15th 2011



572 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good job dude! Pretty much my thoughts exactly. Especially the deliberation-part...the whole album
just seems very forced.
Pos'd

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2011



23606 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

nice you actually did it!

The First Days of Spring was a chore to get through, I won't bother with this.

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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2011



7224 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, but I love this.

I was expecting a lower score.

Knott-
Emeritus
March 15th 2011



10193 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nah 'cause I mean this is not a chore to get through like TFDOShit but it's still trite as fuck.

Crymsonblaze
March 15th 2011



7310 Comments


Whenever I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2011



23606 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

so bad. worst Caleb led hype train of all time.

iFghtffyrdmns
March 15th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is fucking fantastic. Way to go Knott, you really knocked it outta the park with this one.

Sanders
March 15th 2011



2323 Comments


Love that you used that first paragraph.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2011



23606 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

tbh I was disappointed he didn't just submit that paragraph as the whole review








jay kay jay kay

except not really, that would have been awesome

couldwinarabbit
March 15th 2011



6996 Comments


this is amazing adam. Fantastic job. Probably going to 1 this on principal.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2011



23606 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I don't want to actually listen to this but I probably will just so I can give it a 1.5 or something

iluvtweepop
March 15th 2011



463 Comments


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i really llike this band. great review although i probably won't agree with you when i listen to it :PPP

Tyrael
March 15th 2011



20394 Comments


Great review Knott!
Would you consider this to be better than The First Day of Spring?

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Knott-
Emeritus
March 15th 2011



10193 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yes. Definitely.

It's hard to make a boring album given the blueprints of quicker tempos and gospel choirs.

Romulus
March 15th 2011



8371 Comments


1. Life Is Life


this band.

Knott-
Emeritus
March 15th 2011



10193 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

basically that

Irving
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2011



7007 Comments


Neg. I thought this review straw-manned Noah and the Whale and...

Hahah. Jk. Great review - pos. Have enough happy in my life; will stay the fuck away from this.

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