Nothing Rhymes With David
Double Negative, All The Way!


4.0
excellent

Review

by Michael Philp USER (42 Reviews)
May 11th, 2011 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A step in the right direction

Looking back on Nothing Rhymes With David’s debut EP, Beard Logic Riddles, it’s clear that the man behind it, David James Young, had quite a walk to go before he would make a major impact on the music scene. Double Negative, All the Way is the next step on that journey, and it gets Young in a comfortable position to prepare for the next stage. The flaws that were present on BLD are polished here, certainly not to perfection, but worthy of praise just the same. Beyond that, though, there’s also been a general improvement overall.

NRWD’s guitar work is now more fluid and vibrant, ringing with passion and a noticeable attempt to distance itself from some of Young’s contemporaries. “Useless Blues (End of Act One)” houses possibly the best example of this, with NRWD using heavy distortion to create something akin to Tom Waits’ “Going Out West”. The change in style from basic folk to experimental rock works well, and it’s a shame that there aren’t more examples of it on the EP, as it’s exactly what Young needs to incorporate more. Not to say that the rest of the EP can’t stand up on its own, it performs that feat marvellously.

Though they weren’t necessarily an area of underperformance on his last effort, there has been a great improvement in Young’s hooks. There’s no denying the catchiness of “Flocking Fish to Sinking Ships”, or “No Exchanges (Act One, Scene One)”. Their choruses provide accessibility, getting the listener comfortable enough to pick up some of the more intriguing aspects of the EP, such as a literature motif that rewards further listening (“Let’s go see “Othello” with an amateur cast”), as well as easing them into Young’s nasally vocal style, which is yet another area that he shows improvement in. He’s more assured here with his vocals, confident in what he’s trying to accomplish without falling into the trap of arrogance.

It’s not a giant leap forward, but it would have been silly to ever expect that. Instead, Nothing Rhymes With David is taking a slow, but assured journey. In music history, this has often proven to be the better path (the alternative often ending up with crashing and burning horribly), and it seems to be working for Young. Double Negative, All the Way proves that he has potential, and it’s not being squandered in the slightest.



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Eclectic
May 12th 2011


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short As Fuck

Ire
May 12th 2011


41822 Comments


ye

hvnt herd this

DiceMan
May 12th 2011


7068 Comments


NWRD


inb4 atavan

AtavanHalen
May 12th 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

kill people burn shit fuck school

Ire
May 12th 2011


41822 Comments


swag

Captain North
May 12th 2011


6791 Comments


It really sounds like you're trying not to hurt DavIDs feelings. Be a man, call him out on his shit.

Ire
May 12th 2011


41822 Comments


GOD DAMN GOD DAMN IM A BRAND NEW MAN

AtavanHalen
May 12th 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

penny wong

Eclectic
May 12th 2011


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It really sounds like you're trying not to hurt DavIDs feelings. Be a man, call him out on his shit.

Funny, because this is how I genuinely feel about the EP, no bull shit in there whatsoever.

Eclectic
May 12th 2011


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Atavan, stop troll rating your own music.

Ire
May 12th 2011


41822 Comments


yeah god dammit lemme do it

Captain North
May 12th 2011


6791 Comments


king kong

Mordecai.
May 12th 2011


8282 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

david send me a link for this now or i will choke slam you

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2011


20857 Comments


The YoungStar is back!

In addition to the NWRD error, there is also BDL. It seems you have an issue with abbreviations Michael.

If we don't get a link soon, I'll be following up Mordy's choke-slam with a frog splash.

AtavanHalen
May 12th 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

http://nothingrhymeswithdavid.bandcamp.com

Buy my shit or don't

Vooligan
May 12th 2011


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this, a lot. Fucking great EP. Much better than Beard Logic.

Nice review as always, Michael.

Eclectic
May 12th 2011


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In addition to the NWRD error, there is also BDL. It seems you have an issue with abbreviations Michael

Both have now been fixed, thanks for the pickups and the compliments!

Mordecai.
May 12th 2011


8282 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I'll be following up Mordy's choke-slam with a frog splash.


i've been telling you for years now, let's become a wrestling duo!

AtavanHalen
May 12th 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS OF THE WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRRLD

Mordecai.
May 12th 2011


8282 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

a mexican wresting trio. yes.

El Mordaciesta, DaveyNiño, AtavanLibre.




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