Into It. Over It.
Proper


4.0
excellent

Review

by Muzik Dizcovery Reviews USER (19 Reviews)
September 26th, 2011 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The instrumentals are more polished, the hooks are stronger, and Weiss officially emerges as a superstar in the emo/indie/pop-punk scene, and a man capable of crafting brilliant releases in any form.

Over the past three or four years, there has been no artist as devoted to concepts (except possibly Casey Crescenzo) as Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. From 52 Weeks, a massive project that involved releasing a new song every week for a year, to Twelve Towns, a collection of splits that were based off twelve different cities and the experiences that Weiss had in those towns, to IIOI/KOJI, where Weiss wrote about five Chicago neighborhoods, Into It. Over It had never released an actual cohesive full-length release. Proper is the release that Into It. Over It fans have been waiting years for, and the amount of work put into it is easily noticed. The instrumentals are more polished, the hooks are stronger, and Weiss officially emerges as a superstar in the emo/indie/pop-punk scene, and a man capable of crafting brilliant releases in any form.

The major difference between Proper and Weiss' previous recordings as Into It. Over It is the amount of time put into the recording process of the album. As the recording time has grown, both the sound and the quality of the content has been proportionate. Growing from three hours a song on 52 Weeks to the fifteen long days put into the eleven songs of Proper definitely helped create the extremely slick sound found in songs like "Discretion & Depressing People", where the guitar, bass, and drums are perfectly mixed and the buildups move at the perfect pace. Helping bring this album up to the next level is Ed Rose, producer extraordinaire, who previously worked with Houston Calls, Motion City Soundtrack, and The Get Up Kids. His hand is easily heard throughout the record, as he is as important to the refined sound of Proper as the recording time.

One of Weiss' biggest strengths is his ability to take many different sounds and stick it into his own music. Pop-punk, 90's emo, and indie-rock are merged together in different amounts to create a wide variety of tunes that don't run together. "P R O P E R" and "Discretion & Depressing People" stick closer to the pop-punk side of the Into It. Over It spectrum, with crushing drums courtesy of Stay Ahead Of The Weather/CSTVT singer/guitarist Nick Wakim as well as some of the best hooks heard in Into It. Over It songs to date. "Fortunate Friends" and "Where Your Nights Often End" encompass techniques heard in 90's emo, while adding their modern touch. The former can be thought of Into It. Over It's version of Transit's "Take What You Can", indicating that the two excellent groups know exactly what sounds great, as both songs are among the best in each band's catalog.

However, the aforementioned "Where Your Nights Often End" takes hands down the prize for the best track on the record and in Evan Weiss' discography. The "ballad" of the album, Weiss has never sung more smoothly and passionately, while the twinkling guitar riffs and snare taps bring the listener back to the best of the emo movement. This flawless song symbolizes the end of the transformation of Weiss' lo-fi "bedroom recordings" to gorgeous, rich sounding masterpieces.

The one critique of Into It. Over It's newfound accent on recording quality may be the loss of the personal feeling that his former records have given. However, Weiss' personality along with his introspective and experiential lyrics let Proper hit closer to home than the rest of his discography. The enhanced recordings allow the listener to engulf his or her self in Weiss' stories and messages. "The Frames That Used To Greet Me" is a return to the simple acoustic guitar found in much of 52 Weeks, and the recording feels out of place among the rest of the tracks. However, it's a simple reminder that Weiss knows that his imperfections brought him into the spotlight, and Proper is the key that will lock him in indie immortality.



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Gyromania
September 27th 2011


16075 Comments


Great review, just try to italicize the album title so readers don't read it as a literal part of your sentence and get confused

Gyromania
September 27th 2011


16075 Comments


Use this: [ i ] (insert content here) [ / i ] and whatever's in-between the brackets will be
italicized - just make sure to remove the spaces

Leatherneck
September 27th 2011


661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeah amazing review, i read it on the original site before. it's really nice that you're posting em here as well

Hep Kat
September 27th 2011


15362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this is really good

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iFghtffyrdmns
September 27th 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuck yeah casey, awesome write up.
I definitely like this more than his other releases. Such a nice dude, talked with him for a good 20 minutes about the whole Snowing break up, so bummed haha

TomF
November 14th 2011


7 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Other than the start of the first song, I think it's pretty meh.

DoubtGin
December 1st 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet

Lenix
September 10th 2012


793 Comments


it's good but nothing too memorable, the title track is sweet

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2012


50951 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet

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ThunderNeutral21
September 10th 2012


3864 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this guy fucking sucks

henryChinaski
October 29th 2012


2847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuckin rules. Why's there so few comments. Nice review.

ThunderNeutral21
October 29th 2012


3864 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

cause its fucking shit

henryChinaski
October 29th 2012


2847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And why is that?

ThunderNeutral21
October 29th 2012


3864 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

because it's bad

henryChinaski
October 31st 2012


2847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Makes sense.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2013


9067 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Discretion & Depressing People rules

dimsim3478
April 9th 2013


5408 Comments


Oh man, can't get enough of Evan this year. New IIOI end of Sept.

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dimsim3478
October 9th 2013


5408 Comments


For a few more hours, this is free on No Sleep Records' Bandcamp. That's right, kids, free FLAC for all.

http://nosleepsampler.com/album/proper

guitardude594
December 16th 2013


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album!



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