This Time Next Year
Drop Out Of Life


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2011 | 147 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: simple, enjoyable pop-punk.

No matter how many times I’ve tried, I have almost never enjoyed pop-punk music. I often find that pop-punk albums are either too sketchy, or the complete opposite, so overproduced and glossy that it has little lasting impact. Likewise, I find their singers to either be to awful, or to have too squeaky clean vocals to merit listening. I’m pretty picky with my pop-punk music, but I have great news my friends: I have found a pop-punk album that I actually enjoy listening to! It isn’t because I have suddenly changed my mind about my feelings towards the genre, no, it’s more that Drop Out Of Life successfully checks off everything I ever wanted done on my pop-punk list.

Although the album claims a rather smooth listen, they aren’t exactly catering to babies. They’re still throwing in lyrics like “fucking prick”, and destroying ears with gang vocals, they’re just not doing it often. In fact, more often than not the band decides to play songs in half-time, which is both a good and bad idea. It’s a good idea because it often ushers that “stuff just got epic” feel, but there’s a problem. The band plays in half time so often that they unintentionally make songs drag, and no one wants that. This is problematic since the songs are already quite slow by themselves - forcing half time so often makes it seem more like an alternative rock album.

This Time Next Year have been compared to many old and contemporary pop-punk bands, but I believe they sound closest to Yellowcard. Like Yellowcard, they are best when dishing out sunshine soaked melodies that ooze happiness and drip joy. Apparently knowing this, the album is an absolutely mushy affair, which brings to mind embarrassing first kisses (or even hugs), and the crushes that went with them. Dishing out handfuls of jello and large scoops of vanilla ice cream, the band is clearly attempting to hit the pleasure centers in your brain. The music is completely reliant on its melodies, which turns out to be good, because the melodies are good. Top that off with excellent production values, great drumming, catchy riffs, and likeable vocals, Drop Out Of Life is an exceedingly enjoyable pop-punk album.



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pizzamachine
October 22nd 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This needed a review. sup

AtavanHalen
October 22nd 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is good, but I can't get over how much they sound like Green Day.

AtavanHalen
October 22nd 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This sounds more or less exactly like early Green Day.

pizzamachine
October 22nd 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh no you didn't

I'll admit I'm no pop-punk expert

AtavanHalen
October 22nd 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

He's got that exact same nasal delivery as early Billie Joe. Guitar tones and stuff are very Dookie-esque in parts, too.

pizzamachine
October 22nd 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

crap I didn't know that hahaha

DurzoBlint
October 22nd 2011


1195 Comments


The names green day and yellowcard aren't really selling this to me... but I shall give it a go. I
even enjoyed the bunny the bear >_> so I may like this.

pizzamachine
October 22nd 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"I even enjoyed the bunny the bear >_> so I may like this."

wow you must not be very picky




Acanthus
October 22nd 2011


9545 Comments


Another review, another pos!

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pizzamachine
October 22nd 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Another thank you!

OneMoreRoland
October 22nd 2011


1053 Comments


Green Day lol

Kris.
October 22nd 2011


12511 Comments


their first album is solid
guess i should check this out

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
October 22nd 2011


3663 Comments


Another review, another pos! [2]

pizzamachine
October 22nd 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

:P

WashboardSuds
October 23rd 2011


5043 Comments


nice review pizza as always

while we're mentioning yellowcard I have to register my hatred for them

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whywontyoudie
October 23rd 2011


3063 Comments


great review like always buddy

pizzamachine
October 23rd 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys! :] whywontyoudie! Hello!

whywontyoudie
October 23rd 2011


3063 Comments


God I need to get on here a little more often lol, I feel like I'm missing out on a lot of really cool stuff as of late.

pizzamachine
October 23rd 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah man you're missing out on alotta stuff, sputnik is crazy right now.

Ovrot
October 23rd 2011


10554 Comments


YES! A PIZZAMACHINE YELLOWCARD REVIEW



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