Park Jefferson
Better Boy


3.5
great

Review

by Mary Paultese USER (35 Reviews)
November 1st, 2011 | 6 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Park Jefferson's third self-released EP is a bit "better" than just three poorly produced modern emo songs.

Spending a lot of time in any one genre of music can be good or bad. Sure, it’s great to hear so many similar artists who clearly draw from the same influences that spawned the genre in the first place (like the mass of pop punk bands that seem to all worship Jawbreaker, for example). However, hearing band after band with literally no sonic distinction between one another can become tiresome. Thus is the current state of emo; there is a multitude of twinkly emo bands with Kinsella-esque vocals and mathy (for lack of a better word) instrumentation in the vein of American Football. Luckily, this sound simply works for some bands, Park Jefferson included, who managed to craft a very enjoyable three song EP bursting with emotion and catchiness.

The Better Boy EP is roughly ten minutes long, not including the bonus acoustic version of the title track, and while not groundbreaking, it presents enough new ideas to keep the listener coming back. The frantic vocals, slipping in and out of key at times, are complemented by the honest lyrical content and interesting yet not overly-complex instrumentation. The title track, and clear standout on the EP, features lyrics such as “Do you remember this like I remember you?,” which are delivered sincerely over a buildup that eventually bursts into an emotionally heavy transitional section.

Unfortunately, the EP suffers from subpar production, causing the vocals to become lost beneath a wall of sound at times, and the guitar tone could be improved as well. Given that the EP was self-released, the production quality is not a huge deterrent, but simply an area that the band will hopefully improve on future releases. With Better Boy, Park Jefferson have demonstrated that they can be a good emo band. The real question is whether or not they will progress as a band, put out one or two great records, and then follow suit and break up like their predecessors.



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iFghtffyrdmns
November 1st 2011


7047 Comments


so quick! nice job, I did not realize how short this EP is, sorry I didn't provide you with something more substantial haha

solid write up though, and I must say I do love me all this modern emo shit I just eat it up

pmmets07
November 1st 2011


5914 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks, and dude this fit in so well with the stuff i've been listening to lately. i actually just
downloaded the Dowsing EP that you're digging because i read an old post you made about it on one of
my reviews. shit is so good



iFghtffyrdmns
November 1st 2011


7047 Comments


yeah dowsing is super awesome.
2/10 of the review something random's submitted, woo!

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2012


50872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's hard to be da better boy

Digging: Bobby Barnett - Little Wounds

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 29th 2012


50872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Better Boy is the best song ever

pmmets07
December 30th 2012


5914 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yea but that god awful guitar tone



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