Review Summary: This definitely isn't the worst album I've ever heard but it's really only okay; not as good as everyone makes it out to be.
Before I start this review, I have to be completely honest with you guys: I don't like metalcore. It gets on my nerves with it's loud repetitive breakdowns annoyingly tuneless screaming vocals, and showoff wildly drumming. So imagine my surprise when I listen to this record an...hey actually enjoy it a little bit. Having that said I really don't think that its all cracked up to be, and it certainly has a number of flaws which I will now go over. The first flaw is the concept. The concept is too simple, its just a breakup album, that's been done so many times before its not even funny. Jacob Bannon is a pretty good writer but this concept fails him just a little bit.
Secondly and this is where the big flaws come in is Jacob Bannon's vocals. They're awful! Awful, awful, awful. The whole album he sounds like a frightened donkey screaming for cover. Which is a shame because his lyrics are really good. But you have to follow along and read them because they're is no way in hell you'll understand them just by listening along. They're not even remotely comprehendible, and for me that drags the album down a lot because its supremely distracting. Now he does occasionally use cleaner vocals and that is a very good thing. Too bad they aren't that solid either, his regular voice has a bad range and is even less tuneful than his screaming.
There are a couple highlights though. Hell to Pay and Homewrecker are both ok because they're pretty slow and soft in comparison to the rest of the album and the self titled song Jane Doe is the closer. It's a pretty good closer even though it runs waaay too long, they could have just cut it in have and it would have been very good instead of pretty good. Overall if you took out all the pointless and irritating wailing then this would be a great album. But with all the lyric looking up and headaches I had to endure, it stands as it's only ok.
"Not the only reason. There are tons of issues here. For one, there's a lot of places where you need commas and you don't have them. And, there's just the fact that in general your style of writing isn't very good. And that's just disregarding your opinion on the album."
okay ill work on comma placement but what do you mean about bad writing style??
"But, it's a genre you don't like. If you're listening to an album in a genre you don't like, chances are that you won't like it, so again you're not going to be very objective about it."
but i liked this ok so your arguement doesn't make sense