Emo Side Project
The End of Something


2.5
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Review

by Iamthe Nightstars USER (8 Reviews)
February 29th, 2012 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A more cry baby version of Owen.

Sometimes a musician, an acoustic guitar, and their soul are all that is really needed to comprise an extraordinary album. Andrew McShan attempted this in his 2010 album The End of Something. The album starts off strong with the best song on the album, “How’s the Weather?” The song starts with a long but well played guitar intro with nice harmonies. McShan’s vocals later surface and are soft and compliment the lyrics well. Some more smooth guitar playing transitions from the bridge to a small build up at the end making some repeated lyrics very effective. Though the lyrics are sometimes a bit juvenile they are at other times quite sincere. The next song, "A Letter", is a great example of some of the more genuine lyrics on the album and is accompanied with simple but moving guitar lines. Unfortunately, after the first couple songs we hear just about all that McShan has to offer on the album. With the exception of a couple more notable moments there is not a whole lot going on with the rest of the album.

The underlying problem with The End of Something is that it lacks originality. McShan does not do a lot on the album to differentiate himself from his obvious influence, Mike Kinsella of Owen. The album is full of melodies and complex guitar runs that could not rip off Owen more if he tried. Not to say that the guitar work is badly executed, but it is not as memorable or interesting as other works in the genre. If you take the music for what it is without comparing it to anything else, however, it would not exactly be subpar. From the first song it is clear that McShan is very capable of composing well crafted songs. The question is whether he is able to keep up that quality for an entire album and with his own style. Still pretty young though, it is indeed plausible for McShan to do this in future releases.



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Iamthe Nightstars
February 28th 2012


2286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Quick write up. This is my attempt at a shorter review. This album is free to download as are all of his other albums. There is a full band release of this too from last year. Some songs on here definitely benefit with other instruments.

Ire
February 28th 2012


41799 Comments


y 2.5

Iamthe Nightstars
February 28th 2012


2286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It felt like the objectively right rating for this. Even if I enjoy it a bit more.

xfearbefore
February 28th 2012


1245 Comments


Is this seriously the name of the band? Seriously?

Iamthe Nightstars
February 28th 2012


2286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Seriously.

iFghtffyrdmns
February 28th 2012


7047 Comments


well i like owen

Enotron
February 28th 2012


7695 Comments


this guy sucks the d

Iamthe Nightstars
February 28th 2012


2286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Then you might like this iFghtffyrdmns. It's like a 2nd rate Owen imo.

Acanthus
February 28th 2012


9543 Comments


Really like the bands name.

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Iamthe Nightstars
February 28th 2012


2286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's verging on a 3-3.5. It kind of depends on my mood I guess.

ohfoxxxycole
February 28th 2012


4353 Comments


i like the name

artificialbox
February 28th 2012


628 Comments


I don't think the name is supposed to be taken seriously, and for that reason I like it too. It does sound a lot like a lot of Kinsella's projects but hey, I love American Football and Owen, so I am more than happy to listen to an artist that sounds similar.

SCREAMorphine
February 28th 2012


1758 Comments


The names of the tracks are almost as bad as the name of the band

Funeralopolis
February 28th 2012


11569 Comments


band name is pretty lolz

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Iamthe Nightstars
February 28th 2012


2286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Already explained it.

Slum
February 28th 2012


2579 Comments


lol holy shit this guy's from kansas, weird

accompliceofmydeath
February 29th 2012


4257 Comments


Never listened to these guys. Is this the place to start?

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bakkermaarten007
February 29th 2012


3601 Comments


Glad to see you review once again, "A more cry baby version of Owen." I lol'd. pos'd man =)



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