Joyce Manor
Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired


3.0
good

Review

by Statrick Pickles USER (63 Reviews)
April 6th, 2012 | 313 replies | 18,965 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tired.

12 of 12 thought this review was well written

Joyce Manor really found themselves a sound with Constant Headache and their 2011 self-titled. Both records bled with the raw embitterment of their local Southern California punk scene yet somehow grasped onto an impossible level of catchiness, affording them multiple U.S. tours and leaving a slew of hoarse-throated basement punks in their wake. Frontman Barry Johnson summed it up pretty effectively when questioned about his tendency for sub-two minute power-tracks in an interview: "You're taking the time to listen to my band … so I'm not going to have the audacity to bore the *** out of you." It was exactly on this compendiousness that a band like Joyce Manor is founded, this same urgency and succinct song structure being the crux of a record like Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired. All of this said, 2012 Joyce Manor is a band coasting not only on brevity, but also on tradeoffs.

No truly great band can throw the same record together over and over with the expectation of a satisfied audience, a blunder successfully dodged by Joyce Manor. That notion in mind, Of All Things… is, among other things, a step in a relatively different direction for the punk foursome. Right from the onslaught of opener 'These Kind of Ice Skates', it becomes fairly obvious that 2012 Joyce Manor does not sound like 2011 or 2010 Joyce Manor. The impatient, flawlessly articulated scream-alongs like 'Call Out' and 'Constant Nothing' have made way for what tends to be a decidedly less-motivated craft, a song like 'Bride of Usher' sounding more like a misguided Hall & Oates cover than the product of some noisy SoCal punks. Even Joyce Manor's less urgent side has slacked some on OATIWSGT, with flawlessly anthemic punk ballads swapped out for a more constricted breed of songwriting. Where a track like 'Five Beer Plan' was a writhing sonic masterpiece, its alleged counterpart in 'Drainage' more closely resembles the frayed shoelace ends that once held the former together. Obviously not all is lost; 'Violent Inside' and 'If I Needed You There' ring true of the Joyce Manor bite that's impossible not to love. Of All Things… still packs plenty of punch into its dreadfully brief playtime, the band's battle-hardened disposition forced upon listeners via blistering tracks and their indomitable leader in Johnson. It just seems to be a little too obvious that not every song here can commit to this ferocity as past efforts have, with substantial chunks of the already length-challenged release coming off more as demure filler than vein-throbbing punk rock.

To call Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired a "forgettable" record would be mislead and erroneous, but "underwhelming" certainly might be justifiable. Joyce Manor deserve unprecedented amounts of love and esteem for how quickly and unforgettably they've made themselves known on an otherwise unforgiving scene. It just might be the case that said scene ought to show some leniency to a band with only the best intentions making what are (hopefully) no more than some rookie mistakes. Yes, parts of Of All Things… are, for lack of a better term, questionable. Yet what isn't up for question is the fact that Joyce Manor will continue to fill basements and bars with their anthemic and truly unforgettable presence. Sure, even that life is something of which Johnson & co. will eventually tire, but it's the time between then and now that's worth celebrating. I know for a fact that I'll still be singing along.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
iFghtffyrdmns
April 5th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Available on iTunes as of today.

Getting drunk and listening to older Joyce Manor starting now.

Hep Kat
April 5th 2012



15349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah this was pretty disappointing

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LifeAsAChipmunk
April 5th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yay, a review for this thing. The rating is correct.

craigy2
April 5th 2012



551 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sweet review as always, man.
Generally agree with you. This feels like a pretty half-baked effort to me.
I thought it was telling that when my friend (who had never heard the band before seeing them live) asked Barry which of their records he'd recommend, he immediately said the self-titled. Admittedly, the self-titled is gold, but still, it didn't seem like he was particularly proud of this one.

iFghtffyrdmns
April 5th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wow based on the 3.6 cumulative I thought I was pretty alone but good to see some others feel the same. Yeah that's pretty interesting craigy and I'd say it definitely says a good deal about this. When I met Barry all he did was tell me to buy a record player. So I did.

craigy2
April 5th 2012



551 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Barry also said he wished his girlfriend was from Santa Cruz because that would mean she's be a pot-smoking, tanned blonde with a smokin' body.

Rev
April 5th 2012



9409 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sucks/disappointing/etc

Blackbelt54
April 5th 2012



4269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

disappointing album, I'm probably seeing these guys next week, hope they play old stuff

nice review as usual

MalleusMaleficarum
April 5th 2012



14287 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

youre all noobs

cvlts
April 5th 2012



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

S'not bad. definitely was expecting more tho

good review mang.

tom79
April 5th 2012



3366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't know, it was underwhelming at first but it's really grown on me. If you compare it against the
s/t it's a let down but on its own I think it stands pretty good. I find myself listening to it almost
everyday it's such a quick listen. Great review though man.

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Blackbelt54
April 5th 2012



4269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

actually listening to this more, it's pretty sweet, but it still doesn't touch the s/t

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2012



17204 Comments


i really like this. the self titled was cool but mad overhyped.

accompliceofmydeath
April 5th 2012



4200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dis shit is great!

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pmmets07
April 6th 2012



5865 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

underwhelming for sure

your reviews are so good that they honestly make me want to stop writing them myself

Spare
April 6th 2012



5271 Comments


agree with the general sentiment of this thread. s/t was def not overhyped

Damus
April 6th 2012



403 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"your reviews are so good that they honestly make me want to stop writing them myself"

wanted to review this until reading this review. Album was super disappointing at first but it definitely has grown on me. I just don't understand how a band can spend the amount of time they do making the album and then have it be so short. This would be a perfect really long EP though, full of variety. Also, the quirky acoustic only tracks might fit better on an EP. On a full length they just feel out of place and unfinished.

Damus
April 6th 2012



403 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the Video Killed The Radio Star cover is fucking awesome though. I don't think that's mentioned in the review.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2012



6441 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good Job, iFght.
I didn't like the debut all that much, actually, so maybe I should give this a go.

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iFghtffyrdmns
April 6th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks for the kind words dudes, and you might as well clercqie considering it's only 13 measly minutes long



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