Joyce Manor
Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired


4.0
excellent

Review

by jjlikesonions USER (1 Reviews)
April 8th, 2012 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Joyce Manor writes the record they've always wanted to write.

After over a year of crafting new songs, a scrapped first round of recordings, and reworking of several songs, Joyce Manor has created a grand 13 minute adventure where repeated ideas are not found throughout. With their fans' expectations at a peak, they've released a record that will leave some fans behind, but leave others in awe.

The opening song "These Kind Of Ice Skates" starts strong and has a slow punk groove that pulls you along while it paces onward. It eventually takes a smooth but sudden 180 into a discordant flurry of noise over a sapmle from a 70's dating show " 'If I told you that i was really ugly but I had strong bones and healthy teeth, would you still want to take me out?', 'Sure, I have a nice farm I think I could use you on' ", followed by laughter and a thunderous applause coupled with the rattling of a snare and repeated strumming, creating tension that comes to an abrupt end. This track warns you to expect the unexpected. The next track jumps in immediately. "Comfortable Clothes" is an upbeat punk song that could easily fit in with songs from their S/T. Towards the end of the song, frontman Barry Johnson belts out four words on the top of his lungs "I FEEL SOO!.. ALOOONE!", it quickly becomes apparent that he has still has the ability to write painfully honest punk songs. "See How Tame I Can Be?" is the first song to showcase Joyce Manor experimenting with some lo-fi, a sound they created by recording into "the educator", a tape recorder that is also used to listen to audiobooks on tape. The result is slinky sounding guitars and a fuzzy but tame atmosphere. This playful pop song is a great highlight on the record. There's a vibe of monotony from the words being sung, "In the reflection I watched myself watching TV, and it's too much to take and so I say to myself 'I never told you that I loved you because I don't' ". "Drainage" also keeps with the lo-fi theme but shows a darker side of Joyce Manor with an acoustic guitar, a piano, and lots of white noise. This song really touches on their Guided By Voices influence.

Side B of the record kicks off with an ambitious cover of The Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star”, adding their own melodic punk sound to one of their all-time favorites. This is the only song on the record that features singing from the bassist Matt Ebert, and it adds some great variety. "If I Needed You There" rushes in full force with a speed that hasn't been heard since their Constant Headache EP. It includes some keyboard notes, ironically placing keys in both the calmest song and most intense song on the record. It's a minute long jam that doesn't hold back. "Bride of Usher" takes what "See How Tame I Can Be?" started and adds clarity along with a more solid, up tempo beat that you can't help but nod or clap too. It gets cues from 80's music likes The Smiths and Pat Benatar. The lyrics first mention the past, but then tosses that away and celebrates the present "No I don't remember anyone I haven't seen for years, I don't remember being anywhere but here". "Violent Inside" is a pop jam that utilizes a drum beat that is reminiscent of "21st Dead Rats" from the S/T, but it's much slower and more controlled. Barry also really shows off his smoother singing that contrasts the frenzied yelling heard throughout the S/T. "I'm Always Tired" feels like an epilogue to the record. It's a quick strumming lo-fi acoustic song; a subtle return to roots, as Joyce Manor started out as an acoustic punk duo.

Overall, the record does lack flow, but i think that's the point. They rapidly fire off different ideas in the attempt to never give you the urge to hit the skip button and I think they've managed to do just that


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Richard Craig (2.5)
Unrealised potential....

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Tired....


Comments:Add a Comment 
LifeAsAChipmunk
April 8th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

What's with that format?

taxidermist
April 8th 2012


7212 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yo, fix this format dawg.

pmmets07
April 8th 2012


5929 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not really a bad review, but stay away from saying stuff like this, "As each song on the record is so different, I feel that a track to track review is the only way to do it justice." Say that as a comment afterwards. Also, very abrupt ending. But cool to see a second opinion nonetheless.

MalleusMaleficarum
April 8th 2012


14396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agree with the rating and most of your points

balcaen
April 8th 2012


3183 Comments


not even close to the S/T

Blackbelt54
April 8th 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah my opinion is between this and the other review

MalleusMaleficarum
April 8th 2012


14396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i refuse to rate it low just because of the length

balcaen
April 8th 2012


3183 Comments


i was surprised really
shouldn't it be kind of hard to fuck up only 13 minutes of material?

WeepingBanana
April 8th 2012


10217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it just doesn't hit as hard as their s/t

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2012


7427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm not a huge Joyce Manor fan but this is vastly inferior to the self-titled and their EP.

MalleusMaleficarum
April 8th 2012


14396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"it just doesn't hit as hard as their s/t"

well yea

jjlikesonions
April 8th 2012


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Alright I changed a couple things. Is the format alright now??

MalleusMaleficarum
April 8th 2012


14396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

much better

pmmets07
April 8th 2012


5929 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos for listening to feedback

MarkTheDead
April 9th 2012


665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is the best review for this album yet! Great stuff, I just wish it was longer.

mhp2
May 7th 2012


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album. The self titled is great but for me some of it's songs didn't stand out from the others because the sound of the album was so defined and similar. I feel like this album though unexpected seems a natural step in progression for Joyce Manor.

MalleusMaleficarum
May 7th 2012


14396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the self titled is better tho



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