Take One Car
It's Going To Be A Nice Day


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fugue USER (58 Reviews)
April 14th, 2012 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Take One Car up their game and display a mature if inconsistent sophomore album.

For a genre as diverse as it is, there has been stagnation in the number of quality post-hardcore releases in recent years. Having lived out its peak in the early noughties, the recent hiatuses of various big name bands within the genre have created large gaps in a once saturated market, and one band who deserve their shot at taking the limelight are New York four-piece Take One Car. Having released their debut album When the Ceiling Meets the Floor back in 2009, Take One Car have been creating serious buzz ever since; known for their progressive song structures and daring ambition, both of which manifest themselves prominently in their follow up sophomore album It’s Going to be a Nice Day.

As ambient as it is brutal, It’s Going to be a Nice Day takes the post hardcore mould and tears it up before remoulding it to suit the band’s needs. The eponymous opener is a sprawling seven minute instrumental with a post-rock vibe, shimmering guitar passages gradually building up to a rhythmic climax. As an opener it’s a risky move, but the atmospheric benefits outweigh the pretentiousness; by delaying the vocal introduction until second track Dear Ronnie the impact is amplified, nullifying the slightly uninspired progression of the song. Thankfully, Dear Ronnie is the safest song on the album; indeed at times it’s hard to predict where the band will go next such is their experimental nature. Central to this are the vocals of Tyler Irish, frenetically changing from paranoid stutter to primal screams and understated murmurs, controlling the direction of the music with every shift of his tempo and tone.

That’s not to say that the rest of the band doesn’t contribute to the album’s complexity. While album highlight The OceanSong initially displays a strong vocal tenderness, feverish instrumental melodies soon kick-in to drive the track through its five and a half minute duration, aggressive drumming and proggy guitar riffs developing and enhancing the textures used previously. Similarly Virtue depends on the heavy hitting, mesmeric guitar-driven intro and distorted riffs to explode into life, displaying yet more variety in their arrangements. This schizophrenic approach to song-writing adds to the diversity of the album, and yet often remains its most prominent flaw. In trying to remain unique, at times Take One Car try too hard to remain different throughout, leading to rough interactions between some tracks and a bad flow to the album. As a knock-on effect, It’s Going to be a Nice Day often feels like a collection of individual tracks rather than a unified album, a trait displayed most glaringly by So Much in Return as it is lost in transition between two much stronger tracks.

Minor flaws aside, however, It’s Going to be a Nice Day is an exceptionally mature and well produced follow-up album that simultaneously offers a well-defined progression from their earlier work while retaining the expansive song structures and ambitious drive typical of the band. Though sporadically inconsistent in quality, the majority of the album displays an instrumentally sound post-hardcore act that crucially, are enjoying making music and will hopefully continue to enjoy making music for a long time to come.

Overall 4.0 Excellent



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Fugue
April 14th 2012


7354 Comments


Review was originally written for thealtreview.net a few days ago, album could do with some more exposure though.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2012


7423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review as ever Ross. I need to listen to this again, I enjoyed it quite a lot first time around.

Fugue
April 14th 2012


7354 Comments


Cheers man, it definitely grew on me more with repeated listens so maybe that 3.5 will become a 4.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2012


7423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Could well do. I seem to remember some sections being phenomenal... no idea why I've not revisited it yet.

Josh D.
April 14th 2012


13972 Comments


Not too bad upon first listen.

SCREAMorphine
April 15th 2012


1762 Comments


Nice review, sounds pretty good.

Funeralopolis
April 15th 2012


11888 Comments


Good review although not my thing post-hardcore has really grown stale for me.

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deepintheorchard
April 19th 2012


644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like this a lot. I like the vocal style, the way every line layers onto the next one. Sounds like an urgent, aggressive monologue.

RosaParks
May 14th 2012


15047 Comments


"post-hardcore has really grown stale for me."
this really isn't like most post-hardcore. it's got a really progressive feel to it

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2012


10382 Comments


This is a sweet album.

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Calc
November 24th 2012


12363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is pretty good

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Ecnalzen
February 17th 2013


6822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gonna have to try this out. Sounds really interesting.

sixdegrees
February 24th 2013


17702 Comments


I thought this flowed quite well and had a pretty cohesive atmosphere but w/e

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Ecnalzen
June 14th 2013


6822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is awesome.

Calc
February 27th 2014


12363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://takeonecarmusic.bandcamp.com/album/its-going-to-be-a-nice-day


its free get it.

Ecnalzen
April 28th 2014


6822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Apparently, they just finished recording a new album.

I is excited.



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