The Story So Far
Under Soil and Dirt


4.0
excellent

Review

by perry7united USER (3 Reviews)
April 21st, 2012 | 852 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fantastic debut album from The Story So Far

‘Under Soil & Dirt’ is the debut full-length release by The Story So Far, a five-piece pop-punk band from Walnut Creek, California.

The tone for the album is set beautifully by 0:51 second long opening track ‘States And Minds’, an instantly infectious guitar riff rings out, before lead singer Parker Cannon bellows ‘I’m falling in and out again’ as the song leads into ‘Roam’, probably the catchiest riff on the album and a powerful chorus later you’re hooked. Lead single ‘Quicksand’ continues along the same vein, it’s instantly likeable and with lyrics like ‘I’m trying hard, real hard, everyday not to lose my temper’ they conquer the relatability factor, an area where innumerable artists have fallen by the wayside.

It’s necessary to touch on Parker’s lyrics, while songs about bad relationships and cheating girlfriends is hardly breaking new ground it’s the sincerity in the lyrics and the passion with which he sings them that elevate The Story So Far above so many of their competitors, his voice is raw and powerful, lending credence to his words and making them real.
Another of the albums impressive facets is the absence of any filler, every song is well worth multiple listens. ‘High Regard’ and ‘Daughters’ are both gems that won’t get the appreciation they deserve, Parker holds nothing back yelling ‘And to think that you’re somebody’s daughter, away at college not getting smarter’. ‘Mt. Diablo’ is a re-release, having been successful on an earlier EP, and carries a compellingly energetic chorus, whereas, ‘Rally Cap’ bemoans ‘I’ve got nothing in common with anything, anymore’.

The album peaks with its penultimate track, ‘Placeholder’, the only acoustic track on the album is a captivating foot-tapper with Parker’s now familiarly heartfelt vocals intertwining breathtakingly with the enchanting main guitar riff, building to a crescendo as he repeats ‘Running around in circles, the path I always choose, I hate that I can’t accept anything more than the worn out soles of my shoes, just say something back, and cut me some slack, headstrong in the world with the wind at my back’. It’s a beautiful way to close out the album.

Modern Pop-Punk was a sub-genre laden with duplicates, bands who trot out whiny generic lyrics about being left by some girl, so they overdo the synth and chuck in a breakdown or two for good measure. Over the last few years, however, much has changed, a cluster of new-wave pop-punk bands have surfaced, led by The Wonder Years, with all the greatest elements of pop-punk, the catchy riffs, the attitude and the energy, combined with a new aptitude for candid, passionate lyrics. With ‘Under Soil & Dirt’ The Story So Far have propelled themselves directly to the forefront of what is a revolution in the pop-punk scene. So far, the story is pretty darn good.


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Joemoe1122
April 21st 2012


28 Comments


Good review. This is one of my favorite pop-punk albums.

perry7united
April 21st 2012


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers guys.

LifeAsAChipmunk
April 21st 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love this.

"directly to the forefront of what is a revolution in the pop-punk scene."

Some people are saying these guys are what Blink-182 was for pop punk in late 90s/early 00s. I'm in no jurisdiction to judge there, but I seriously doubt that. Also, Blink's not good to begin with (except for like Dude Ranch).

perry7united
April 21st 2012


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, and I don't think these guys will be anyway near as successful as Blink, I think they just had this incredible marketability, coupled with really catchy singles, Dude Ranch was brilliant though.

AtomicShane
April 21st 2012


1799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was just listnening to this and saw the review lol. Sick cd + review.

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DurzoBlint
June 23rd 2012


1181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review.

This is exactly what I needed this week. Love this guys vocals.

Kris.
July 26th 2012


12345 Comments


fuck i love this so much

sixdegrees
July 26th 2012


17153 Comments


good review, amazing album.

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Spluger
July 29th 2012


1163 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

After a crazy ass week at the beach, fucking 5'd.

KSK1
July 29th 2012


4084 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah

Spluger
July 30th 2012


1163 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album played a big part in all of it. It was pretty much the soundtrack to that vacation haha.

Pizza4Breakfast
August 2nd 2012


17 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Really catchy fun album, but some of the lyrics come off really cheesy.

Kris.
August 20th 2012


12345 Comments


soooo close to 5ing this0

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 20th 2012


19798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, it's awesome.

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camaraderie
August 21st 2012


988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cmon guys, it's good but not anywhere near a 5.

loveisamixtape
August 21st 2012


6037 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cmon guys, it's good but not anywhere near a 5.


i'm officially tabooing this combination of words

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KSK1
August 21st 2012


4084 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It is though.

KSK1
August 21st 2012


4084 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's like a 4.8 so I rounded up.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2012


19798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the best pop-punk albums in years.

f0rest
September 25th 2012


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album isn't a Masterpiece , but a 4,5 wasn´t fair . So there is a 5.



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