Crywank
Narcissist on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown


4.0
excellent

Review

by G.M.B. USER (18 Reviews)
July 7th, 2012 | 19 replies | 3,148 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Crywank releases a strong contender for saddest album of the year

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

James Clayton has one and only one goal when writing music; and that's to make you feel. That feeling is usually sadness, and he is damn good at it. He doesn't throw any fancy tricks at you either. It's just his acoustic guitar and his wailing vocals overtop. Honestly, that's all he really needs, because it does the trick with the utmost perfection. The entire 20 minute album is nigh impossible to trudge through without finding something to relate to in its contents. The lyrics aren't even that poetic either. They're just shockingly honest and straightforward.

"I don't want to sell my soul, only because it doesn't feel like I've got one."

"I don't have a right to say I'm sad, I don't know what sadness is."

Lines like this absolutely riddle the record as it plays through, and the emotion is palpable in his voice. There are, however, occasional moments where the lyrics are so absolutely sappy or ridiculous that they border on laughable. One such line in "Nostril Tampon" (which is quite the ridiculous song name I might add) leaps readily to mind:

"Oh mom, I know you only wanted boys. Can I feel it through my ballsack? I can feel it in my nose."

One can only wonder what exactly it is James is trying to express here but even then it's hard not to sympathize with him while he continuously wails about how sad he is. The album itself is short, which is most likely a benefit to the listen. Any longer and it would probably begin to overstay its welcome, as everything does start to feel slightly samey towards the end. And let's be honest, how long do you want to sit and listen to some depressed guy wail over an acoustic guitar? The answer is probably not very long.

His guitar playing itself is nothing special, but effective enough that it fits the record well. His goal isn't to technically astound the listener, so the guitar fits nicely in the background to his vocals. However, a lot of the chords do sound quite similar from song to song, but he changes it up just enough so that it doesn't sound monotonous.

All in all, little known singer-songwriter Crywank has released an astoundingly honest and heartfelt record. While it is short, it does more than enough in that given time to do bring out those emotions you've always felt deep down inside, but have never let out.



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ILJ
July 7th 2012



6662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Short review, but it's a pretty short album.

sixdegrees
July 7th 2012



16917 Comments


"Crywank" lol

Digging: Ted Nugent - Shutup&jam!

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 7th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

"Crywank" lol [2]

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 7th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

"Crywank is James Clayton trying as hard as he can to do some folk-punk influenced acoustic music with
no previous experience playing guitar. He's a pretty sad dude who is really poor and doesn't wash."

Oh damn.

jayfatha
July 7th 2012



2883 Comments


"Oh mom, I know you only wanted boys. Can I feel it through my ballsack? I can feel it in my nose."

What the fuck lol

ILJ
July 7th 2012



6662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"What the fuck lol"

That was my exact reaction when I first heard it. Hard not to laugh at that line.

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
July 7th 2012



1477 Comments


crank.

fuckthatnoise
July 7th 2012



1479 Comments


i actually didn't like this all that much but i get the appeal.

ILJ
July 7th 2012



6662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I could see why people wouldn't like it definitely, but in the right mood it's pretty great.

Nice dig fuck.

deepintheorchard
July 7th 2012



644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This guy is so bad at guitar. I love it.

DurzoBlint
July 7th 2012



1173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty odd choice of name... although I enjoyed the album ^_^

BonRurgundy
July 9th 2012



351 Comments


The name 'Crywank' is almost as good as 'Fred Westlife'.

geezers1989
July 15th 2012



135 Comments


never before has a band named itself so apropiately.

ILJ
November 4th 2012



6662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

ugh, who negged me?

KILL
November 4th 2012



71392 Comments


me

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

drewtvylor
January 2nd 2013



7 Comments


This review doesn't really read like a 4 IMO. Need to listen to this tho

HSThomas
January 2nd 2013



668 Comments


Title reads like RiffOClock's love life.

pleaxe
October 10th 2013



10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Both of his albums are amazing in my opinion, so much emotion in both of them and it is quite an easy listen imo

OedipalMass
March 9th 2014



7 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The Kirk Van Houten reference bumps this from a 2.5 to a 3.



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