Hop Along
Get Disowned


4.0
excellent

Review

by Elijah K. STAFF
December 12th, 2012 | 316 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


I’m nearing the end of my rope here. Per the usual, life’s pressures are bearing down in an almost gleeful kind of way, taking joy in expressing every little fault and fracture. I’ve had too much to drink and too little time to think. And in a way, an album like Hop Along’s Get Disowned is sorta perfect for this. Like life and all my silly, insignificant problems, the album is messy and irrevocably unrefined. It’s amateurish and jagged; nothing works the way it should but it all comes together nicely in ways one wouldn’t expect. In this half stupor, like lead signer Francis Quinlan, I belt out words in a haggard fashion. It doesn’t sound good. It doesn’t sound nice. And it sure as hell isn’t anything worthy of praise. But it’s a haphazard noise that’s full of fervent passion and juvenile glee. Scratch that"Get Disowned is absolutely perfect for this very moment.

Francis Quinlan revels in her oblique emotions, despite how they sometimes come across as childish or bizarre. Get Disowned succeeds in is this for one simple reason: it’s something one can relate to. Not everything can be described perfectly: love isn’t easy, and growing up sure as hell isn’t either. And yet lines like “young love is cheap, I mean it’s everywhere” seem to poke fun at such trivial matters. What’s more remarkable is how she tackles all of this convoluted material in such a fun and expressive way. It’s a folky, punk-ish indie romp that balances solemnity and balls-to-the-wall aesthetics perfectly. At times brash, the rough exterior does little to describe the surprisingly tender core. Quinlan shrieks and croons, but there’s a lot of emotional weight here in spite of it all.

The de facto definitive moment arrives early on in the form of “Tibetian Pop Stars.” The word “explosive” fits the song pretty damn well, as works in bursts, rather than ebbing and flowing. Quinlan’s performance is stunning here, as she lets it all go, all the while still maintaining some admirable restraint. Opposite to this are “Trouble Found Me” and the title track. Less eruptive and more contemplative, they work in ways that much of the album doesn’t. Existing as deliberately paced, they cap some of the frenetic energy that so permeates the entire work. Well, that is until the album’s final seconds, in which Francis shrieks and hollers in a cathartic finals gasp, closing out the record in an almost too perfect fashion.

Hop Along have made an album to truly be admired. It’s messy and uneven. The production isn’t glamorous, despite fitting the tone fairly well. The band’s faults shine through every so often, and the vocal work isn’t going to be easy on everyone’s ears. Yet I cannot help but think that it sounds terrifyingly perfect because of all this. The complexities contained within the lyrics may seem trite. To some, they may not even be applicable at all. But Quinlan and crew attack them with a joyous chaos that is as beautiful as it is unsettling.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 11th 2012


51586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuckin hell Eli, I was about to review this

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2012


17958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8

didn't realize this was actually hop along queen ansleis



gonna listen now

zxlkho
December 11th 2012


3482 Comments


Thinking about 5'ing this.

zxlkho
December 11th 2012


3482 Comments


Also, this review reads more like a 4.5 than a 4, I think.

Ignimbrite
December 11th 2012


5759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Laments and Young & Happy are some of the best songs I've heard all year.

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Emeritus
December 12th 2012


15744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah dude =)

SpritzSpritz
December 12th 2012


528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

laments is absolutely stunning. the lyrics are perfect.

Funeralopolis
December 12th 2012


12894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

review slays

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Spare
December 12th 2012


5567 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

great review dood

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2012


10506 Comments


like lead signer Francis Quinlan

Great review, Eli. The personal spin in the first paragraph works so well.

Spare
December 12th 2012


5567 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it's frances btw

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2012


10506 Comments


Also, I heard the first two tracks off this and had to turn it off.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2012


51586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dum duh duh dum DA DAH dum duh duh dum DA DAHAHA

feanaro
December 12th 2012


972 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

...well I guess at least having a staff review will get this more exposure.

Eko
December 12th 2012


2119 Comments


still waiting for my friend to burn me this

great review

zxlkho
December 12th 2012


3482 Comments


I really want the sputnik-hype to hit this album.

ProjectFreak
December 12th 2012


1652 Comments


will listen. great review

marksellsuswallets
December 12th 2012


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is fucking gold.

Aids
December 12th 2012


24184 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

hell yes, finally an adequate review for this, and I can stop naively trying to gather my thoughts on this. fucking RULES. 2nd favourite album of the year but only because my saviours dropped an LP outta nowhere a few months back. so close to 5ing this.



i still like HA,QA slightly more, but this grows on you like crazy.

Aids
December 12th 2012


24184 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

nope sorry, top 10. it's not actually 5/5 for me. I mean it is cuz jpndrds, but really it isn't.



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