Hop Along
Get Disowned


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
December 12th, 2012 | 292 replies | 16,078 views


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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Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 11th 2012



10593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Idk why I wrote this. Whatever, totally top 10 material.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 11th 2012



50114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuckin hell Eli, I was about to review this

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 11th 2012



10593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You still can, man. No rule against it and I'd like to read it anyway. besides I didn't even talk about the music lol

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2012



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8

didn't realize this was actually hop along queen ansleis

gonna listen now

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 11th 2012



10593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's so good chan. I hope you enjoy it!

zxlkho
December 11th 2012



3461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thinking about 5'ing this.

zxlkho
December 11th 2012



3461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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

Ignimbrite
December 11th 2012



5320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2012



15732 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



11230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review slays

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Spare
December 12th 2012



5271 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

great review dood

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2012



10069 Comments


like lead signer Francis Quinlan

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

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Spare
December 12th 2012



5271 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it's frances btw

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2012



10069 Comments


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

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2012



50114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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

feanaro
December 12th 2012



817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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

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Eko
December 12th 2012



2119 Comments


still waiting for my friend to burn me this

great review

zxlkho
December 12th 2012



3461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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

ProjectFreak
December 12th 2012



1319 Comments


will listen. great review



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