The Story So Far
What You Don't See


4.0
excellent

Review

by perry7united USER (3 Reviews)
March 26th, 2013 | 581 replies


Release Date: 03/26/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Story So Far add a few more pages, and the illustrations are to die for

Two years ago The Story So Far appeared straight out of left field with a roaring juggernaut of a debut full-length. Anticipation had been engulfing them ever so slightly prior to its release following notoriously energetic live performances but when 'Under Soil & Dirt' hit the shelves legions of pop-punk fans were blown away, smitten by the crashing guitars, furious drumming patterns and the astonishingly powerful vocals of lead singer Parker Cannon. The album was hugely successful and catapulted the Californian 5-piece to the frontline of a scene experiencing a spirited revival. Once the fervour had subsided and the dust settled however, questions began to arise regarding what was next for Parker and co.

'What You Don't See' answers all those questions emphatically. Forget the usual nonsense that's spouted everytime a band with a successful debut album releases a follow-up about how the sound has 'matured', it's a boring cliché reviewers use to essentially communicate their general approval, without going into any detail why it sounds better. The most instantly noticeable augmentation of TSSF's sound during the stirring album opener 'Things I Can't Change' is the tighter musicianship, two years have improved the band enormously in that regard, the production is outstanding and their trademark style has been carefully refined. The album is so lacking in flaws that it's tempting to run through each track individually but I'll hold back on that front, perhaps the only criticism you could level at the album is a gently evident absence of variety, for example, there is no space reserved here for a slower, acoustic track like 'Placeholder' from their debut effort. The breathtaking pace of the album simply doesn't stutter, hell, it barely even deviates.

For all the great musicanship in the world though, nothing defines a band like it's lead vocalist and TSSF are undoubtedly blessed in that department. Parker has an unfamiliar tendency to write lyrics that resonate profoundly within his listeners, in album standout contender 'Small Talk' he yells 'Tell me how you think it's gonna be, I'll bite back with broken teeth, so helpless', his lyrics are as angsty as they come and are often brazenly introspective, you are given no choice but to believe every word he shouts at you. It's not just his lyrics though, I'm becoming ever more subject to the theory that his voice can make anything sound good, even on the weaker tracks here like 'Playing The Victim' and album closer 'Framework' you still find yourself vociferously singing along, and yes, this can unwittingly happen in public (if it does, there's no going back, embrace it).

The album peaks in the middle with four stunning tracks in succession, starting with 'Right Here', then 'Empty Space' is followed by lead single 'The Glass', which is particularly impassioned lyrically 'You were the spade I used to dig this hole, blistered my skin to the bone' before the chorus-driven belter 'All Wrong' rounds off this outstanding run of tracks. They're not finished yet though, penultimate track 'Face Value' is unmistakably a grower, it's verses are the best on the album and the chorus is classic TSSF, catchy, energetic and emotionally endearing. Now, to finish, rather than launch into some clunky conclusion I'll simply leave you with this, 'What You Don't See' is the kind of album that will never grate on you, it only improves with further listens, it's at least on a par with 'Under Soil & Dirt' and will rightfully add a few more layers of cement to TSSF's place atop the hotly contested pedestal of modern pop-punk.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
pepster50
March 25th 2013


331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

YESSSS ! LOVE THIS ALBUM !

MMX
March 25th 2013


4830 Comments


Album did not disappoint

perry7united
March 25th 2013


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't believe this is the only review up for this album atm, any feedback welcomed as always guys

Kman418
March 25th 2013


10744 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Only listened once but I liked it a little more than USAD

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perry7united
March 25th 2013


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah you're in for a treat, listened to it about 10 times and I'm still enjoying it more on each listen

perry7united
March 25th 2013


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks means a lot

NeoSpaz
March 25th 2013


4519 Comments


so it begins

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2013


2845 Comments


I've got a review for this written up but i don't think it's worth posting here. i'm guessing there will be no less than 10 reviews of this in the next week

TurdFergeson
March 25th 2013


20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Perfectly sums up my thoughts on the album. great job. Even talked about all of my favorite tracks.

TurdFergeson
March 25th 2013


20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn double post...

patman1001
March 25th 2013


1012 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

awesome review. seeing them tomorrow in a small venue. STOKED.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2013


19918 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review

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NeoSpaz
March 25th 2013


4519 Comments


Post it anyway Apert, get in whilst the going is good

Scoot
March 25th 2013


17814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

wasn't as good as usad but still very enjoyable

auberginedreams
March 25th 2013


6056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this band is way better than the wonder years.

Cygnatti
March 25th 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

So is this actually any good?

Cygnatti
March 25th 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

So wow, of all things people complain about this album/band is their apparently misogynistic lyrics.


lmfao, are they fucking serious? I too, am sorry that these guys or the lead singer had some bad
relationships and decided that they have the write to express their feelings! Because, you know, when
you call one girl a whore, you're clearly calling every girl a whore! Obviously.

lacesout39
March 25th 2013


47 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The only thing I disagree with is Playing The Victim and Framework are nowhere near the weakest tracks, personally I'd go with All Wrong and Bad Luck as the weakest. Everything is still fantastic though.

pepster50
March 25th 2013


331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Dude "All Wrong" is my second favorite song on the cd... and Framework is probably my least.

joshieboy12345
March 26th 2013


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

All 11 songs are amazing. End of story. Fantastic review. Pos'd.



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