Football, etc.
Audible


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (90 Reviews)
August 21st, 2013 | 24 replies


Release Date: 08/13/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Football, Etc. settle for a field goal

Audible is a weird record for me to wrap my head around. Although Football, Etc. have made improvements in almost every regard over their 2011 debut album The Draft, somehow there's something missing. The production is a lot fuller and cleaner, the singing is stronger and less monotonous, and the reverb soaked guitar tone strongly compliments the vocals, yet somehow Audible is less than the sum of its parts, and a bit of a sophomore slump. Some of the magic from The Draft is gone, and Football, Etc. show that improvements can sometimes be detriments.

The Draft was very much an album of two parts; front-loaded with standout tracks that cascaded into a mellow and atmospheric second half that I can best describe as having a "sleepy time" vibe. Audible is an uncanny mix of the two, on the whole consistent, but somehow missing the feel of the first record. The standout tracks are more spread out, but the change in production and songwriting all but destroys the atmosphere of The Draft.

Comparisons can be unfair, and Audible is a great record when measured by its own merits. From the melancholy arpeggios and reverb tinged tremolo picking that inhabit the opener "Fair," to the slow and emotional closer "Return," there's enough positives on this record to proclaim it as a great record. Football, Etc. can't quite live up to their rookie season, but Audible is a strong enough outing with enough good things going for it that show that Football, Etc. are one of the better squads in the emo scene, and if they make a few refinements to their sound they'll be back in the playoffs in no time.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2013


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

More football references yayyyyy

album can be streamed here

http://www.punknews.org/article/52541/media-football-etc-audible

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demigod!
August 21st 2013


44445 Comments


really like that album cover, gonna check this out


nice boogie avatar btw, also a good review

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2013


19757 Comments


i think it's safe to say you have this short review thing down. Nice job

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demigod!
August 21st 2013


44445 Comments


not digging the vocals much but overall this is p damn good

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2013


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks guys, I promise my next one will be longer

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2013


19757 Comments


nothing wrong with a short review if it gets the message across

dimsim3478
August 21st 2013


5024 Comments


Good band.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2013


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"nothing wrong with a short review if it gets the message across"

I know, but it's nice to write short and long ones you know

"not digging the vocals much but overall this is p damn good"

Yeah the vocals fit the atmosphere of the first album a lot better

Calc
August 21st 2013


12196 Comments


We boycottin ya game blizzhird!! we boycottin ya gaayyyme!!!

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2013


1616 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Knew you would review this at some point

ILJ
August 21st 2013


6670 Comments


good to know this is good, haven't nabbed it yet though. The Draft was awesome.

slep
August 21st 2013


1604 Comments


good writing here sir. will listen to the stream.

Green Baron
August 21st 2013


20000 Comments


if this is like american football then maybe i'll give it a spin

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2013


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Kind of

ShadowRemains
August 21st 2013


20743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is good

the draft is a lot better

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slep
August 21st 2013


1604 Comments


listening to this now

wish somebody would audible for a more interesting song-- HEY YO!!

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2013


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I should have reviewed as 3.0 so the field goal summary would be perfect

slep
August 22nd 2013


1604 Comments


yeah this album is a real 3 and out!

/ihatemyself

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2013


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

lol

TheNexus100
August 28th 2013


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is lame

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