Dance Gavin Dance
Acceptance Speech


1.5
very poor

Review

by Eli Kleman EMERITUS
October 11th, 2013 | 380 replies | 20,713 views


Release Date: 10/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The white-trash Circa Survive returns with a shit-tier classic for the ages.

Admittedly, my knowledge of Dance Gavin Dance is fairly limited. Yes I’ve heard the Downtown Battle Mountain duo but aside from that my knowledge stops at Johnny Craig’s laptop debacle. And after getting into the thick of it, that’s pretty much as interesting as Dance Gavin Dance get. But that’s okay! DGD have always had a quirky identity, always having a trashy tongue in cheek delivery that has worked for them. Add in Craig’s powerful and unique vocals and you’ve got a passable and fun band. With their latest outing, however, the band side-steps every little issue that has plagued them before, only to plunge head first abysmal obscurity.

Acceptance Speech plays like every scene album ever, albeit with an un-ironic gusto that is almost admirable. This cannot be pinned on one particular cause, as the album is truly a sum of its part. It’s banal and derivative, sure, but literally every facet of the record is steeped in an abhorrent combination of tacky post-hardcore and half-assed experimental rock. Each song plays out the same way, with new vocalist Tillian Pearson singing until John Mess comes in screaming. It’s as simple as that. One could almost predict when the shifts come, which is about as exciting as it sounds. The loopy, intertwining guitar lines that play during Pearson’s segments are admittedly neat, that is until they are rinsed and repeated throughout all 11 tracks. And while on the subject, Tillian Pearson has the unfortunate position of being yet another follow up to the infamous Johnny Craig, a man with a fervent if not inexplicable fan base. Sadly, he becomes the album’s biggest detractor. It isn’t so much that he is expressly “bad,” but just painfully weak. He sounds best with his vocals layered to give a false sense of strength and conviction.

Some of this can be attributed to the production, which is comparatively bad when placed next to Downtown Battle Mountain II. Weird moments of auto-tune only compound the problem, especially when added to the amount of bizarrely placed moments that litter the entire record. The most notorious being the singular ~hip-hop~ found at the end of the eponymous song, which really just amounts to “black man shouting.” And while that sounds racial insensitive, it isn’t like Dance Gavin Dance care given the subject matter they sing about with reckless abandon. After a few lines of “Honey Revenge,” the listener becomes keenly aware that Pearson is sweetly singing about a very creepy instance of rape. “Whether you want it or not/ whether you like it or not,” Dance Gavin Dance are going to offend you. Whether this is from their questionable lyrics or outright awful music remains to be said.

In conclusion, Acceptance Speech is really bad.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 11th 2013



10553 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Wait this has a 3.9 avg??

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Buzzkillr
October 11th 2013



1510 Comments


summary lol

won't even read the review, no way could it live up to that summary.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 11th 2013



7793 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

eli ..........................

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Azn.
October 11th 2013



5314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

finally this needed a more negative review

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TenSecondsToThink
October 11th 2013



1126 Comments


You could have kept this review to yourself.

Azn.
October 11th 2013



5314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

oh god just read it, thank you so much for writing this

SeaAnemone
October 11th 2013



18802 Comments


lol thank you
the summary is all this deserves, I'm sure

klap
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2013



9996 Comments


missing an "into" in that first paragraph

OwMySnauze
October 11th 2013



529 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So you admit that it's a classic..? ;)

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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2013



8950 Comments


White-trash Circa Survive is by far the best way to describe this band

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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2013



15693 Comments


omfg

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Spluger
October 11th 2013



1001 Comments


White trash Circa Survive... fuck lmao that's way too perfect.

SgtShock
October 11th 2013



84 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't believe you failed to mention when they start making motherfuckers golden and holy.

SadAndHolyGlow
October 11th 2013



1444 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ooh dang. This review is scandalous.

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breadstick
October 11th 2013



72 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

honey revenge isn't about rape, hella ignorant review lmao smh

SeaAnemone
October 11th 2013



18802 Comments


yeh the fact that you apparently misunderstood one of the subjects of one of the songs completely undermines every point you made in the review Eli ARE YOU FUCKING SORRY

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 11th 2013



7793 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

he should be

RCKilm
October 11th 2013



232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damnnnn

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2013



3008 Comments


the album is truly a sum of its part


is this a typo? i can't tell. otherwise great review

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breadstick
October 11th 2013



72 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"yeh the fact that you apparently misunderstood one of the subjects of one of the songs completely
undermines every point you made in the review Eli ARE YOU FUCKING SORRY "

well i mean every part of the review is bad that's just the most glaring and funny part about it

he mentions craig a lot with no mention of kurt the goat vocalist which is CONFUSING to say the
least

also he rated la dispute's wildlife a 1.5 lmfao fuckin dropped

it's weird though i don't mind if a reviewer doesn't like the same music as me because everything is
subjective but this is just so ignorant it's just really obnoxious



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