Foxing
The Albatross


4.0
excellent

Review

by Elijah K. STAFF
November 12th, 2013 | 231 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The soundtrack to every insignificantly sad and fleeting night of your youthful years.

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Foxing’s debut The Albatross. This is strange considering that the band has very little to back up all this hype, because at the end of the day Old Songs was a pretty lukewarm batch of tunes on a label that with a sketchy track record. In spite of it all The Albatross isn’t just good, it’s damn good. Full of standard emo tropes like those that ***ing litter Count Your Lucky Stars, the record is a pretty little love letter to fans of understated underdog indie. More discerning ears can hear Dads, The World is…., and empire! empire! everywhere. It’s light and fluffy, featuring all the makings of an early 2000s emo hit with all the charming juvenile ennui included. Loopy, twinkly guitars play over distant vocals that are messily scattered about, all wrapped up in a dreamy haze. By the time “Rory” kicks in halfway through the listener has already become accustomed to the hollering and fuzzy production. Yet the listless woodwinds and piano still offer up something new and appetizing in said track. Moments like this make The Albatross feel equal parts familiar and exciting. There’s nothing new to their sound, and that’s fine, but there’s something inherently engaging none the less.

Foxing sound entirely genuine. They sound like the band down the street playing in their garage to no one in particular. They sound like every sad night spent thinking too much about everyone and everything. Sure their girl troubles sound trite as does their overly dramatic delivery, but the lack of verse-chorus lyrics gives the entire record a very confessional, story-telling feel. But when all is said and done The Albatross sounds more real and more heartfelt than anything you’ll hear this year.

3.8/5



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YourDarkAffected
November 11th 2013


1756 Comments


When did you become Emeritus?

EaglesBecomeVultures
November 11th 2013


5411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

booty don't lie! did you get this rec from me in mezz?

SeaAnemone
November 11th 2013


21368 Comments


two-paragraph emo review and emeritus?
the final stage of your evolution into adam thomas is officially complete

EaglesBecomeVultures
November 11th 2013


5411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

medic, rory, and dead bee 1 are my faves



such a great album

demigod!
November 11th 2013


47465 Comments


good review man, been hearing a lot of buzz about this album

might give it a gander

Leatherneck
November 11th 2013


670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

it picks up some of what A City Safe From Sea had, some of the vibe that As Tall As Lions had going on Lafcadio, it's not

another emo revival album, they sure sound melodramatic and all that but god they may even have songwritting to match

the best post rock bands out there... that's how diverse this gets

anarchistfish
November 11th 2013


23643 Comments


don't go

Digging: The Black Queen - Fever Daydream

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2013


51939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I would need some emo too if I were emeritus



anarchistfish
November 11th 2013


23643 Comments


wish I liked emo more

Calc
November 11th 2013


13748 Comments


didn't dig what i heard

Digging: TOOTHGRINDER - Nocturnal Masquerade

slaythesocialists
November 11th 2013


172 Comments


Rory is a pretty amazing track

conesmoke
November 11th 2013


5422 Comments


"because at the end of the day Old Songs was a pretty lukewarm batch of tunes on a label that with a sketchy track record"

You get your point across but this sentence reads wrong. Probs change 'with' with 'has'

Other that that, cool review. I've never heard these dudes.

foxblood
November 11th 2013


6818 Comments


old songs was average but will get!

linkpwns
November 11th 2013


90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I mean, with the exception of the lyrics and maybe the vocals, this is more than just another "emo revival" album. It's so good.

EaglesBecomeVultures
November 11th 2013


5411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeah this exceeds any genre limitations you could put on it honestly, calling it another emo album is doing it a disservice.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2013


51939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

guitar in Bit By a Dead Bee is rad

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2013


51939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah honestly this isn't even close to being by the numbers emo

Spluger
November 11th 2013


1201 Comments


Is there a stream of this?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2013


51939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=3520771

Spluger
November 11th 2013


1201 Comments


Thank you good sir!



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