Neck Deep
Rain In July


1.5
very poor

Review

by Professional Reviewer USER (2 Reviews)
December 2nd, 2013 | 28 replies | 3,852 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All hype, no heart.

8 of 21 thought this review was well written

Well, this revival of pop punk was fun for the short time it lasted. It happens to every genre 'scene'. A few solid bands get popular and the entire genre becomes saturated with tons of generic ripoffs (see post-hardcore/metalcore since ~2006). Enter new pop punk phenomenon Neck Deep, a blatant ripoff of The Story So Far. Ben Barlow steals Parker Cannon's vocal delivery and lyrical content, and Neck Deep steals The Story So Far's stage presence, down to their clothing. It's not like pop punk is an innovative genre to begin with, but there's no uniqueness on this EP; in fact, every song is void of personality.

Rain in July starts out decently enough with opener "Kick It". And it's all downhill from there. The remaining songs range from unmemorable ("Silver Lining") to pointless ("All Hype, No Heart") to god awful ("A Part of Me"). Ben Barlow can't sing, and it makes these songs even harder to get through. Need proof? Watch "A Part of Me" acoustic @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkbSlPH95nE where he struggles with singing his own song, in a lower key than it's recorded in, no less. The ratio for likes to dislikes is 40:1, so along with having bad taste in music, Neck Deep fans must be tone deaf. His lyrics are vapid and occasionally cringeworthy, like in "What Did You Expect?" (You went and fucked this up 'cause you couldn't keep your legs shut) or literally the entire song "A Part of Me". Unlike Ben Barlow, the rest of the band isn't offensive, just painfully generic.

This is the product of a band capitalizing on the latest trend... and it's working. They shouldn't be getting as popular as they are. Apparently there's no quality control on Tumblr and the users promote every pop punk band who fits into the scene. Stop it.


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Rhyme
December 2nd 2013



947 Comments


Few issues here. Italicize album title instead and don't bold things because it doesn't make your point any more effective.

"Need proof? Watch "A Part of Me" acoustic @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkbSlPH95nE where he struggles with singing his own song, in a lower key than it's recorded in, no less. The ratio for likes to dislikes is 40:1, so along with having bad taste in music, Neck Deep fans must be tone deaf."

Remove this and reference the actual album instead of a live video because this the album were talking about here. I don't think I need to explain the why whole like/dislike ratio and insult to Neck Deep fans is inappropriate.

"The remaining songs range from unmemorable ("Silver Lining") to pointless ("All Hype, No Heart") to god awful ("A Part of Me")."

Expand your ideas here. Explain why those songs are unmemorable, pointless, and god awful.

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MyLittlePenis
December 2nd 2013



710 Comments


you're supposed to underline album titles.

it does make my point more effective.

the live video shows how autotuned his voice is on the ep and how it hardly works for him, as he still sounds horrible. i should make that more clear.

the like/dislike ratio further proves my point about Tumblr fans and the state of the pop punk scene.

yeah, i'll expand on individual songs. i just didn't want to do a covered up tbt.

thanks.

Cygnatti
December 2nd 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

yes, don't even like tssf all that much but this band is the fucking worst.

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Cygnatti
December 2nd 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

hey andrew

SatelliteYears
December 2nd 2013



190 Comments


Didn't realize how bad the lyrics were on this album. Good review even though I disagree, I think it's mediocre instead of bad.

MadKungFu
December 2nd 2013



375 Comments


With a little more effort this could have been a great review. Album is very nearly shit.

East Hastings
December 2nd 2013



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You suck

dimsim3478
December 3rd 2013



4735 Comments


Oh shit I was almost gonna buy tix to see these guys. Admittedly it was for the support (Trophy Eyes) but THANK GOD I DIDN'T

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MyLittlePenis
December 3rd 2013



710 Comments


damn maybe i'll get it right next time

yourmindsdecide
December 3rd 2013



42 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

To be fair, that video was made after a gig and they probably played their own songs well, but the singer was just tired or some shit.

Album is atrocious though.

Eulogize
December 3rd 2013



2968 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good album

MyLittlePenis
December 3rd 2013



710 Comments


FUCK HIS CAR AND FUCK HIS MUNNAYYYY

Eulogize
December 3rd 2013



2968 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

word

IfYouRun
December 3rd 2013



291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Keep in mind they had been a band for 3 months max when they made this EP. Check out their newer EP, the quality is MUCH better.

MyLittlePenis
December 3rd 2013



710 Comments


lol what kind of logic is that

i dont care if they had only been a band for a week, the ep is still shit

and in their new one they rip off the wonder years + the story so far. it's better, i gave it a 2, accurately

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 4th 2013



49788 Comments


"you're supposed to underline album titles.

it does make my point more effective.

the like/dislike ratio further proves my point about Tumblr fans and the state of the pop punk scene."

wut



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KSK1
December 4th 2013



4072 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My rating is way too high but I actually liked this

MyLittlePenis
December 4th 2013



710 Comments


"wut"

yea

joshieboy12345
January 9th 2014



5370 Comments


I get where you're coming from with the band being just a cheap TSSF. Agreed.

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YakNips
June 7th 2014



7250 Comments


classic

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