The Hotelier
It Never Goes Out


4.0
excellent

Review

by oneups USER (3 Reviews)
December 31st, 2013 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A light that may yet grow brighter, and will definitely never go out

Pop Punk is a scene that's been seeing another massive revival in the past few years. For fans of the genre like myself this exhumation is a two sided coin, because although the bands they love are getting more attention and momentum a lot of overproduced artists have essentially ruined the credibility of the music to most. The Hotelier is one of the few bands who manage to stand on the shoulders of contemporary giants like The Wonder Years and State Lines while maintaining a unique sound and style. After changing their name from "The Hotel Year" to their current moniker in anticipation of their second LP, they've managed to stir up some interest in the fans of their first album. Most would say the interest is deserved, considering the content of their first full length. After releasing only a modest but solid seven song EP in 2009 that made very few ripples in the scene, many people were surprised at the relative behemoth released by them in 2011.

From the first power chord in the aptly named opener "Our Lives Would Make a Sad, Boring Movie," it's understood that you're in for some captivating and at the very least interesting music. As the song progresses it only serves to prove that feeling right with its satirical words and intrinsic imperfections. One of the defining factors of It Never Goes Out, though, is it's replay value and ability to grow. With each ensuing listen, the good moments seem to become better and the moments you may have missed before become quintessential. An album streaked with sonic diversity while never getting especially adventurous, It Never Goes Out has something in it to attract nearly every fan of pop punk or emo. With lyrics like "To the schools that brought us up and had us 'socialized', teaching us the world through hall passes and single file lines," they deliver the angsty biting lines expected and craved by many while standing a step or two above the rest with their depth and strive for meaning. Moments of lyrical greatness are found nearly everywhere, with from "Our Lives Would Make A Sad, Boring Movie" where the above quote is found being a standout example. Another solid lyrical track is "Weathered," where the band sings "It was love. It was true love, not that *** sold from Hallmark, Hollywood, or Wal-Mart. I'm losing twelve years worth of soul mates, and its harder and realer than anything I've ever felt" in a way that you can't help but relate to.

Musically, The Hotelier succeeds in building atmospheres to aptly suit their songs and keep their music interesting while not succumbing to the stagnation many groups archetypal of the genre seem to be overcome with. Where many groups tend to fall either into the decidedly poppy area of the genre or the much more hardcore other end of the spectrum, this group manages to stay on the fence with their share of heavier riffs and plenty of yells while retaining an admirable pop sensibility. Although the vocals have a tendency to get a little rough and the guitar has slight slip ups, it's those moments that become redeeming qualities after repeated listens. The passion behind the music is nearly constant and you can tell with every word and strum that they really believe in what they're singing. That said, the album does have its share of shortcomings. "Vacancy" in particular serves no purpose in furthering the album and while not being a bad track serves to hold back the rest of the album as a cohesive whole. Even considering this, It Never Goes Out is undoubtedly a sorely overlooked release with a quality unparalleled by most of their peers.

Pros
Deep, angsty lyrics
Grip on tension and atmosphere
Passionate singing

Cons
Vocals are not for everyone
Filler track

Recommended tracks: "Our Lives Would Make A Sad, Boring Movie", "Weathered", "Holiday", "Still-Water Spectacle", "Title Track (There Is a Light)"


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Comments:Add a Comment 
oneups
December 31st 2013


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Saw this album didn't have a review and it definitely needed one. Just wrote it up so any constructive
criticism is appreciated.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 31st 2013


19926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Props for reviewing this. Great album indeed

Digging: Transit - Joyride

BroFro
December 31st 2013


405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If it weren't for the vocals this band could really be a force in the genre. Hopefully they clean it up on the new album.

Digging: Transit - Joyride

oneups
December 31st 2013


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would agree with that. The off moments really hold them back from realizing their potential.

aircycle
December 31st 2013


1001 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

what are the off moments? i've always found the vocals very agreeable

pmmets07
December 31st 2013


5900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the vox are quite good if you ask me

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 31st 2013


19926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I dig the vocals, they remind me of piebald

aircycle
December 31st 2013


1001 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i love i'm gone

that guy isn't in the band anymore tho

oneups
December 31st 2013


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I don't dislike the vocals. But there are moments I feel people could be turned off, even though I personally like them. Some people I knew who are fans of the genre weren't big on the band when I showed them, mostly because of the vocals.

TriangularDuck
December 31st 2013


87 Comments


oh cool I had no idea they changed their name

oneups
January 12th 2014


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't either. For awhile I thought Sputnik didn't have them at all which shocked and saddened me.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2014


19926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the lyrics kick ass on this album

oneups
January 19th 2014


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No doubt, the lyrics are close to if not my favorite part. There are some really epic lines. Opening track has some killer verses. "To the schools that brought us up and had us 'socialized', teaching us the world through hall passes and single file lines. We are discouraged to ask questions or to raise a fist. No wonder nobody can tell there's something so much bigger than this."

That's gotta be universally relatable.

oneups
January 19th 2014


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No doubt, the lyrics are close to if not my favorite part. There are some really epic lines. Opening track has some killer verses. "To the schools that brought us up and had us 'socialized', teaching us the world through hall passes and single file lines. We are discouraged to ask questions or to raise a fist. No wonder nobody can tell there's something so much bigger than this."

That's gotta be universally relatable.

joshuahuntkc
January 29th 2014


1601 Comments


I'm playing a show with these guys in march. pretty stoked.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2014


19926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^lucky. Band kicks ass. I sense a 4.5 in the near future

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2014


19926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

heard a few songs off the new album and it's turning out to be just as good as this hopefully. Wish more people would listen to these guys

joshuahuntkc
February 13th 2014


1601 Comments


I did not know the new album was out.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2014


19926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well, not to feb 18th i think but yeah. Might review it

joshuahuntkc
February 13th 2014


1601 Comments


sweet



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