Neck Deep
Wishful Thinking


3.0
good

Review

by NoSons USER (20 Reviews)
January 16th, 2014 | 29 replies | 4,448 views


Release Date: 01/14/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wishful Thinking during the last half.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

The debut LP of the band Neck Deep is an album that has high points and low points. That is the best short sentence summary I can provide. 'Wishful Thinking,' is an album that has many influences laced in it's musicality, and the blend the band adds is at times very fresh, but at times overly repetitive. The album is quick and spread out over twelve songs. These songs are often structured in a similar fashion, verse, pre chorus, chorus, verse, chorus, maybe a bridge, end chorus. This formula works well on some tracks, but can be repetitive over a full length album.

'Losing Teeth' is the first song, and really sets the pace for the whole album. It is a moderate tempo with catchy, smooth vocals. The lyrics are wishful, happy, and trying to extend progress in the lyricists life. Overall this song is a great opener for this particular album. The next two songs have strong lead parts over chord progressions with similar and predictable song structures. Track four, 'Damsel in Distress," was the first song that had variations in patterns of guitar picking and drumming, which had my hopes rise that maybe this album will be more interesting to listen to. Then the next four songs are very similar and often times lost my interest. 'Zoltair Speaks' has the album title embedded in the lyrics, "let this sink in, wishful thinking," in case any one was wondering. 'Growing Pains' finally has a bass part shine for a few seconds, intertwined with a decent drum pattern.

It was not until track nine, 'Sweet Nothings,' where I think this band gave an insight into how talented the music can be. The song has a sweet with quick, blasting drums. The rolling drums throughout the verse really build up to a solid chorus. The next verse has great syncopation and rhythm, with the drums mixed in grooves and blasts while the guitars provide a slower palm-muted variations. The distortion finally comes off in the bridge and the vocalist calls out "Baby do you think of me," while an echo of this is sung back. The song ends with a solid bang. From track ten to twelve, this band actually shows a bit of musicality in their songs. 'What Do You Expect' has a bridge with guitarists bouncing riffs off one another and a half-paced chorus, bringing more variation to the song. 'Black Pages' features a change in tempo at the mid-point of the song. Closing track, 'Candour,' is very mellow with single picked notes ringing out without any sort of distortion. The harmonies between the vocalist and featured guest are more dynamic, adding a great feel to the ballad.

Overall this album is a decent listen, but nothing to redefine the genre. The album takes too long to get interesting, but I do recommend tracks 9-12, these tracks could create a solid EP. 'Wishful Thinking' is an album that fans of Four Year Strong, The Offspring, and other pop punks acts can enjoy.



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NoSons
January 15th 2014



75 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I thought I would give this review a shot, any comments would be helpful. Not defining anything new in
the progress, but some songs actually are interesting. Overall a repetitive and safe album.

SadAndHolyGlow
January 15th 2014



1498 Comments


To the point. I like it.

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dmp3131
January 15th 2014



535 Comments


I heard a song by them yesterday...and i wasn't sure how I felt about it. It was okay, but nothing groundbreaking.

Calc
January 15th 2014



11927 Comments


didnt like the song i heard by these guys.

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Eulogize
January 16th 2014



2968 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Losing Teeth and Candour are my two favorite tracks so far. I also like the original 'What Did You Expect' more than the one on here.

Crawl
January 16th 2014



1527 Comments


Is this something like Wonder Years or not?

Eulogize
January 16th 2014



2968 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

na, it's more like The Story So Far

IfYouRun
January 16th 2014



291 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This isn't the best release from them, they murdered What Did You Expect. It's good but doesn't have the energy or constant quality of their EP's.

Crawl
January 16th 2014



1527 Comments


Listened. It really does remind me of TSSF and it wasn't bad on the first listen.

FromBradToWorse
January 16th 2014



1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A good deal of the tracks lack the motor necessary to thrive in this genre. Chalk that up to being their first LP, I guess.

"Good job, good effort!"

Eulogize
January 17th 2014



2968 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'and it wasn't bad on the first listen.'

yeah, I don't know why people are saying this isn't that good. Really, the only song that isn't great is What Did You Expect and I say that because I like the original that was on Rain In July more than the one here.

MyLittlePenis
January 19th 2014



706 Comments


heard the first 2 songs from the stream. the production sucks the life completely out of them - sounds like a brick + so much bass and sub-bass that it obscures everything else. but of course

WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?

lololololzzzzzzzzz

hahGAY
January 20th 2014



150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I simply am upset. This was such a highly anticipated album and they completely ruined it. He always keeps his voice at a dull low, and it never hits that high that makes it crack like in "Part of Me". They slow the shit out of What Did You Expect as well and took the joy out of it.

HOBD will always be my favorite work by them and if they play Warped this year i will see them but if they don't play Up In Smoke i will have no problem leaving.

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ShitsofRain
January 20th 2014



5497 Comments


such a letdown

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Eulogize
January 21st 2014



2968 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"but if they don't play Up In Smoke i will have no problem leaving."

that'll show em

MyLittlePenis
January 21st 2014



706 Comments


theyll play it as soon as you leave

MyLittlePenis
January 21st 2014



706 Comments


http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/neck-deep/2014/barfly-london-england-5bc5979c.html

no up in smoke, and thats a headlining show, sup now

Eulogize
January 22nd 2014



2968 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dam rip

Cygnatti
January 22nd 2014



21349 Comments


shit

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ShitsofRain
January 22nd 2014



5497 Comments


they wish they were good xd



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