Hospitality
Trouble


4.0
excellent

Review

by Rudy K. STAFF
January 31st, 2014 | 21 replies


Release Date: 01/28/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Everything must go.

Trouble is uncertainty, shaky and unsure of itself but damn fine with going wherever it wants to. As a document of late 20s aimlessness, it’s the appropriate – the only, really – follow-up to 2012’s superb Hospitality. That record was a pitch-perfect approximation of Indie Pop, emphasis on the glockenspiel and Zooey Deschanel sundresses, the kind of indie that is almost too blinding to look at, which is why everyone stares ahead and shuffles their feet pathetically at shows. Trouble, meanwhile, can barely stand up. It stumbles from influence to influence with the halfhearted particularity of a weekend warrior deciding which brunch place is the ideal retox: bloody mary or mimosa or rent? If this sounds terrible, it’s because it should – the feel of generational angst, when you’ve left the nest but you still don’t really know how you’re not supposed to go back, like gravity is about to catch up with you before the next paycheck does. This is Trouble in a nutshell. It doesn’t know what to do with itself, and in this case, it’s to its benefit: in its cracked lyrics and frantic embrace of ‘70s California rock, rambling rock, atmospheric folk and even bubbling synth-pop, it’s a record propped up by imagination and dreams, years worth of vulnerability and pent-up uselessness just sloshing over the surface.

If it wasn’t for Amber Papini, Trouble would be a mess. Her voice is the one constant here, from “Nightingale’s” celebratory yelps to the fake apathy of “It’s Not Serious” and the desperate, sweaty “I Miss Your Bones.” Papini is the kind of wry, self-deprecating, somewhat unreliable narrator this portrait of confused young adulthood needs, holding the threads of an unraveling band together by force of will and a serrated wit. It’s to Papini’s credit that Hospitality can feel the confidence to traverse the darker territory they navigate here and still sound like essentially the same band that was picking flowers and laughing through the streets of Brooklyn in 2012, albeit with a willingness to stretch, however painfully. An epic like “Last Words” squirms and fidgets along its six-and-a-half minute runtime, a brooding, meandering piece of electro-pop with lyrics that read like a descent into some kind of personal hell. Instead of sounding out of place, it’s the logical climax of the record, its murky synths and twitchy, wandering guitar solo attempting to unfurl all the anxiety and turmoil endemic to the experience of growing up on your own.

That “Last Words” precedes the lovely, lounging “Sunship,” with its trumpet part like a rocket lazily spinning off into a suburbia sky, and “Call Me After,” a wistful torch song, is no surprise. Those latter two are the most peaceful of Trouble’s grab bag of tones: “Sunship” a blissful and cleansing comedown; “Call Me After,” if not triumphant, at least accepting that yeah, sometimes things don’t work out, but overall this is a pretty damn fine time, young and in the city and in love, with someone or something or a dream, it doesn’t really matter. It’s a quiet euphoria that Papini hints at earlier, in the sunwashed disco vibe of “Going Out,” but where there you can sense the strain of reality fraying the edges of a weekend illusion, “Call Me After” is fully grounded in its narrator’s state of mind. There may be some misgivings, a knock to her confidence or even a defeat, but it’s not the crushing one Papini might have expected before. Trouble is disjointed, often skating away from one comfortable spot before unwisely blundering into another, but it never feels anything less than right. This is the messiness Hospitality hinted at but reined in, that record’s bright hues splashed every which way in a kind of beautiful Pollock. It may be unsteady, difficult to follow and, occasionally, to process, ugly even: but isn’t that how things are supposed to be when you’re learning? Trouble is a brave step forward for a band unafraid to test its limits and a frontwoman unable to see any.




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tommygun
January 31st 2014


24992 Comments


klap lives

review is swee album sounds tasty will jam

Rowan5215
January 31st 2014


27250 Comments


You can embed SC links in a review now?
woah

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2014


10510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

check out that dum dum girls thomas

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tommygun
January 31st 2014


24992 Comments


my birth certificate legit says tom but ok sure

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2014


10510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but what if i want to call you thomas

fromtheinside
January 31st 2014


18854 Comments


your words melt my heart

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2014


50697 Comments


Rudy is my hero

Digging: The Smith Street Band - Throw Me in the River

Gyromania
January 31st 2014


15941 Comments


great review, rudy. the song you posted is pretty good - i especially like the bass. will check out the rest

tommygun
January 31st 2014


24992 Comments


i just won't respond :]

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2014


8371 Comments


This is such a good review, I only wish I could write like this. Rudy, you are an inspiration!

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2014


10510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks guys. matt the bass on this album is pretty good throughout

tommygun
February 1st 2014


24992 Comments


a nice album for a sundee morning

it's not serious is a lovely tune

TWIGtheWONDERKID
February 2nd 2014


860 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, great writing, will have to check this out.

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 3rd 2014


23924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

such a good review

I guess I would like this?

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klap
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2014


10510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah probs

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2014


6182 Comments


klap are you obsessed with zooey deschanel

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2014


10510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i may or may not have a poster of her on my bedroom wall probably not tho teehee

tommygun
February 3rd 2014


24992 Comments


you moved it to the ceiling above your bed didn't you

Gyromania
February 5th 2014


15941 Comments


checked this out and loved it. january kicked off 2014 in a huge way. here's to hoping the rest of the year is as good.

and yes rudy the bass is great

also zoey deschanel is simultaneously adorable and hot. mostly the former though. funny i saw that comment because i'm currently watching 500 days of summer

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 14th 2014


23924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this opening track though...



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