Issues
Issues


2.0
poor

Review

by Tony Li USER (36 Reviews)
February 16th, 2014 | 68 replies


Release Date: 02/18/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Issues" by Issues is plagued with issues.

Ever since Issues' inception in the wake of the frustratingly asinine bit of band drama surrounding star child Tyler Carter's sudden departure of Woe, Is Me, the band has established itself as a fun-loving, pop-hook-inclined act with an infallible sense of humor. That, and ceaseless energy. Where Woe, Is Me took themselves way too seriously (and so they failed glamorously), Issues adopted a lighthearted attitude and continued making their brand of gimmicky but superficially enjoyable "RnBcore." Very predictably so, to a fault, Issues' newest self-titled release essentially reuses the same exact formula they've been following, except this time the audience is presented a full-length album instead of a shorter, more tolerable EP.

It's probably no surprise to musical aficionados of any level that making a full-length out of basically the same song recycled repeatedly is not a good idea in any sense of the word "good". To add to this quandary, the genre in question itself is already filled to the brim with recycled material; Issues thrives off of tired tropes, from the staggeringly inane look-at-me-I'm-hardcore guitar chugging to a high-pitched, acrobatic vocalist. Tyler Carter may be considered a powerful singing talent who shines above his contemporaries, but his already questionable songwriting abilities are very constrained here as he delivers unmemorable melody after melody, rendered even more useless as they are all the more awash in a sea of similar ones. After all, what's good about a fantastic voice if it isn't utilized well?

Tyler's inconsistent performance is certainly nothing new, and in the context of a full-length this represents a severe chink in the band's already weak "guilty-pleasure" armor; a group like Issues is anchored on its vocal hooks simply because it allows the most memorable melodic permutations, and when that fails it's really not reasonable to expect a robotic guitarist, a forgettable percussionist, a nigh invisible bassist, or an unvaried harsh vocalist to pick up the slack. Moreover, it's difficult to figure out which is more infuriating: the weakness of the album itself, or the inevitable heap of positive reception it is sure to garner due to low, over-accommodating standards. At the end of the day, Issues has presented us with more of the same, although realistically it's neither captivating nor powerful enough to have any lasting value beyond vapid and sugary immediacy. Not even touches of hip hop beats, shoddy dubstep, or weakly juvenile rap verses can save it.

"Honestly, the whole album is bonkers but also one of the most creative and genre shattering albums you will hear this, or any other, year." –teamrockradio.com



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Azn.
February 15th 2014


5609 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

sorry but not sorry

this release troubles me

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 15th 2014


50362 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

there's no stream is there?

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Azn.
February 15th 2014


5609 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

there is; it's really weird

http://instagram.com/issuesselftitled

the band did it on instagram for some reason

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 15th 2014


50362 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

what dicks

Rowan5215
February 15th 2014


26335 Comments


that summary

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TheSpirit
February 15th 2014


17828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Good review, though it does seem a bit rushed. I think you were super redundant when talking about Tyler's vocals, but
whatever. Not going to pos o neg, it was informative jus maybe not as much as I would have liked.

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Winsomniac
February 15th 2014


7972 Comments


Us Asians and our eternal struggles with summaries

Rhyme
February 15th 2014


1015 Comments


is there anything like hooligans on this if so i will check

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2014


28517 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

third rate crescendocore

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2014


28517 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

god hooligans was so good

Azn.
February 15th 2014


5609 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

and this isn't

Azn.
February 15th 2014


5609 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

lovin the neggage

TheSpirit
February 15th 2014


17828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Even if it was me (it wasn't) at least I gave you some feedback

Azn.
February 15th 2014


5609 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

thx m8

Azn.
February 15th 2014


5609 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i'm long past that phase where I thought approval rating meant anything

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2014


28517 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i negged but based on grammar and diction so no feedback necessary

Calc
February 15th 2014


12186 Comments


you reviewing a lot lately mayne good to see

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Azn.
February 15th 2014


5609 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

theacademy: oh shaddap, you just like this album more than I do : )

calc: thanks! I missed a promotion and I'm trying to step it up on current releases



theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2014


28517 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i havent heard this yet lol

Calc
February 15th 2014


12186 Comments


suck up to contribs and staff more duh.



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