The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There


4.5
superb

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (109 Reviews)
February 19th, 2014 | 647 replies


Release Date: 02/25/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On their sophomore effort, The Hotelier have evolved into something truly profound. This is a band at the top of their game.

If there was only one word I could use to describe my feelings towards The Hotelier’s emotionally fueled sophomore effort, it would be proud. Sure, their debut full length was excellent in its own right, but this follow-up is everything a fan could ask for, and so much more. Following a change in record labels as well as their name (previously The Hotel Year) it’s nice to see them bounce back with so much confidence and stability. It’s a welcome expansion to their sound, and it works wonders for the band.

Everything about Home, Like NoPlace Is There reeks of maturity. The songs are longer, the lyrics have evolved from great to excellent, and the production is just delightful to the ears. Nothing feels out of place and there’s not a track that doesn’t leave an impression as Christian Holden unleashes his most convincing performance to date. Whether he’s stretching his vocal boundaries on songs like the aggressive, hardcore influenced ‘Life in Drag’ or showing us his softer side, he sounds better than ever as he brings each moment to life with pure, unadulterated emotion. The guitars work quite well alongside Holden's nasally voice, always matching his level of intensity, while never stealing the spotlight from his exceptional performance. From the poignant opening track to the kick-ass closer, the album simply doesn’t miss a beat as we are taken on a journey much deeper than one might expect from this genre. And let’s not forget ‘Among The Wildflowers’, which perfectly blends emo and hardcore to create a beast of a track that’s sure to snag a spot as song of the year by numerous music nerds, and for good reason.

However, it’s the subject matter behind these songs that makes them so meaningful. Holden holds nothing back as he spills his guts on topics such as growing up to more thought-provoking themes like gender confusion and suicide. ‘Your Deep Rest’ contains the memorable yet haunting lines I called in sick from your funeral, the sight of your family made me feel responsible. As the listener digs deeper they’ll discover the death of the person in mention was no accident and there are several hints that there was a suicide note left behind.

Remember me for me, I need to set my spirit free.

It’s difficult to pinpoint a specific genre to The Hotelier’s Home, Like NoPlace Is There, and perhaps that’s what makes it so spectacular. Whether your preference leans towards emo, punk, or hardcore, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy on the band’s latest affair. Yet, it’s the sheer conviction behind the music itself that raises the album to a level all of its own. Each song is enhanced by the band’s clever lyricism and the guitars evoke emotion behind Holden’s commanding role on the microphone. No matter how you spin it, it’s sure to go down as one of the most memorable releases of 2014. It’s raw and honest, yet focused and refined. I don’t think they can get much better than this.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


19749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

In order to fully understand the summary, one must listen to the album.

Here's the stream in case you didn't see it:

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/news/30174/The-Hotelier-Stream-New-Album/


Also, as always please give me feedback on how I can improve my reviews if you notice anything

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Gyromania
February 19th 2014


15706 Comments


good review. agreements all 'round

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


19749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks gyro, you're a bro. I can honestly see myself 5'ing this

manosg
February 19th 2014


6076 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very well written man even though I have no idea who these dudes are, haha. Anyway, you have my support.

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dimsim3478
February 19th 2014


5018 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

POP FUCKING PUNK

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


1616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh shit.. Guess I need to check this out pronto.

avonbarksdale221
February 19th 2014


8229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review. album destroys.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


16023 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nice rev mate, dislike pop-punk but might try it cos it's you

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oneups
February 19th 2014


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

About halfway through my first listen. Man was I excited for this. Not feeling disappointed, either. Worthy followup to a hell of a debut.

Ryus
February 19th 2014


2452 Comments


damn sweet, pop-punk has been lookin pretty fine these past couple years

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
February 19th 2014


13136 Comments


ive felt a bit a buzz from this direction

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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


7996 Comments


I guess I'll listen to this!

Scoot
February 19th 2014


17752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

awesome

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


19749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@manosg, thanks man I appreciate it! Yeah, I don't think this is your kind of thing but if your curious you should give it a shot

Thanks avon.

@ mena, lol thanks man

aircycle
February 19th 2014


965 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

trending at #7...

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2014


15737 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i can't tell if i like, dislike, or just dont really care about this

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2014


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Definitely one of your best reviews. Wonderful work Atari

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


16023 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"i can't tell if i like, dislike, or just dont really care about this"

that just about sums up my feeling when i hear most pop-punk (altho havent heard this yet)

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


19749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks Omaha I appreciate it! Means a lot coming from you

Ecnalzen
February 19th 2014


6531 Comments


Nice, Atari. I liked the song you had me check out. Will have to listen to the rest.



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