The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There


4.5
superb

Review

by Jack Boaden USER (29 Reviews)
April 20th, 2014 | 17 replies | 776 views


Release Date: 02/25/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Realised potential.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Massachusetts’ The Hotelier have returned, armed to the teeth with melody and conviction. For such a young band too, their confidence is staggering. 2011 saw the band release It Never Goes Out, a release that, whilst loved, was a fairly generic pop-punk album. The band dips their feet into a wider sound here on Home, Like Noplace Is There, and it definitely pays off.

One of the most important aspects of the album is how well it flows, so much so that it’s a case of The Hotelier having incredible ideas and even better execution. ‘An Introduction To The Album’ introduces the idea of optimism which is weaved subtly in each of the nine songs, and the voice in which singer Christian Holden narrates the music is tender, often reflecting the rest of the unit. This results in an overwhelming sense of cohesiveness, even when the band exchanges the gritty punk rock of ‘In Framing’ and ‘Life In Drag’ for the melodic delicacies of ‘Housebroken’.

But, it’s the lyrics and Holden‘s delivery that are the album’s selling point. He deals with the familiar topics of growing and friendship, whilst balancing it with more mature subjects like suicide, domestic abuse and even gender difficulties, all the while remaining catchy. If any of these topics are familiar to you, then Home, Like Noplace Is There is sure to hit the emotions harder than a left hook from Mike Tyson himself. Holden‘s voice is interesting too; Pitchfork once described him as “passionate enough to aspire to the high notes, lacking the training and polish to hit them”, all in a Mike Kinsella-esque fashion.

Simply put, Home, Like Noplace Is There is an absolutely breath-taking listen from start to finish. Each song drips maturity and emotion from every pore, whether it’s Holden‘s impassioned singing, the wondrous melodies and chord progressions the band use, or even the highly poignant lyrics. If one thing is clear, it’s that the The Hotelier‘s sophomore record will be high up on critics’ end-of-year lists, and we’re not even a quarter of the way through 2014.



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TwoMonthsInTheCold
April 19th 2014



288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Short review for a shortish album. If you haven't already, get it NOW.

Life In Drag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r23m91Hclbc

Scoot
April 19th 2014



17681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yep rules

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FearThyEvil
April 19th 2014



12257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not really that big on pop-punk to begin with but man this is one hell of an album.

TheMoreira
April 19th 2014



6948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, pos'd.

Not really that big on pop-punk to begin with but man this is one hell of an album. [2] hard

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Rowan5215
April 19th 2014



24415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review also your name is one letter away from being the same as my name which is freaking me out

zaruyache
April 19th 2014



5883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I CALLED IN SI-ICK FROM YOUR FU-UUUU-UUU-NER-AAAA-AAAAL

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2014



49791 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I'm surprised at the lack of 5s for this

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Rowan5215
April 20th 2014



24415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There's only one Trebor

Kris.
April 20th 2014



12152 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

no actually there are at least two rob lowes but idk if the real robby l would like this

Rowan5215
April 20th 2014



24415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What did you do with him

Kris.
April 20th 2014



12152 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

http://cdn.redalertpolitics.com/files/2014/04/Rob-Lowe.jpg

ooo he so handsome

Rowan5215
April 20th 2014



24415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow gonna go file that under my folder entitled "the truest of men"!

Crawl
April 20th 2014



1553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

the pills that you gave me didn't do anything, I just slept for years on end, fuck

Rowan5215
April 20th 2014



24415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I had the chance to construct something beautiful and I choked
I CHOKED
I CHOKED
I CHOOOOOOOOKED

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2014



13503 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"I'm surprised at the lack of 5s for this"

It's cuz Release Date: 02/25/2014

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Rowan5215
April 20th 2014



24415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah if this was released pre-2000 it would have a 4.4 average confirmed

TheMoreira
April 21st 2014



6948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This might or might not be a 4 to me



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