Ought
More Than Any Other Day


3.0
good

Review

by IronGiant USER (14 Reviews)
May 4th, 2014 | 19 replies


Release Date: 04/29/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For those who prefer vanilla

More Than Any Other Day would fit just as comfortably in Television’s discography as it does in Montreal natives Ought's. In fact, parts of the album sound like stolen outtakes from the Marquee Moon sessions. Opener Pleasant Heart sounds like Tom Verlaine fronting Modest Mouse ala Lonesome Crowded West. The spastic yet catchy lead guitar line and jagged rhythm section provides the perfect tonal backdrop for the passionate vocals, which sound like David Byrne if he was brought up on American Football and Cap’n Jazz. The Weather Song is a more tame version of something off The World is a Beautiful…’s last release, Clarity! recalls Pavement cirque Wowee Zowee, and closer Gemini sounds like At the Drive-In if they had chosen to stay true to the sound they explored on In/Casino/Out.

And that is precisely why More Than Any Other Day fails to truly standout. Instead of paying homage to the group’s influences, the band replicates them completely, sacrificing a sense of identity and originality for accessibility. And when the band tries to find its own footing in creating a sound that is “unique”, they fall flat on their face.

The semi-title track starts completely banal and consists of deadpan vocal work until halfway through, when the band decides to awkwardly transition into a more fast-paced second half. Unfortunately, by that point, it is already too late. The song has hit an iceberg, sinking at an exponential rate and completely submerged by the time it attempts to salvage itself. Habit never goes anywhere despite a five-minute build up. Forgiveness, while not as blatantly deceiving as Habit, does nothing to attempt to hold the listener’s attention.

When More Than Any Other Day hits its mark, it hits it hard, creating a sound that, while not original, resonates with the listener. It’s a shame that the highlights on this album are completely insulated by the more prevalent bland instrumentation and poor song structure; Ought would have been better off cutting away the album’s fat and opting instead to release a solid four song EP.

If anything, More Than Any Other Day does what a debut should do: it identifies the band’s strengths and weaknesses and provides room for growth. And while I’m sure the room to improve may be larger than what the band or us as listeners would have anticipated or hoped for, Ought proves that they have the potential to fill it.



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IronGiant
May 3rd 2014


937 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A short write-up for an album I stumbled across and had mixed feelings about. It's streaming on bandcamp for those who would like to listen: http://ought.bandcamp.com/.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2014


7025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wait

are you actually bashing Habit in this review

it's easily one of the best songs of the year


sniper
May 4th 2014


19079 Comments


wait

are you actually bashing Habit in this review

it's easily one of the best songs of the year
this.

sniper
May 4th 2014


19079 Comments


i don't even like this that much more than you (and most of it does make me feel like listening to television instead), but "habit" is a perfect song.

IronGiant
May 4th 2014


937 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Habit for me does nothing. It feels like half-assed post-rock. I really wanted to like this record because Marquee Moon is a favorite of mine but it felt more diluted and tame than the former.

IronGiant
May 4th 2014


937 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hope you guys still like the review even if you don't agree with everything

SeaAnemone
May 4th 2014


20970 Comments


And when the band tries to find its own footing in creating a sound that is “unique”, they fall flat on their face.


did the band say that in their bio or something?

Opener Pleasant Heart sounds like Tom Verlaine fronting Modest Mouse ala Lonesome Crowded West. The spastic yet catchy lead guitar line and jagged rhythm section provides the perfect tonal backdrop for the passionate vocals, which sound like David Byrne if he was brought up on American Football and Cap’n Jazz. The Weather Song is a more tame version of something off The World is a Beautiful…’s last release, Clarity! recalls Pavement cirque Wowee Zowee, and closer Gemini sounds like At the Drive-In if they had chosen to stay true to the sound they explored on In/Casino/Out.


I get that this is kinda your point (as you allude to later on) but this method of analyzing album is pretty weak and annoying
also, don't bold

Habit never goes anywhere despite a five-minute build up. Forgiveness, while not as blatantly deceiving as Habit, does nothing to attempt to hold the listener’s attention.


uhhhhh sounds like you may have gone into this with the wrong expectations, or something ... as others have mentioned, not really sure where you're coming up with this

When More Than Any Other Day hits its mark, it hits it hard, creating a sound that, while not original, resonates with the listener.


try to concentrate more on explaining why Album A does X instead of just using vague buzz words

Digging: Viet Cong - Viet Cong

SeaAnemone
May 4th 2014


20970 Comments


in other news, this is really good

SeaAnemone
May 4th 2014


20970 Comments


how do the vocals on "Pleasant Heart" sound remotely similar to American Football whatsoever smh

IronGiant
May 4th 2014


937 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

they don't. I said it sounds like David Byrne if he were brought up on 90s emo. And thanks for the advice Sea I'll work on those points in the future. I've always had a tough time showing rather than telling, but when I am able to find my groove, the rest flows nicely. Thanks for taking the time to point those rough patches out, this wasn't a review I spent much time on tbh but I still always wanna deliver quality work so I'll remember all that when writing the next one.

SeaAnemone
May 5th 2014


20970 Comments


still so good

tommygun
May 5th 2014


25425 Comments


first paragraph talks about television downloading hard

SeaAnemone
May 5th 2014


20970 Comments


today / more than any other day / I am prepared to make decisions / between 2% and whole milk

sniper
May 5th 2014


19079 Comments


definitely sounds like cap'n jazz confirmed by constellation records album page i'm not crazy right?

tommygun
May 6th 2014


25425 Comments


idk about this

IronGiant
May 6th 2014


937 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

about the album or the review tommy?

SeaAnemone
May 15th 2014


20970 Comments


still the best thing out of all the things

greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2014


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Digging this album a great deal actually.

sniper
May 16th 2014


19079 Comments


i thought this would be getting so much more attention than it actually is wtf sputnik



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