Ought
More Than Any Other Day


3.8
excellent

Review

by Greg Fisher STAFF
May 29th, 2014 | 51 replies


Release Date: 04/29/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ought perform a distinctly inspirational brand of post-punk on their standout debut.

Even though Ought are a young art-punk outfit that only formed in the last couple of years, they've already crafted a fairly distinctive sound. The quartet juxtapose a conversational vocal style hearkening back to the days of Talking Heads with a dissonant, high-strung guitar play and funk-echoing rhythm section both recalling the output of anarcho-punk rockers, The Ex. Ought are extremely capable, and though they wear their influences on their sleeves, one could hardly accuse them of slavish imitation. Their debut album More Than Any Other Day boasts an aura of positivity that clearly distinguishes them from their apocalypse-obsessed post-punk peers, but there's also an experimental edge to their songs which often ebb and flow unhurriedly, taking their sweet time to unravel.

The band's frontman Tim Beeler delivers his stream-of-consciousness musings with unbridled optimism and unironic humor. The know-it-all narration of 'Habit' revolves around discovering and embracing one's limitations, while the title track implies that even the most mundane moments of everyday life should be treasured. “Today, more than any other day, I am prepared to make the decision between two percent and whole milk,” Beeler states enthusiastically. His post-modernist views feel totally personable even when they are drenched in politics. “We won’t take it anymore,” he attests in the infectious chorus of the stunning 'The Weather Song,' referencing 2012's student protests against drastically rising tuition fees in Quebec. In essence, More Than Any Other Day is about collective hope, the feeling that people together can stand against copious amounts of adversaries to achieve their common goal. That's by all means an admirable message in any genre of music.

While More Than Any Other Day might be faultless from an ideological standpoint, the songwriting chops of the quartet are not always on the nose. The album's at its best when Ought seethe with spiraling intensity. 'Habit' is certainly a standout track, splendidly building up from soothing guitar licks to a rapturous finale. Glittering with wobbly guitar swipes that are in stark contrast with Beeler's impactful delivery, 'Clarity!' even manages to up the ante when it comes to the sheer visceral power. However, when the band holds back on such tracks as 'Forgiveness' and 'Around Again' the record just loses steam. It seems that a more focused, tighter songwriting approach would obliterate the meandering passages and smooth out the rough edges. Ought have plenty of time to hone their craft, though. For now their debut release shows great promise, deftly combining the ferocity of punk with soul-baring lyricism.




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greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 29th 2014


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

I feel a habit forming...

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TheBarber
May 29th 2014


1963 Comments


Never been able to get under this kind of idealistic lyricsm but eh it's the sound that matters the most in music so I'll be sure to check this out, short and sweet review greg

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tommygun
May 29th 2014


24931 Comments


a staffer using the word 'juxtapose' neg

album is ok

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TheBarber
May 29th 2014


1963 Comments


digging Habit especially the whole musical build around their vocalist (great voice btw). It's really
chill and it's from Constellation records so how can you go wrong?

someguest
May 29th 2014


20527 Comments


recommended by reviewer: talking heads - remain in light


:O

SeaAnemone
May 29th 2014


20304 Comments


this is actually the best
I still h8 you greg and I didn't read your review because doing so would probably give me herpes but good on your for the choice to review this / score

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SeaAnemone
May 29th 2014


20304 Comments


though I still can't imagine why people are all hung up on Habit
the title (ish) track is so much betta

klap
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2014


10415 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

weird a friend of mine literally just told me to check these guys out today

TheBarber
May 30th 2014


1963 Comments


this is a perfect slacker album, lovin'it

greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2014


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Yeah. I also think Clarity! is sort of underrated. This may be my favorite track on here. The closer Gemini is also really good.

It's a good slacker album indeed, Barber.

Cygnatti
May 30th 2014


21352 Comments


Will check!

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Atrophy
May 30th 2014


816 Comments


opener rules

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sniper
May 30th 2014


19049 Comments


A HABIT A HABIT A HABIT A HABIT A HABIT A

I FEEEEELLLLLAAAAA


habit is soty

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
May 30th 2014


7026 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Forgiveness is a hidden gem on this record


habit is soty [2]

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SpritzSpritz
May 31st 2014


528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

every song on this is fabulous

TheBarber
May 31st 2014


1963 Comments


Yeah, I mean this record has flaws but it backs it up with personnality and I prefer the latter in this case

sniper
May 31st 2014


19049 Comments


why is no one listening to this

TheBarber
May 31st 2014


1963 Comments


sput sucks for post-punk

LordePots
June 1st 2014


6614 Comments


this is actually the best
I still h8 you greg and I didn't read your review because doing so would probably give me herpes but good on your for the choice to review this / score


hahahahahaah

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Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014


7026 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I retain the right to be disgusted by life
I retain the right to be in love with everything in sight



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