68
In Humor and Sadness


4.0
excellent

Review

by DelPaxtonsTheMan USER (7 Reviews)
August 1st, 2014 | 18 replies


Release Date: 07/08/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Free at last.

I remember the first time I heard the Midnight Ep. It was a strange thing to hear Josh Scogin, the frontman and mastermind behind the Chariot making music that was almost, well, fun. There was a relief in the sound, a kind of self-mockery that kept the listener from taking it too seriously, which is interesting, because if there's one thing the Chariot epitomized, it was self importance and seriousness. Where Chariot wanted to squeeze my face into a grimace, '68 was only out to make me smile.

So, needless to say, I was excited to hear In Humor and Sadness. I wanted to see Scogin take his trademark rage down a different path. I wanted to hear the riffs that were able to simultaneously pummel and uplift at the same time, and I wanted a new dose of those lovely screams. Most of all, I wanted a focused effort, something that wouldn't pale in comparison with the last two masterpieces the Chariot put together. But I didn't get that.

On the first listen, this album seemed incredibly unfocused. Songs darted in and out, failing to give any sort of "wow" factor at all. Light instrumentation and clean vocals came in to replace the distortion and heaviness that was Scogin's trademark. I was angry. How could this have happened, especially when every song released prior kept the hope alive? Maybe Josh Scogin wasn't the genius I made him out to be, everyone made him out to be. Maybe he was a bum.

Or maybe not. When I finally worked up the courage to listen to it again, there was a remarkable err of confidence in Scogin's voice and playing, as if he knew I wouldn't like it. As if he was revelling in how unfocused he was. As if, in a strange way, he was more than content to feed my anger with a song like Track 9, which is just a quiet guitar and half-hearted singing. He wanted it this way. And he was right all along.

This album is Josh Scogin throwing up his middle finger to the world, and it is glorious. Every expectation that was made has now been shattered, and this release stands as the evidence for a new man. Of course it's unfocused, but it's beautiful in that. Gone are the chains of previous bands, previous masterpieces, previous atmospheres, previous reputations. Here to stay is the man who is using his newfound creative freedom to make some of the best music of the year.

Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last.



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DrJohn
August 1st 2014


489 Comments


I checked the first track... sounds grunge in parts.

DrJohn
August 1st 2014


489 Comments


The second track I like more...

DelPaxtonsTheMan
August 1st 2014


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea, the farther you get into the album the less aggressive it gets. Except for the last track maybe. And really, you neg'd the
review for something that's not even in the review?

DelPaxtonsTheMan
August 1st 2014


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm inclined to, since 0 out of 1 looks bad at the top. But it was a joke. I'm not gonna take it off just to get a dumb pos. Sorry

DrJohn
August 1st 2014


489 Comments


I didn't push the neg mate, I was just checking the tunes on youtube... the review is ok.

JohnnyBooboo
August 1st 2014


2 Comments


Wow I was gonna pos this but then I see bite me in the recommended section. Neg

DelPaxtonsTheMan
August 1st 2014


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Alright man I wimped out. It's gone

DrJohn
August 1st 2014


489 Comments


Why... this is most irregular.


BoobyInMyMonkey
August 1st 2014


1 Comments


Wow great review. I was gonna neg if it said bite me in the recommended but I see that it doesn't know. Good job

DrJohn
August 1st 2014


489 Comments


Why...this is most irregular.

DelPaxtonsTheMan
August 1st 2014


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha gotta admit, out of all the reactions I expected from this review, people taking "bite me" with seriousness was not my first guess. It's like I used a racial epithet or something lol

DrJohn
August 1st 2014


489 Comments


Well, you shouldn't back down from you original concept... put it back or i'll neg :P

DelPaxtonsTheMan
August 1st 2014


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol please don't, I've already been enough of a pos whore about this thing. Ugh

DrJohn
August 1st 2014


489 Comments


Nah... kidding, I am not really a fan of the genre but I am at track 5 now and I actually find some interesting stuff now and then with these blokes...

Million Ghosts
August 1st 2014


104 Comments


Track 3 is a fucking jam of jams

DrJohn
August 1st 2014


489 Comments


The Doctor is ready to announce his diagnosis: Tracks 2, 5 & 9 are the jams. Cheers!

Pajolero
August 21st 2014


220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The album destroys. Have a pos bro.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2014


7430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool review. The album slays.

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