Review Summary: I heard you the first time, it just wasn't funny is catchy, wry, and exactly what it needs to be in order to differentiate itself from the pack
Up until recently, I didn't really know what it was like to try to keep up with new releases that might strike my listening fancy. Most of the time I ended up listening to those albums way after the fact, missing many bands along the way. 2014 has been the year that has marked the change for that, and I heard you the first time, it just wasn't funny is a byproduct of an incessant urge to stay up to date with new releases. Morning Effort's most recent EP is certainly charming, but the 11-minute release is more than that. It's the perfect combination of sloppily endearing instrumentals, shout-along lyrics, and self-referential humor (a song called "***ty kinsella rip-off" can attest to that). I heard you the first time, it just wasn't funny is catchy, wry, and exactly what it needs to be in order to differentiate itself from the pack. It doesn't overstay its welcome, which makes highlights such as "Midwestern Self-Depreciation" all the more sweet. The jaunty beginning to "All-nightr" shows the perfect transitioning of the low-key emo stylings into a more energetic pop punk feel. "For Tabasco Use Only" apes Your Favorite Weapon's vocals a bit more aggressively while having a fun stop-start rhythm that keeps its identity despite the vocal similarities. Much like the kid who is the first to make fun of himself stops the other children from picking on him, Morning Effort lay their quirkiness out in the open which allows the listener to enjoy all aspects of the music, including the negatives such as poor production quality and at times sophomoric lyrics. I heard you the first time, it just wasn't funny is the surprise of the year thus far, and boasts of great things for the future of the band.
Don't get me wrong, I'm sure that short reviews can be just as good as longer reviews, but when the review is so short that there are legitimate soundoffs longer than it, I start to tread lightly. Doesn't mean it can't be pulled off well, though. Look at Sobhi or Treb.