Sorority Noise
You're Not As ____ As You Think


4.0
excellent

Review

by ian bledsoe USER (29 Reviews)
March 19th, 2017 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sorority Noise find a new identity for themselves, shedding their skin, and releasing a far from Forgettable album in the process.

Death is something that remains a constant in our world. It’s a fair certainty that we’ve all thought about and somewhat come to terms with. Some would like it to come when they’re young, so they don’t have to deal with life’s decline or indefinite malaise, but this doesn’t work for Sorority Noise frontman Cam Boucher. “I’m not trying to say it’s easy, but I’m trying to say it’s fine” states Boucher on the 2nd track, “A Portrait Of”. With the death of a loved one, we seem to lose all hope of some sort of a happy ending, let alone with the death of 5. In some ways, this invoked maturity and change in the mood for Cam. You’re Not As _____ As You Think seems to be Boucher’s way of getting over the melodramatics of Forgettable and getting real about the hopefulness of Joy, Departed.

Lyrically, YNAAYT is quite a departure from the past two albums. Long gone are the outcries for past relationships and talks of sleeping in/wearing black. The lyrics mostly deal with the people either in Cam’s life, or for the lack thereof. Cam’s friend, Sean, who had apparently taken his own life recently, is a major discussion point on this record. We heard a lot about this friend on 2016’s lackluster It Kindly Stopped For Me, but Cam goes into greater detail about some of these issues and the coming to terms with suicide on songs like “First Letter from St. Sean” and “No Halo”, singing about how he doesn’t know where he is but Cam will still hold him fondly in remembrance.

When it comes to the overall instrumental mood of the record, it has a vast improvement from the band’s previous efforts. There’s no more one dimensional guitar lines with mediocre at best drum parts from Forgettable, there’s no more head-smashing, simplistic heaviness, followed by awkwardly transitioned and placed post-rock wannabe moments from Joy, Departed. If any of these aspects of the band remain, they’ve been improved drastically from previous attempts. These awkward post-rock attempts have been replaced with beautiful yet bleak moments like the climaxes on overall powerhouse track “A Portrait Of” and the religion laden “Second Letter From St. Julien” which takes inspiration from Cam’s friendship with indie folk artist Julien Baker, who lyrically appears all over this thing. Of course, the simplistic heaviness is still represented in some aspects, as it really wouldn’t be a Sorority Noise record without it. The climax of “Disappeared” is one of the best moments of the band’s history, and will have you screaming out loud the lines I let my hair down today, and I took a shower for the first time in what had felt like weeks / I felt my hair falling out and I felt myself falling down / But that can’t seem to be the reason i can’t sleep when i’m alone / It’s getting better and it’s hardly getting worse / It’s hard to think about the things that make it all hurt like something off a Joyce Manor record or something. The guitars never feel twinkly, but never too overaggressive, while the drums maintain the right amount of punch, with actually audible bass providing good a rhythmic backdrop for the album to beat you over the head emotionally with.

Overall, YNAAYT is a huge improvement in every aspect from their previous efforts, with improved production and mixing being a major one, with nothing left feeling overbearing nor washed out. Lyrically, the album takes a more realist approach to songwriting compared to the over pessimistic and melodramatic Forgettable and the over hopefulness of Joy, Departed. The topic of death and coping with it, along the undertones of religious questioning never seems to fail to connote a sense of contemplation within the listener, leaving them with something to think about after the album is over, which a lot of albums in the scene have seemingly failed to do so recently.

Standout Tracks
A Portrait Of
First Letter From St. Sean
No Halo
Disappeared
Where Are You?



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ianblxdsoe
March 18th 2017


1318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

since this is my first review, constructive criticism would be beyond appreciated, especially since (probably evidently) i don't have too much of a clue of what i'm doing lol hope yall enjoy, the album is stellar.

Digging: Counterparts - You're Not You Anymore

dreamgazing
March 18th 2017


1293 Comments


the "The guitars never feel twinkly, but never too overaggressive, while the drums maintain the right amount of punch, with actually audible bass providing good a rhythmic backdrop for the album to beat you over the head emotionally with." bit, that feels a little awkward and vague. the review starts off conceptual, and the gradually starts reading like a track by track, it doesn't feel too cohesive.

otherwise, effective writing and it's short and sweet. pos


dreamgazing
March 18th 2017


1293 Comments


i really liked the "A Better Sun" track released as a single. does anything else on here sound like that at all?

AsleepInTheBack
March 18th 2017


4923 Comments


damn those recommended albums are good, gots to check this then

ianblxdsoe
March 18th 2017


1318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks, i tried to describe some of the stronger moments without making it a track-by-track but it turned a lil bit out like that, that was my bad. also A Better Sun is a strong ass track, it has really grown on me a bit but some of the other tracks i feel are stronger, so that's why i didn't put it in the standouts

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2017


19113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow three reviews for the new Sorority Noise album? compared to their last release which didnt get a review until like a year later this is great to see

brettgoespunk
March 18th 2017


225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"too overaggressive" is redundant, but that's a minor thing. Good shit my dude. Way better than my first.

ianblxdsoe
March 18th 2017


1318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks brett lov u

MattTD
March 20th 2017


678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pretty cool comparing this to the latest old gray record, lot of similar themes and such

ianblxdsoe
March 20th 2017


1318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well mostly because they were written by the same band, probably within the same year or so of time. but yeah Slow Burn was fucking phenomenal imo i'm kinda upset that a lot of people didn't really feel the same :/



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