Sorority Noise
You're Not As ____ As You Think


2.3
average

Review

by Robert Lowe STAFF
March 22nd, 2017 | 67 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Something borrowed

Cameron Boucher has lost a lot of friends, and it seems to be the only thing on his mind. His tremendous loss isn’t hiding in the subtext of You’re Not As ___ As You Think - it’s constantly right up in your face: “When your best friend dies / and your next friend dies / and your best friend’s friend takes his life.” Cameron’s religious beliefs offer him a perspective on death and loss: “And they’re playing the ‘59 Sound in heaven / While the angels were drinking up whiskeys and coke.” Cameron also spends a fair share of his time feeling like he’s just going through the motions of grief: “This is the part where I am proper / This is the part where I’m just another face / This is the part where I’m a marathon runner and both my ankles are sprained.” If this is all beginning to sound a little too familiar, that’s because it is. Dealing with the death of a friend, paralyzing grief, suicidal thoughts, and a dialogue with God are all topics that have been exhausted in recent years by emo and indie peers such as The Hotelier, Julien Baker, and Modern Baseball, and much of the lyrics on You’re Not As ___ As You Think are nods to other bands. Sorority Noise can still manage to create a sound all their own despite similarities, but constantly making references to not only these artists, but Brand New, Into It. Over It. and The Gaslight Anthem effectively draws attention to the derivative, unoriginal nature of the record. Cameron Boucher has lost a lot of friends, but it hasn’t stopped him from aping all his favorite bands.

You’re Not As ___ As You Think is an exercise in simplicity - all the songs are more or less about the same thing, the chord progressions are basic, and Cameron’s vocals live comfortably in a one octave range. Such simplicity if executed correctly can be charming, but the clumsy and unoriginal songwriting comes off as pedestrian more than anything. Cameron Boucher’s struggles are heavy, and potentially powerful, they are a stark contrast to the breakup jams on previous Sorority Noise albums, but Cameron already covered many of the same topics with his other band Old Gray’s equally disappointing 2016 release Slow Burn. Repeating the same sentiments ad nauseum doesn’t result in a bold, candid statement release, it makes for a stale, repetitive, and lifeless record. Sorority Noise dig their own grave with all of the references, as all it does is force the listener to compare this album with better albums. Other artists are able to pull off the “no-frills/basic/off-the-cuff” sort of deal because they have the songwriting skills, and a penchant for presentation. Cameron Boucher doesn’t have the guitar chops or a voice like Julien Baker, he can’t write poetic lyrics the way The Hotelier can, he can’t pull off a Gaslight Anthem brand anthem, and his songwriting just isn’t there the way it is on a Brand New record. Sorority Noise is trying to stand on the shoulders of the bands they reference, but their execution is so clumsy they aren’t even in reach of said bands. You’re Not As ___ As You Think feels like the conclusion to something that was never started in the first place, it hasn’t earned any of the things it takes without asking, it’s a shallow pretender desperately fumbling in the deep end, and it’s an unfortunate development for a band that used to write dumb, fun songs about girls.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2017


54849 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3

Y'all smoking crack with that average

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SnakeDelilah
March 22nd 2017


18661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this band sucks dick yeah

Digging: Sorority Noise - You're Not As ____ As You Think

Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2017


22290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

reported

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ianblxdsoe
March 22nd 2017


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

personally thought this was a way more developed version of the thoughts and whatnot from Slow Burn, but that's prob just me. imo this might be Cam's best project, though Joy, Departed isn't that far behind. great review nonetheless

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2017


54849 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3

I realized the only thing I really like that Cameron has done is the first Sorority Noise record

SnakeDelilah
March 22nd 2017


18661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the only bad thing that cameron has really done are the early old gray eps

Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2017


22290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

edit: fixed



yeah idk man to each their own, but I barely even notice the references when I'm listening to this - I get more caught up in the simultaneously depressing/supportive lyrics and those huge guitar parts. I'll have to check Julian Baker but at this point I like this just as much if not more than the bands/albums in question

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2017


54849 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3

"2nd para typo: Cameron’s vocals live "comfortably""



thanks for the heads-up



Julien Baker is the best thing in music right now

Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2017


22290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

anytime my man



I'll check Julian Baker pretty soon

Feather
March 22nd 2017


3525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm honestly starting to feel these sentiments about the album more and more. I still love the 3 singles, but almost none of the rest does anything for me. Plus I just can't relate to an entire album of grieving over lost friends.

Green Baron
March 22nd 2017


23072 Comments


where's the Brand New reference I can't find it


Green Baron
March 22nd 2017


23072 Comments


so far the only ones I found are the 59 sound and the marathon runner references

FreddieDelaney31
March 22nd 2017


2687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stole my feature just to trash the album I see you

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Feather
March 22nd 2017


3525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ I noticed that, pretty messed up Treb!

FreddieDelaney31
March 22nd 2017


2687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I kid I kid

But yeah I'm really surprised how much people are going on about how this imitates so much, I just see it as regular ol inspiration with some lyrical references

Lucid
March 22nd 2017


7619 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

glad to see your steady drop in rating resulted in trashing the record

Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2017


22290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Lucid you're to blame for this review tbh ;)

Lucid
March 22nd 2017


7619 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

everything you wrote here is on-point, glad you kept it concise too. this band isn't worth extending the word count on



@Atari: hehe I know 8)

wwf
March 22nd 2017


4673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuckin nerds this is probably AOTY and I'm on song 2



How does that make you all feel

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2017


54849 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3

"this band isn't worth extending the word count on"



lol yeah, that's definitely how I approached this review



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