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|2.7 average||Atari STAFF | April 20th 16|
disappointing EP by Sorority Noise. Their last album worked because it found a nice balance between their more angst-driven tunes and a softer approach, but this release basically ditches all of the energy they ever had on past releases. Nothing wrong with slow burners, but if you're gonna go that route at least put some passion into it. The vocalist basically just whispers and talks the whole time, sheesh. Hopefully they bring back some of the whacky, fun nature that made their work enjoyable in the first place
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|3.5 great||TheManMachine | June 12th 16|
Resolutely depressive pop-punkers deliver a diminutive followup to last year's bipolar vice-and-anxiety-fueled magnum-opus; gutting the punk, the pop, most of the band, and any temperament that's not mournful. The resultant stripped-down hush-fest reads as a wearied breather aftermath from the high-strung oscillations of Joy, Departed; and under the scant guise of principally acoustic plucks+lonesome piano, the palpability of frontman Cameron Boucher's downtrodden despondence is endearing-going-on-excruciating. Begins on what seems like a hopeful fresh-start note, which lasts all of two minutes: then friends die, "A Will" is as funereal as it implies, Boucher drunkenly tramps through the woods and can't bare/bother to keep a tune; poor guy even fucks up his hoodie and rips through his hypothetically black jeans in the process.
|4.0 excellent||Alabaster Jones | April 25th 16|
Losing someone you love is never easy, no matter how much time passes. For the members of Sorority Noise, the loss of more friends than they can count on one hand, all within the time after last year's sophomore LP was released, results in a grief-stricken, highly saddening EP that is also a stylistic change for the band. Rather than the emo-tinged pop-punk of records past, If Kindly Stopped For Me is a delicate acoustic guitar driven record. Vocalist Cameron Boucher is absolutely heartbreaking, with the melodies and songwriting all being heartfelt and uneasy. There was a line from a review of this EP that said "if Boucher wasn't drunk while recording this, he's an excellent actor", and I couldn't have said it better myself. Though the loss of energy from Joy, Departed to It Kindly Stopped For Me is apparent, it's also completely reasonable and entirely reflective of the turmoil the members have been through during the last months.
|2.5 average||Mitch Worden | April 20th 16|
Unfortunately, this feels like a regression. The songs just kinda blend into each other and don't offer much. There is some emotion here, but overall the EP falls flat with low energy and basic structure.
|3.5 great||Adamrk | December 16th 16|
|3.0 good||Aaron | July 5th 16|
|4.5 superb||fdrc | April 24th 16|
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