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Atari
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2019


24616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

I can’t get over how great the horns are during the last minute of Bury Me Anywhere Else. That track followed by Rosa & Reseda is my jam



Runnin’ Toward the Light is fantastic too. This project could rival The Wonder Years, sheesh

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TheWonderSoFar
May 12th 2019


4000 Comments


I only had time to check the first few songs the other day but damn the instrumentation was on point

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Scoot
May 12th 2019


19269 Comments


will check but soupy honestly annoys me after a while

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ButtBoy
May 12th 2019


2928 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nobody is talking about Winter Coats and that’s a shame! The melody in the chorus is one of his best

Scoot
May 12th 2019


19269 Comments


bloodied up in a bar fight is incredible

easy album standout

dmathias52
May 12th 2019


344 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I had to slap a 5 on this. The first listen through on its own was amazing, but when I was able to sit down and listen with the lyrics, it impacted me as much as any album has. I’ve become so attached to this character that the level of hope found throughout was just amazing, since it was so unexpected. Him becoming a father figure to his nephew was a punch in the gut that I wasn’t expecting and broke me a little bit. Love love love everything about this.

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Feather
May 12th 2019


5147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Those final 3 songs are just emotionally crushing and such a nice twist. Following Aaron on his journey of rebuilding his life to being the support for someone else in their time of need is just beautiful.

letsgofishing
May 12th 2019


1396 Comments


First listen wasn't all that kind to this record for me. The song's didn't seem all that distinct from one another and the whole concept of the project seemed more hackneyed and less poignant. Bloodied in a Bar Fight came off as self parody.

I need to sit down and spend time with the lyrics and give this record a few more run-throughs before making any judgement, but right away, it seems to mirror the classic second-record tale of better production and weaker songwriting.

Edit: I mean, don't hate me yet, everyone. Every chance I'll come back three days from now and love this.

SowingSeason
Moderator
May 12th 2019


30695 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Thanks Chan I kind of got that impression between listening to this and Sister Cities, that lyrically there were important things going on where I was perhaps only getting part of the message. This is a band I've been meaning to go about listening to the right way, so I'll try to give their discography a listen over the course of 2019.

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Slex
May 12th 2019


6638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bloodied In a Bar Fight is just awful

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letsgofishing
May 12th 2019


1396 Comments


"I can't bother Mom
I can't bother Catherine
I can't breathe through my nose
I think that it might be broooookeeeen."

I'm sorry everyone who thinks this song is great, but it comes off sorta like if SNL decided to do a skit on Soupy.

dmathias52
May 12th 2019


344 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I mean that’s kind of the point of the song though. It’s him at the shittiest, lowest point of his life. No frills, no metaphor, just a smack in the face showing him he needs to turn his life around. The whole project had basically built up to that song and I thought the payoff was worth it.

I want Soupy to write a stage show so bad.

letsgofishing
May 12th 2019


1396 Comments


I thought the payoff was painfully clumsy and so on the nose it's no wonder its broken.

But, again, only one listen. I should probably stop bitching until I revisit.

dmathias52
May 12th 2019


344 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I think that’s totally fair, I can see how it would be abrasive. I like the straightforwardness, it makes the character seem so much more real to me. But I can totally see how it would seem ridiculous.

stasar
May 13th 2019


60 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It would seem like wack lyrics if divorced from the rest of the album. The story makes it seem pretty real.

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Slex
May 13th 2019


6638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lyrics are whatever, it's the absolutely tuneless emotionless way he recounts them

alamo
May 13th 2019


1306 Comments


how specific are the lyrics on this

SowingSeason
Moderator
May 13th 2019


30695 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Couldn't help myself and listened to this anyway without the proper context. It's pretty great. 'Just Sign the Papers' and 'God & the Billboards' were easy standouts to me.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2019


770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bar Fight is the song that kept me from giving this a perfect score. I like the song but it is a little overwrought (even if that's the point)

letsgofishing
May 13th 2019


1396 Comments


"Couldn't help myself and listened to this anyway without the proper context. It's pretty great. 'Just Sign the Papers' and 'God & the Billboards' were easy standouts to me."

Did you get that our young white hero is out-of-his-luck, sad, drinks too much and his ex doesn't love him anymore?

If you did, the first album is definitely better, but this isn't the Dear Hunter. You got the gist.



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