Snowing
Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit


3.5
great

Review

by SeaAnemone USER (161 Reviews)
December 19th, 2009 | 120 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "what the fuck, disco ball."

It can be difficult to take an album seriously when it sounds like the artists didn’t take it too seriously themselves. One look at the cover tells you Snowing isn’t a mature Kinsella-project knock-off. Instead, this is definitely a record where it’s absolutely necessary to listen to with an air of carefreeness. If you find yourself judging the unorchestrated, jangly guitar lines too much, it’s probably time to stop listening. If you hear nothing but chaos where there should be emotional screaming, then this isn’t for you. *** Your Emotional Bull*** is chock-full of danceable emo with passionate (if jarring) screaming and references to give you a little smirk, but the minute you try to take it as more than that, this cute little EP fails the test.

Personally, I couldn’t decide which side of the line I was going to review for Snowing, formed in Pennsylvania from previous members of Street Smart Cyclist and Boy Problems. Until, that is, I went to their Facebook page and saw their “About Me” read: “what the ***, disco ball.” and it became fairly obvious. *** Your Emotional Bull*** isn’t going to revive 90’s emo, but it will put a smile on your face for sure. With tightly compacted 2 or 3 minute jams, they manage to create 5 songs worth listening to. A few key aspects run rampant through this funfest. For starters, the jangly, unorganized guitars. They’re jilting and angular, but at times I felt like Snowing lacks the dexterity to pull them off. The guitars are a little overwhelming, also,and something is definitely a bit off-kilter about them that took me a while to put my finger on. Eventually, I realized it was the lack of a driving, defining percussion. I just wish there was more structure in the songs, I feel like the lack of direction is the EP’s most prominent downfall. On the other end of the spectrum, we have the confessional candor in John Galm’s passionate screams. This is really where Snowing shines, and it’s this force that’s going to (hopefully) carry their subsequent records. The troubles only start with the lyrical material. Some hit the nail on the head with a Simpson’s reference or tales of screaming At the Drive-In songs (“Methuselah Rookie Card”), very fitting and keep with the sound, with the theme. Then again, tales of unrequited love just don’t quite work (“Kirk Cameron Crowe”).

All in all, although Snowing falls victim to some of the tell-tale EP miscues, *** Your Emotional Bull*** capitalizes on many apparent strengths. It’s certainly not the most original listen, but Snowing’s debut EP shows a lot of promise. Take this as a fun listen, and *** Your Emotional Bull*** is a lovable little EP. Take it too seriously and it’s hard to enjoy the slipshod production and disorganization. Take my word for it, you wanna do the first of the two. And besides, it’s incredibly refreshing to hear such candor and sincerity from such a fun, carefree emo up-and-comer.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SeaAnemone
December 19th 2009


21407 Comments


This needed a proper review. Tell me if I missed anything please.

It started snowing so I wrote this. Yeah.

Electric City
Emeritus
December 19th 2009


15762 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

**** you ****ing **** ********



also you neglected to mention the vocals are the worst thing ever

SeaAnemone
December 19th 2009


21407 Comments


Oh ****, Adam ****ing Downer ****ing commented on my ****. ****.

Eh, they were bad but I enjoyed them.

Relinquished
December 19th 2009


38534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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cirq
December 19th 2009


9349 Comments


also you neglected to mention the vocals are the worst thing ever

yes. and yes.

PuddlesPuddles
December 19th 2009


4798 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

FINALLY



This isnt that good

Electric City
Emeritus
December 19th 2009


15762 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

BAA DAAA DADADA DA BOP BOP BOP

cirq
December 19th 2009


9349 Comments


Fuck Your Shitty Record

hydeyomoney
December 19th 2009


934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah this kinda sucks, but nice review nonetheless.

SeaAnemone
December 19th 2009


21407 Comments


I think it's a 3, but I gave it .5 for potential.

cirq
December 19th 2009


9349 Comments


its more along the lines of 2/2.5


good review tho

Relinquished
December 19th 2009


38534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah this sucks enough to be that rating

SeaAnemone
December 19th 2009


21407 Comments


I thought "classic" is a little extravagant for a poorly produced sloppy debut EP, idk.

iarescientists
December 19th 2009


5865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

god you guys are such faggots

SeaAnemone
December 19th 2009


21407 Comments


HEY! I LIKE IT ITS FUN! OK?!

Homewrecker
December 19th 2009


231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty much right on, EP is fun but nothing deep or special. Gets repetitive too.

PuddlesPuddles
December 19th 2009


4798 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Its seriously barely fun



Pretty much the definition of "eh"

tombits
December 19th 2009


3539 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

close but no cigar man.



still an ace review though.

londoncalling457
December 19th 2009


2711 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

hmm, this is one of my favorite EPs ever actually. the vocals really put me off for the first several listens but i got used to them. i'd still say they're the main reason this isn't a 5 though.

SeaAnemone
December 19th 2009


21407 Comments


tombits: thanks

london: favorite EPs, ever? really? sorry I don't get it... why not listen to more emo/screamo then?



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