Hot Water Music
No Division


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mookid USER (26 Reviews)
January 26th, 2013 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With guitar melodies acting as ear-candy, and meaningful lyrics represented in a truly memorable way, No Division is a fantastic attempt by the rockers.

Wrapping into nearly two decades since their formation, punk powerhouses Hot Water Music have stood tall with their consistency. While some and sadly many bands have practically dug their own grave, Hot Water Music has brilliantly excelled at releasing positive, uplifting and exciting music. Their earliest albums were mainly comprised of Emocore and Post-Hardcore, while their mid to later albums have been full-fledge Punk rock. They’ve defined their sound over the years, and No Division is a clean-cut representation of this altogether. Although the tail-end of the 90’s have come and gone, Hot Water Music is a band that has never fallen off the grid, in musical terms.

To explain, though, No Division is not completely different from their later albums, or even some of their early albums, but it’s definitely a fantastic album with a very positive mentality. The sweet-as-candy melodic guitar riffs and cheerful, easily sung-along choruses attribute to the fact this album is certainly not dismal or depressing. Loaded with bittersweet energy and an incredibly appealing vibe to almost anyone, this is an unexplainable fun album.

No Division starts off on a good note with ‘Free Radio Gainsville’ a poppy and energetic jam that is possibly the most musically bouncy on the album. Things start to look captivating when you are met with At the End of a Gun, arguably their best song with a truly beautiful, jubilating guitar outro that ignites seemingly out of nowhere; the first moment you hear it though it’ll be rammed in your head for days, and trust me, you won’t want it to leave. The song demonstrates a clear-cut sense of melody and is the best this album has to offer, for sure. The self-titled track No Division is a fast-paced rocker that has an outstandingly catchy riff and the most playable on the album (probably due to its short length).

Jet Set Ready is a mildly depressing yet mostly uplifting tune with a very hard-hitting, emotional chorus and deeply meaningful lyrics:

“we've been cutting strong blind to life and the consequences of taking life we're not jet set ready we're sinking with the ship that we built too quickly”

” ...and so long to the ways that we knew fit with the world that we lived in gracious world a forgiving world and show our thanks with industry open eyes can see while open mouths could speak to change or rearrange what should not be taken”

The song is a new high for the band and demonstrates not only stellar musicianship, but also heartfelt lyrics that don’t truly get deep beneath your skin as much as this one does. The lyrics are truly admirable and inspiring, and the drums are bombastic as ever.

In simulation, No Division more than likely won’t disappoint a fan of the band. The lovable instrumentation, despite being slightly odd one some songs, is clear-as-glass and generally very good. The band shows numerous opportunities where they shine both lyrically and musically. No Division almost never fails to slip on the cracks and go bonkers, it’s steadily on target and has an excellent delivery. This is a very memorable album and a more-so “comfort” album (when you have obstacles in your life). The band’s sense of melody is by far the biggest standpoint on this album, and should be considered to be listened to, at least once.

Song recs:

"Free Radio Gainesville"
"At the End of a Gun"
"Jet Set Ready"
"Driving Home"



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Mookid
January 26th 2013


1485 Comments


Eh, I might consider bumping this to a 4.5 one of these days. I think I need to listen to it more though.

Honestly though this is a really fun and amazing album, everyone should give it a try if you haven't already

Jet Set Ready: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ICq1Qr0beg
Free Radio Gainesville: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97S7hTBJBpw
No Division: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm2iLiJsaR8
At the End of a Gun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KroMUaBmNyQ
Driving Home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_bc7IT4u7s

mitch91
January 26th 2013


420 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its funny that you mention the guitar melodies- the 'weak'-sounding production, especially on the guitars, is one of the things that stops me falling for early HWM.

Mookid
January 26th 2013


1485 Comments


I never found their sound production to be 'weak', if that's what you're asking. My ear for music is a bit different from a lot of people so like yeaahh

mitch91
January 27th 2013


420 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What I mean is the production on their Epitaph stuff onwards is so much better than on this that I can't enjoy it as much- in comparison the guitars on here sound like they were recorded in a cupboard.

Mookid
January 27th 2013


1485 Comments


Hm, well honestly I really liked the sound of the guitars on this one. Guess i'm in the minority....

CosmicPie
May 21st 2013


1273 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like it too, but I dig all their stuff. Some of the best Punk-Rock I've heard.

ShadowRemains
July 10th 2013


24829 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

everything from FaC and FFtHG to Caution is awesome



free radio gainesville is such a dope song

dimsim3478
July 25th 2015


7697 Comments


but for now i'm finding myself up here on the rooftop SCREAMIIIIIIIIIIN!

deathschool
July 25th 2015


21927 Comments


Probably their best. Their first 3 are all super sweet though.

Ocean of Noise
July 25th 2015


9774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I saw these guys with The Gaslight Anthem and Rise Against about 3 years back, it ruled.

Digging: Burzum - Filosofem

deathschool
July 25th 2015


21927 Comments


These guys are so much better than both of those bands.

Ocean of Noise
July 25th 2015


9774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea they really are, I was a Rise Against fanboy for a while though ahaha

deathschool
July 25th 2015


21927 Comments


Rise Against are dece (specifically their earlier stuff). They just don't touch these guys imo

I can't get into Gaslight.

Cygnatti
July 25th 2015


32008 Comments


was never a fan of these guys
some of my old alts have 5'd rise against discogs tho
gaslight has always sucked dick. basically soft rock/heartland rock but "punk" which is worse than it sounds

Ocean of Noise
July 25th 2015


9774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gaslight has 1 good album

deathschool
July 25th 2015


21927 Comments


Agreed hard with that description, Cyg. So hard.

Ocean of Noise
July 25th 2015


9774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

59 Sound had some good catchy stuff, idk

deathschool
July 25th 2015


21927 Comments


A lot of people agree with you. It just isn't my thing.

ShadowRemains
July 25th 2015


24829 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first two gaslight albums and the senor EP are money in the bank, 3rd is ok, rest is becoming trite fast



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