Issues
Diamond Dreams


4.5
superb

Review

by Drubbi USER (56 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2014 | 26 replies


Release Date: 11/18/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Issues have found stability, and it is oh so sweet.

Despite Issues obvious flaws, they still are at the forefront of 'the scene'. They've got everything going for them: Tyler Carter. a singer as charismatic as Jonny Craig, a screamer who can do his job just a little above average, and riffing that sounds catchy and dificult. They even infuse their genre with other genres! They're not like the others!

Well...

They kind of are. Through all of the production and 'interesting' djent riffs, you see a band who pretty much followed the script line for line on how to create a successful album. Their self-titled LP had hit or miss tracks, and their 'Black Diamonds' EP suffered from being too boring and having no replay value. So what's the next logical step" To release an acoustic EP. But as obvious a move at making more money as it is, it somehow recreates some of the songs that plagued their two releases and make them, well, good.

Opener and single for the album 'Hooligans' introduces the listener to the redefined Issues experience: laid-back, chill and, well, fun. The subtle keys and back-track add to the power of Carter's vocals. Lacking the over-production found at times on their self-titled, he is given free reign throughout, allowing the album to have a sense of freedom. Despite the lyrics not really transitioning well into acoustic form, the outcome far outweighs this. Follow-up track 'Disappear' is infused with emotion and power, and comes across as a truly great song, filled to the brim with the charisma emitting from Tyler's performance, once again brought along with the delicate string and beat arrangements.

Even Issues less-than-great songs, such as 'King Of Amarillo' and 'Princeton Ave' are infused with new life, allowing them to be the more memorable tracks. Once again, despite the lyrical content of the former, the performance far outweighs this problem, with both songs being brought along with piano and acoustic guitars. Interval track 'Diamond Dreams', although unneeded, provides a nice little reprieve from the rest of the album, and includes a sample of 'Her Monologue' which Tyler provides a soaring rendition of.

The final songs, 'Tears', 'Never Lose Your Flames' and 'The Worst Of Them' provide a satisfying tail-end to the album. 'Tears', led only by a piano and Carter along with 'Nyro' coming along to repeat her performance, and the song is the better for it. Both vocalists are given free reign, and bounce off of each other effortlessly. 'Never Lose Your Flames', a guitar-led track, once again having two vocalists (Carter and the whole of Neck Deep) allows for a catchy and memorable performance, especially from Neck Deep vocalist Ben Barlow, nearly outdoing Carter himself. Final track 'The Worst Of Them', although one of the better tracks from their debut EP, finds itself redone with strings and drums, and is the better for it. Carter puts a massive amount of emotion in, allowing for it to be one of the best tracks from the EP.

Issues, despite all of the signs of being a band in crisis, have come out and created an EP that surprises throughout. Taking more than a few keys from Hands Like Houses' 'Reimagine' EP a couple of months back, they find themselves breathing new life into the less than impressive song list. Issues have found stability, and it is oh so sweet.

The Best Four
1. Never Lose Your Flames
2. Tears
3. Disappear
4. King Of Amarillo



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Drubbi
November 22nd 2014


202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Did a quick write-up because I hate the other review with a fiery passion.

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Drubbi
November 22nd 2014


202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also, Issues have the worst album covers ever.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2014


55378 Comments


fuk

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beachdude
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2014


842 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Much better review for this.

botb
November 22nd 2014


11047 Comments


i hate this awful band

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2014


10194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2 | Sound Off

"Tyler Carter. a singer"



I think you should use a comma instead of a period, and also put the screamer's name in after that. You abandoned the pattern after you mentioned Tyler Carter and mentioning the other guy would flow much better.



Actually the whole first paragraph or two is a little hit and miss. Also not sure it's really necessary to recap the best tracks at the end either. At least I never much liked that. Reading the review already tells people what the good songs are.



Overall a pretty solid review, definitely better than the other.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2014


10194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2 | Sound Off

Also I really hate when people write off acoustic eps as cash grabs. It doesn't seem any different than another ep or something. With that logic it even kind of seems like releasing an album is a cash grab.



I guess artists can only release an album every two years and people will be happy.

SnakeDelilah
November 22nd 2014


19999 Comments


this is the same nigga who 2.5'd jane doe damn

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Ryus
November 22nd 2014


15697 Comments


So, how much do you love this album as a whole?

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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2014


10194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2 | Sound Off

"this is the same nigga who 2.5'd jane doe damn"



eeeg might neg actually just for that

Apollo
November 22nd 2014


10670 Comments


Terrible band, review is very weird

BlacKapes
November 22nd 2014


1925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"once again having two vocalists (Carter and the whole of Neck Deep) allows for a catchy and memorable performance, especially from Neck Deep vocalist Ben Barlow, nearly outdoing Carter himself."



lol are you kidding. how the hell is this a 4.5, plus my review was so much better

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2014


10194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2 | Sound Off

his rating is off but he has the better review

BlacKapes
November 22nd 2014


1925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

neh i dont think so. pretty boring review, reads like an advertisement imo

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2014


24413 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

1 of 21 thought this review was well written

BlacKapes
November 22nd 2014


1925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

you'll get it one day

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2014


10194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2 | Sound Off

He's a contrib so not really

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2014


24413 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

im pretty sure ive had worse but still

Drubbi
November 22nd 2014


202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Perhaps I should have my first comment on my review's as "Inb4 you're that kid who did a shit review of Jane Doe!". Did that for my NFG review and no one bat an eye.



SnakeDelilah
November 22nd 2014


19999 Comments


prob because NFG is actually a good band and this band isn't



also ben barlow sucks



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