nouns
Still


4.5
superb

Review

by pmmets07 USER (36 Reviews)
January 31st, 2015 | 56 replies


Release Date: 02/19/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Still" is a beautiful trainwreck of an album.

The truth is, I’m still trying to wrap my head around “Still.” The emo that I’m used to hearing from Topshelf Records and other bands cut from the same cloth simply did not prepare me for what this little band from Arkansas had in store. This album embodies every aspect of the word “emo,” and has redefined my expectations in a genre where bands all too often stay within the confines of what is safe and comfortable. “Still” isn’t familiar, it isn’t concise, and it sure as hell isn’t easily digestible; it’s messy, jagged, and all over the ***ing place. Nouns are a band with an unfortunately uninspired name, but every song on their LP is dripping with raw and uncontrived inspiration.

“Still” begins on a note as unsettling as any, with a spacey, ambient track leading into a harrowing yet powerful spoken word introduction of sorts that sets the stage for the rest of the album. The first proper track, “I Feel As Though I Failed,” wastes no time before pounding the listener with a barrage of drums and shouted vocals about flunking out of college. The track then segues into a frenetic synth break that brings to mind early BTMI! or Math the Band. Only two tracks into the album, it becomes glaringly obvious that Nouns are a hell of a lot more interesting than their name suggests, and that they are an emo band with a true personality.

Throughout the course of the album, Nouns demonstrate just how diverse they can be from one track to the next. “Closer” is a slowed down and somewhat morose cut of lo-fi bedroom pop in the style of Elvis Depressedly or Alex G that deals with macabre lyrical themes; “Wreck” begins with a plodding exposition that morphs into a bouncy, spastic pop punk song complete with undeniably catchy guitar lines; “Ghost Legs” features screamed vocals over a slow punk drum beat that quickly switch to a more rapid, wacky delivery that wouldn’t be out of place in a Modest Mouse song. Moments like these are littered throughout “Still,” and Nouns continuously prove that there is no shortage of ways for them to differentiate themselves amongst today’s crowded emo scene.

I could talk all day about particular tracks from “Still,” but I would be especially remiss not to mention the 8-minute long track, “I Still Want to Make You Proud.” With some of the heaviest lyrical themes on the album, this song hits hard in a variety of ways, with its Brand New-like verses and dense screaming sections that bring the track to a close. Finally, the album ends on a note as high as any with “But I Can’t Stay Here,” which features haunting baritone vocals and some of the most heartfelt lyrics to be found on the album, such as, “Mother I tried my hardest, it was difficult not to die.”

As a whole, “Still” might not be for everyone. The production quality is less than stellar on most tracks, and the album’s 42-minute runtime may alienate listeners with short attention spans. But if you are willing to overlook these few minor gripes then you’ll be rewarded with an album that is truly unique and worth every minute of your time.



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pmmets07
January 30th 2015


5984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i'm coming out of retirement

SnakeDelilah
January 30th 2015


20007 Comments


5NightsatFreddys

Digging: Glassjaw - Material Control

YakNips
January 30th 2015


18944 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

well u did namedrop elvis depressedly and alex g so props for that

Cygnatti
January 30th 2015


32225 Comments


heard quite a bit of good things about these guys weird

Digging: Mortiferum - Altar of Decay

cryptside
January 31st 2015


2397 Comments


Nice review, pos'd. Haven't heard this yet.

Rhyme
January 31st 2015


1405 Comments


snowing and elvis depressedly in the recommended by reviewer?

sounds like my kinda stuff

YakNips
January 31st 2015


18944 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

its pretty meh so far i prob wont finish it

YakNips
January 31st 2015


18944 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

better than i expected



ski mask is cool

Joejk3
February 4th 2015


129 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

aoty 2014 by far so glad somebody finally reviewed this



also listen to 'still bummed', album's not as good as this but first 4 songs are bangers

last 30 seconds of their recent split also sounds like death grips, these guys make really varied shit

pmmets07
February 4th 2015


5984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah i def gotta check still bummed

Joejk3
February 4th 2015


129 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

dogs is best nouns song imo

ShinTensei
February 20th 2015


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy crap this is one hell of an album!!!! Cant wait for more stuff from this band.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2015


6447 Comments


rip, pmmets
nice touch on the feature too

Curse.
February 23rd 2015


8053 Comments


RIP buddy

danielito19
February 23rd 2015


11930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

RIP pmmets. good on the mods for featuring.

YakNips
February 23rd 2015


18944 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

very, very sad to hear

RIP

Rhyme
February 23rd 2015


1405 Comments


damn that really sucks rip pmmets

real glad that this review is featured

humblerodent
February 23rd 2015


249 Comments


pos'd
convinced me to check them out

FromDaHood
February 23rd 2015


9107 Comments


Great kid, RIP

Green Baron
February 23rd 2015


24134 Comments


RIP man, we weren't the closest of buds but we talked a few times and I always enjoyed chatting with you. It's sad to hear, you were a real nice guy and I hope you're in a better place now.



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