Superheaven
Ours Is Chrome


2.5
average

Review

by SaturdayNightWrist1 USER (4 Reviews)
May 5th, 2015 | 20 replies


Release Date: 05/04/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A long, droning album that finds its feet quickly, and then loses it.

Superheaven's Ours Is Chrome opens up with I've Been Bored, an incredible track with choruses complimented by loud, droning guitars, and monotone verses backed with simple, slow riffs. After listening to the first track, I found myself truly believing that Ours Is Chrome would be continuing exactly where 2013's "Jar" left off. The grungy vibe paired with emotional lyrics and soothingly calm vocals seemed to be a perfect fit, while the variety between the songs kept you entertained. With Ours Is Chrome, I can not say the same. The lyrics are still there, introspective and dark, and so are the tranquilly melodic vocals. The droning, low guitars fill every track and so does the slow drum work that compliments the air of the song very well. However, it's the lack of variety that is its biggest downfall. I could almost be led to believe that this album was all one long, drawn out song. After listening to the album through twice, I couldn't find a single thing that made a song unique from the others, as they all pretty much sounded exactly the same, and there weren't any elements or any sort of experimentation thrown in at all to keep you interested.

It would be a bit extreme to say that they're beating a dead horse, but they certainly aren't pushing themselves in any direction, rather, they are continuing the sound that they've held since the beginning. Except, all the things that made "Jar" a truly amazing album, disappeared on this effort. It still has the same qualities and a similar overall aesthetic, however what made "Jar" unique was the experimentation on each track and the use of different guitar tones and sounds, and having a clear change in tempo rather than having the same mid paced track over and over again. What Jar had to keep the album from sounding terribly monotonous and boring, Ours Is Chrome lacks. It was the variety that filled it with air, but with Ours Is Chrome, they took the oxygen from their lungs and tried to keep breathing.

I've Been Bored was the shining star on this album, but from then on, I truly can't say that another track caught my attention or brought something new to the table. While I can't say that there was a "bad" song on this album, every track was very average and lacked any bit of distinct qualities to keep me interested. If you liked Jar, you may be a bit disappointed with this album, however I can still see that there will be quite a few people that can truly enjoy it, despite its flaws.


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aaronrkc
May 5th 2015


338 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Not a bad review. Break up the first paragraph. Album definitely did sound like just one song.

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DoctorDoom
May 5th 2015


2987 Comments


Their first record was on rotation for a loooong time upon its release. Hoping for more of the same with this one.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2015


23942 Comments


(edits fixed)

looking better, nice first review

Atari
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2015


23942 Comments


"Album definitely did sound like just one song."

that's honestly how i felt about the new turnover though, it's nice enough..but a lot of the songs sound the same




mitch91
May 6th 2015


420 Comments


I felt the exact same way about Jar after only a few listens; give this a few more and I think your opinion might change (although I haven't listened to this so might well be wrong).

cheapcrayon
May 6th 2015


59 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm glad you wrote this because I definitely agree. I haven't rated this yet because I'm still listening to it. But I've listened through a couple times and this album is seriously SO boring. Every song sounds the same after the first 2. Very disappointing because I thought Jar was great.

Hurricanslash
May 7th 2015


1830 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I...this...no. Aside from the point that I actually almost had to puke after listening to Nest to Nothing, I think this is just horrible. I feel a strong repulsion while listening to this.

vivalove
May 7th 2015


44 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm really excited for the 10 year anniversary show of Superheaven performing "Jar" in it's entirety.

DoctorDoom
May 7th 2015


2987 Comments


Not too impressed after my first few listens. Then again, I don't know if it's the record itself, or if my expectations were just outrageous because of Jar.

StarvingSound
May 8th 2015


1 Comments


I guess if even if they all sound the sound it doesn't really matter to me. I hardly listen to albums through and through. I put them on my MP3 player and then hit shuffle all songs. As long as they are good individually I don't mind.

asaf
May 10th 2015


944 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

jar was great and this one captures everything that was great about that album. All The Pain is drool worthy.

loveisamixtape
May 10th 2015


7687 Comments


summary nailed it! i really dig Next to Nothing and that's pretty much it. the production is tight though

Damus
May 11th 2015


594 Comments


I have a feeling this band is immensely overrated

Manning119
May 12th 2015


9 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The hell are you guys talking about? How can you like Jar but not like this? The rock melodies are improved and Taylor's vocals are better than they are in Jar. I may choose Jar over this because it's my favorite album from 2013 but every song on this album is gold in my opinion.

JohnFire
May 29th 2015


605 Comments


From The Chest Down deserves a special mention. Awesome song. Overall, yes, Jar is way better, but this is good too, get off that hatorade dudebrahs.

Snake.
June 28th 2015


21149 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

really surprised that hep doesn't hate this

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JohnFire
July 7th 2015


605 Comments


I think having "Poor Aileen" as the closing track hurts this album a great deal, too. It's never good to end with the weakest song.

loveisamixtape
November 7th 2015


7687 Comments


leach is cool

suppatime
November 7th 2015


1308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this gets better the more i listen to it... may be good enough to bump up to a 3.5

icatchthirtythree
January 21st 2016


879 Comments


This is samey, but really good



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