Citizen
Everybody Is Going to Heaven


2.5
average

Review

by BoiledHippos USER (7 Reviews)
June 28th, 2015 | 66 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "I'm peeling off a film of a former me and you can tell."

Like Superheaven, Title Fight, and Turnover before them, the Ohio and Michigan-based Citizen are the latest Will Yip-produced band to distance themselves from their hardcore/pop punk roots in favor of a sound that sits vaguely among the midwest emo, grunge, and shoegaze labels. The group’s sophomore album, Everybody Is Going to Heaven, marks their full transition from hardcore-revivalists to grunge-revivalists, and sees the band now mining the ‘90s for inspiration instead of the early 2000s. From the grinding, bass-heavy churn of “Cement” to the wistful, tremolo-backed melodies that glide across “Ring of Chain,” this album manages to cover a hefty portion of the alternative rock spectrum in its fairly standard running time of 40 minutes. However, for all its crunchy basslines, distortion-laden atmosphere, and deliberately rugged production, the only thing that actually ends up standing out about Everybody Is Going to Heaven is the glaringly obvious fact that Citizen are a less distinct band here than they have ever been. “Yellow Love” is an attempt at downcast emo yearning, “Stain” shoots for the menacing noise rock approach, the album as a whole aims to be cathartic and unsettling, and yet Citizen doesn’t include an ounce of personality in any of this material. Grunge is already a stale and worn-out style in this day and age, and a lack of uniqueness or individuality really makes it all the more run-of-the-mill and humdrum to listen to. Hopefully Citizen will be able to come into their own with this sound or perhaps set their eyes on a more inventive and intriguing niche, because the absence of any identity on Everybody Is Going to Heaven makes the album so mediocre that Citizen sounds like they’re paying tribute to other bands that already pay tribute to the ‘90s.



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Diving into late 90's nostalgia, proves beneficial for the Michigan quintet....


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Gameofmetal
Emeritus
June 28th 2015


10678 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review, very neat and concise



reminded me of anthony fantano's review just not so low a rating

Artuma
June 28th 2015


31352 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i don't hear much grunge in this tbh

Digging: Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket - Det Onda. Det Goda. Det Vackra. Det Fula.

Ninjask
June 28th 2015


493 Comments


This apes the shit outta brand new whom loves grunge so yeah, I can def hear the grunge.

ashcrash9
June 28th 2015


3092 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This record is like plain oatmeal.



Which, you know, I can sometimes dig, but why come back to it when there's so much more flavorful stuff to consume in the world?



On-point review, nice job. Pos'd.

Pajolero
June 28th 2015


1088 Comments


Short, sweet, to the point. Pos'd.

LotusFlower
June 28th 2015


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I wish Run For Cover Records would stop pushing this 90's grunge revival bullshit and just stick to some decent music

ShitsofRain
June 28th 2015


8169 Comments


hope this is the last review of this band

BoiledHippos
June 29th 2015


9 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks for the feedback everyone.

LotusFlower
June 29th 2015


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

They have a pretty solid line up, but then you have all these really awful and unoriginal bands that keep getting signed.

Snake.
June 29th 2015


21818 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

run for cover is like 75% good bands and 25% shitty filler bands for tumblr to blindly eat up

Bengweeen
June 29th 2015


148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Geez, am I the only one who is loving this album?

Snake.
June 29th 2015


21818 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

nah check tumblr

dogsarefriendly
June 29th 2015


48 Comments


well said

LotusFlower
June 29th 2015


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

This album sounds like Citizen tried to cover the weaker tracks on Brand New's Daisy and forgot how to sound good along the way.

Nikkolae
June 29th 2015


5460 Comments


that opening paragraph doe

Digging: Brutality Will Prevail - Misery Sequence

BeneaththeDarkOcean
June 29th 2015


687 Comments


what the hell happened to the first review of this album on sput, it was hilarious and awful in equal measure, did the mods not like something about it or what

LotusFlower
June 29th 2015


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

He edited it because everyone gave him shit for making an unfunny review, and since he edited it asking the mods to delete it they deleted it.

DeadGuy
June 29th 2015


1017 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Boring album, it's a chore to listen to

AtlusP4G
June 30th 2015


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this so much more than Youth. Tbh outside of The Summer, Roam the Room and Sick and Impatient, Youth was a 2.

ashcrash9
June 30th 2015


3092 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It is better than Youth.

But that's not much of an accomplishment.



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