Rustie
EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kirk Bowman CONTRIBUTOR (57 Reviews)
December 16th, 2015 | 25 replies


Release Date: 11/05/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rustie finally makes the album his fanbase wants - but do we really know what we want? Because I don't.

There's something weird that happens with music listening I've been thinking about a lot lately. I find that it's extremely difficult to quantitatively evaluate it with an objectively subjective perspective - that is, attempting to completely base your rating on your opinions is almost impossible. EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE has been one of the hardest albums for me to do this for. It's ranged from a seven to a ten for me, depending on the day and what I feel like. As far as I can tell, this is because it's so emotionally linear, and as such is easily listened to too much. I've had completely life-affirming experiences listening to "Death Bliss," (particularly 1:08 - one of the best moments in music of the year). However, I've had times I've tried to duplicate this feeling of overwhelming beauty and frisson with little success. I guess part of this is just that these moments hit so many endorphins that I naturally try to rerun the euphoria that they bring too many times over again. Unfortunately, pleasure is very different from joy. While joy is long-lasting or at least memorable, pleasure lasts for the moment and quickly loses steam. That's the main problem with EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE - it's sort of a false positive. You can see this short-run perspective in Rustie's recent obsession with intense positivity. "Imagine how the world would change if news told inspiring stories instead of trawling us thru the gutter of humanity" he recently tweeted. And yeah, when I'm in a good mood, I completely agree. But it's nearly impossible to listen to anything like this when I'm feeling down at all, because, just like his tweets, it doesn't really accept reality, instead choosing to focus entirely on the positive. That's why it's so difficult for me to rate this - I'm rarely this positive, so my opinion on the album changes extremely frequently.

While I'm indecisive on the overall quality of the album, I can still describe how it sounds. It steals the propulsive beats, sheer variety, and of course semi-random sound effects (listen closely to the album version of "Big Catzz"'s drop and you'll probably notice something a little different from the single) of Glass Swords, but thankfully mixes it in with some of the best, most heart-stoppingly gorgeous ambient sections of Green Language. Basically, it sounds like what you might imagine an album's worth of Triadzz/Slasherr sounding like, if a bit rougher around the edges. The younger Zedd/Madeon/Discovery-era Daft Punk/Skrillex fan in me would probably have considered it one of the best albums ever made. Current me is a little less enthused, but still pretty positive. Features include: gorgeous high-pitch vocal cuts, a sugary aesthetic, a drop/build-up based structure that allows for easy appeal and nothing really "sad"- sounding. You can hear various influences. Examples include PC Music (if I could pick one non-album song to summarize the entire release, it'd be Rustie's edit of A.G. Cook's "Beautiful" - formulaic but, for lack of a better word, beautiful), happy hardcore (Jess Harvel said in his 2011 review of Glass Swords that "you might mistake Rustie for a happy hardcore artist" and now it's finally come to pass with "First Mythz") and recent Hudson Mohawke ("Scud Books" could probably find a way to fit in here somehow). Songs are pretty, extremely sweet, fun and even sometimes inspirational, but unfortunately sometimes a bit repetitive, and generally poorly mastered.

Thankfully the album flows extremely well, almost cinematically. He's clearly learned from his last two albums - interludes actually have a point this time around and he's learned where to put them. Songs like "Emerald Tabletz" and "Peace Upzzz" are obviously placed where they are to help provide a breather from the other tracks, which is an enormous benefit for music with a largely homogeneous vibe of inspired euphoria - something that would be impossible to sustain this long normally. And while it does better than a lot of other albums I've heard, it still isn't quite possible to keep it going forever. The beauty of the hopeful sound Rustie really tries to hold on to is that it happens despite the sadness. That's why he can't.

Besides this, the mastering issues, and the occasional stale feelings, it's a nice album, with some very enjoyable tracks, an underutilized aesthetic, powerful moments, an inspiring message, and, for the first time in Rustie's career, excellent structure. I'm listening to it now for the first time in a while, and I was surprised with how much I enjoyed it. This happens to me every time I listen - I'm still not sure what the right rating for something like this is. But I guess that makes sense - happiness isn't quite as objective, quantifiable or concrete as we'd like to think.



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granitenotebook
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2015


860 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tried for a more abstract, fourth-wall-breaking review. hope you enjoy, critique always appreciated.



http://thoughtsonalbums.tumblr.com/post/135308300223/evenifudontbelieve

Gyromania
December 16th 2015


26587 Comments


glass swords is a masterpiece but this was a huge disappointment

oltnabrick
December 16th 2015


36468 Comments


its better than green language

Digging: Sense Field - Tonight and Forever

HTRA
December 16th 2015


16 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad to see someone finally reviewed this.



It may not be the 'new classic' that Glass Swords was, but I still think it's one of the most fun Dance records I've heard this year by far. It does begin to sound a bit one-dimensional as it goes on though like Glass Swords did, but it's more obvious here. Still really enjoy it though, especially 444Sure.

LotusFlower
December 16th 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

the dolphins haunt my dreams

climactic
December 16th 2015


22385 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

first mythz is the best, dolphins 5evr

granitenotebook
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2015


860 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@arcade agreed on hudmo. I really feel like he could put out something amazing if he knew how to make a cohesive album

Gyromania
December 16th 2015


26587 Comments


it actually sort of blows my mind that this is so bad. the last album was pretty shitty too, barring a few cool songs

LotusFlower
December 16th 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

only song from the last one that I liked was the Danny Brown collab

Lord(e)Po)))ts
December 17th 2015


41594 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

im sorry bud but this release is objectively a piece of shit.

Digging: Edyth - Bare II

Spacesh1p
December 17th 2015


7669 Comments


Rustie bought his own hype years ago and went from pretty cool to complete crap.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
December 17th 2015


41594 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

very, very quickly



like impressively quickly



like he literally went from a very good producer to probably one of the worst producers alive over the course of 2 years

Spacesh1p
December 17th 2015


7669 Comments


I enjoyed Glass Swords quite a bit, still do from time to time. I'd say City Star was one of the first trap style instrumentals that I got into. Then he decided, "hm, I'll do the same thing over and over. If it ain't broke don't fix it," which was his middle period, then he decided, "hm, I should change it up a bit," and just just added a bunch of annoying shit to his usual formula.

I should write his Wikipedia entry honestly.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
December 17th 2015


41594 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

yeah glass swords was good everything else after was anywhere between absolute shit and shitsolutely awful

Spacesh1p
December 17th 2015


7669 Comments


Yeah, respect the 1.

I just don't rate shit unless it's worth rating.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
December 17th 2015


41594 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

that doesnt really make any sense tho because then wouldnt you have like, nothing but high ratings?

Spacesh1p
December 17th 2015


7669 Comments


Yeah I have nothing but high ratings. Something like this and Cudi I believe to be objectively bad but haven't bothered to rate. But a lot of stuff I don't feel like is objectively bad, I just don't like it, and that doesn't make me want to rate it low.

This is all predicated on the nonsensical, or at least hotly debated philosophical topic of objective/subjective knowledge, which is a house built on sand to say the least. But generally my ratings are "how much do I like this" and not "how bad is this?"


Lord(e)Po)))ts
December 17th 2015


41594 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

fair enough

alienobserver
December 17th 2015


4495 Comments


u liked this? sounds like ur
musically challenged

granitenotebook
Contributing Reviewer
December 21st 2015


860 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I tweeted a link to this review to Rustie and he blocked me, so that's cool. (maybe he thought it was a 4/10?)



in unrelated news he is now recovering from addictions + mental health issues and cancelled all his tours. hope he gets better







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