Into It. Over It.
Standards


3.5
great

Review

by Conmaniac CONTRIBUTOR (69 Reviews)
March 15th, 2016 | 92 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The steps that I've been taking, carefully curating

It’s satisfying when an artist puts so much effort into a release, and, as a result, the listener is able to tell when hearing the album. Into It. Over It. dug deep effort-wise in the process of creating this record. Feats range from locking themselves inside a cabin in Vermont for a winter for songwriting purposes to producing the album fully on analog tape with the help of producer John Vanderslice. Evan Weiss seems to have really outdone himself for IIOI’s third studio album, but was all of this work worth it" Standards is worth all the work, and it surpasses most expectations in a stunning way, yet falls just short on others.

On a first listen through, you can tell that there was a certain atmosphere that the band wanted to induce. The overall mood of the album is an introspective one, tender yet forthright and enticing yet turbulent. There is a clear dichotomy between the songs on this album, as there are thrilling up-tempo tracks and somber acoustic ballads. Yet, all of the songs seem to flow into one another, whether the transitions are obvious or not. In between the slower ballad “Old Lace & Ivory” and the faster, more straightforward punk-influenced track “Adult Contempt”, there is a beautiful connection found not within the space in between the songs, but the opening and closing melodies of both songs. Every song on here has a purposeful place, and because of this, no track disrupts the mood of the album. Elements like the slick, yet warm production add to the overall atmosphere, as well as the inclusion of various instruments like a string section and piano.

Speaking of the string section, the second to last track “Anesthetic” might just be the most spell-binding track Into It. Over It. has ever made. It’s a slow burning track that carefully blends all of its elements into one delightful moment near the end before the drawn-out vocals caress the listener into the outro’s fade out. Other highlights include “Closing Argument”, an up-tempo track that builds to a fun riff ridden ending, and “Required Reading” that begins with a simple piano loop and escalates into an explosive chorus, aided by Evan’s fantastic vocal performance. My favorite, however, is “Vis Major” which sounds like a pop-punk influenced song at first, but the noodly guitar work combined with a vigorous yet composed chorus makes for an exciting and stimulating track. These songs display that all of the working parts of IIOI are performing at high capacity on this album. There’s the impressive, fierce guitar work, the drumming that intertwines most songs throughout the album, and even Evan’s remarkable vocal deliveries. The vocals themselves are delicate and airy on ballads, and strong and energy ridden when needed most for the climatic choruses. After putting these components together, you would think this album is a new staple for the genre of emo music. Well, not quite.

Although as a whole the album is beautifully delicate and alluring, certain songs by themselves are a bit lackluster. Songs like “Your Lasting Image” provide a nice break from the loud chaos that comes before it, yet, when stripped away from its context, the song is a bit dull and boring, despite how ‘pretty’ it may sound. Even the cute acoustic closing track “The Circle of the Same Ideas” suffers from the same fate as it doesn’t remain interesting enough to justify listening to it by itself. Unfortunately, even the flow of the album can’t save the strange, clunky-sounding song “Bible Belt” as its lo-fi production influences take control, making the transitions within the song interrupt its natural progression. Many songs on this album prove to be not as engaging by themselves as they did in their respective places on the album, and the ballads suffer the most in these cases.

Despite its downfalls, Standards is the the perfect culmination of experimentation that Evan has labored over in his previous two releases. It is well crafted and well thought-out, and this lends to its overall likability. Standards is the LP fans have been wanting Evan to put out for a long time now; and, with this record, all IIOI fans should expect to be satisfied as Standards is the most complete project in Evan’s discography, yet it is not complete enough to call it his masterpiece.



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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2016


23941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hey guys. finally was able to do another review. this one's a bit longer but I found it pretty hard to explain my feelings on this album. special thanks to JohnnyOntheSpot for proofreading it for me. any other criticism is welcome though!

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2016


6676 Comments


I think the conclusion could be tidied a bit. You have some repeated terms ( "album" is used like 5 times or so, could use "effort" or "release" or "LP", etc). I also think you take a bit too long to wrap things up in that last paragraph, like you're doing circles, y'know? See if you can say the same conclusive thoughts in less words and make it flow more satisfyingly. Other than that, this looks nice at a glance.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2016


23941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thx again. I tried to shorten it a bit and made some wc changes as well

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2016


6676 Comments


I might rewrite it as:
Despite its downfalls, Standards is an impressive culmination of the experimentation Evan has labored over in his previous two releases. It is evidently well crafted and well thought-out, and this dedication lends to the enjoyability. Standards is the full-sounding LP fans have been wanting Evan to put out for a long time; and, with this record, all IIOI fans should expect to be satisfied with what is the most complete project in Evan’s discography, yet not quite realized enough for Weiss to call his masterpiece.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2016


23941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hm I like it but idk if the last sentence translates as clearly as I would like it to. changed it again though to cut out some fluff

Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2016


23858 Comments


solid write-up man!

johnny always has good advice, so anything he says is worth taking into consideration. that being said, I think this is a pretty nice review for only being your 7th. As you continue writing, it would be cool to see you incorporate more of a personal tone into some of your reviews, but you're definitely on the right track

album sounds pretty decent too, getting some death cab for cutie vibes on some of the tracks

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2016


23941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks Atari! and yeah that's something I've been meaning to work on and will probably incorporate in my next review.

and yeah this is def a solid album. i get those vibes as well

TooManyFriends
March 15th 2016


2937 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

nice review, this album is sheer excellence. i'm in love with evan weiss' guitar playing, he writes the tastiest shit

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2016


23941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thx friend! and yeah his guitar playing as great as ever on this album, id even argue its his best work

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2016


23941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

and wow thanks so much for featuring this! :D

hogan900
March 15th 2016


2864 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love this dude's cover of Poor Souls, gotta check this out asap.

Good review man

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2016


23941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thx hogan appreciate it

oisincoleman64
March 15th 2016


2232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best emo of 2016 so far

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2016


23941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'd say Mimisiku's release gives this a run for it's money but honestly im torn on the rating for this album. i kinda land right in between a 3.5 and a 4

Ponton
Emeritus
March 15th 2016


6362 Comments


album sounds messy

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2016


23941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

interesting...I personally wouldn't describe this as messy. in fact imo its very concise and flows really well with only a few bumps in the road. what makes it messy for you Ponton?

oldsoul
March 15th 2016


274 Comments


I know I'm gonna like this, but man, the whole "locked in a cabin" thing is starting to feel a bit silly. Sweet rev

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2016


23941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

plenty of artists do it aha. I know Foxing did for Dealer as well but I can see what you mean. and thx!

ProjectFreak
March 15th 2016


3116 Comments


I've never listened to IIOI despite them being exactly the kind of band that I'd like. I'll jam this at some point. Nice review, pos

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2016


56209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

most overrated emo act

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