Bad Suns
Disappear Here


4.0
excellent

Review

by TooManyFriends USER (23 Reviews)
September 23rd, 2016 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Predictably and perfectly executed

Disappear Here is a bit of an enigma. A harmless, inoffensive, and poppy affair, it picks up almost exactly where Bad Suns' debut record Language & Perspective left off; few curveballs are thrown, and the train never really veers off the tracks. And that’s perfectly fine, given that this band has no business being as good as they are.

In music, stagnation is death, and the focus shown on Disappear Here could easily be mistaken for stagnation. However, that would be unfair to a band who seem so determined to forge their own trends instead of following everybody else’s. Where their peers have taken their sound down a more folksy path, Bad Suns double down on their relentlessly catchy brand of pop rock. Where other singers opt for a more pitchy, subdued approach, frontman Christo Bowman projects with even more clarity before. Where other artists latch onto lo-fi production like it hadn’t already gone out of style, Disappear Here is polished like the Hope Diamond.

Of course, none of that would mean anything if the songs were crap, which mercifully couldn’t be farther from the truth. Bad Suns are truly gifted songwriters, crafting songs that are catchy and sugary as all hell, but never hammy or trite. I mean, just listen to closer “Outskirts of Paradise”, and how each succeeding vocal line in the song becomes more infectious than the last (“separate yourself/integrate yourself” stands out, especially considering how well the band heeds their own advice). Likewise, bubbly single “Heartbreaker” is a fast-acting glue with its immediate chorus and riff to match. Aside from the mildly forgettable filler track “How Am I Not Myself”, Disappear Here leaves very little fat to trim.

The individual performances on Disappear Here shine brightly as well. Rhythm section Gavin Bennett and Miles Morris work in lockstep, with drummer Morris in particular highlighting his skills with punchy kick-snare beats and intricate hi hat work atypical of the genre throughout. Shimmering guitars riff and stab on the upbeats with regularity, while Bowman pieces it all together beautifully with his confident, unwavering vocal melodies.

Poised, tight, and undeniably fun, Disappear Here is the sound of a band mature beyond their years fully realizing who they want to be. It’s not radically different from its predecessor, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s entirely possible that the formula Bad Suns have forged will one day grow stale, but for now, it’s best to close your eyes and enjoy the ride.



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TooManyFriends
September 23rd 2016


2934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet record, sweet band

AsleepInTheBack
September 23rd 2016


5871 Comments


sweet review

TooManyFriends
September 23rd 2016


2934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx yo

theNateman
September 23rd 2016


3504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gotta grab this, I immensely enjoyed their debut

Digging: Twenty One Pilots - Trench

danielcardoso
September 23rd 2016


11766 Comments


their ep is decent, dunno if i'll give this a spin tho.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
September 23rd 2016


23923 Comments


ep is decent [2] was this actually this good?

TooManyFriends
September 23rd 2016


2934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if you thought the ep was decent, you will find this to also be decent/slightly above decent i think. i for one loved the ep and the first album so i think this is exactly where they should have gone

dmp3131
April 28th 2017


1309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really dig this, honestly I think it's on par with their debut. Took a little while to grow on me but it's really solid.

theNateman
March 24th 2018


3504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lovin the cure, clash, and costello influences tbh

FourthReich
October 10th 2018


3234 Comments


I CAN LIVE MY LIFE INSTEAD

dmp3131
October 10th 2018


1309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Underrated band/album

FourthReich
October 11th 2018


3234 Comments


ONE MORE TRY FOR THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2018


23923 Comments


what happened to these guys?



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