You Blew It!
Abendrot


1.5
very poor

Review

by Trebor. STAFF
November 15th, 2016 | 118 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I don't feel like myself anymore

You Blew It! have been running away from the sound that defined them for a couple of releases now. The Floridian quintet started off as an average twinkly emo band, but quickly evolved and put out their aptly titled debut album Grow Up, Dude, and its bombastic guitar leads and yelly-singy vocal hooks firmly placed the band near the top of the emo revival totem pole. On You Blew It!’s follow up record Keep Doing What You’re Doing, the band decided to strip away much of the twinkles and the fun that had defined them, which resulted in a much less enjoyable record. You Blew It!’s third release Abendrot continues this trend to an alarming degree as the band strips away almost everything that made them enjoyable.


When You Blew It! strip away the elements of their sound that made them good, what’s left is slightly technical albeit completely middle of the road watered down indie rock with out of place emo lyrics. You Blew It! were never very original, but they were fun and catchy, and the depressing lyrics were sort of interesting because they contrasted very upbeat music. Throwing melodramatic lyrics over drab, mid-tempo indie rock just comes off as uncharismatic and boring. The only tracks that stick out are "Canary" and "Forecasting," and that’s because they’re the most upbeat, catchy, and fun, and actually sound like You Blew It! songs. "Autotheology" and "Minorwye" have a fuzzy, heavy sound that’s a stark contrast to the band’s previous material, almost to the point of being experimental, but it doesn’t matter because the songs are terrible. Heavily distorted dissonant riffs on a record that’s 90% easy listening indie just doesn’t mesh well. A crunchy breakdown followed by the lament “When God dies I’ll skip the funeral” is laughable no matter how you slice it.


You Blew It! seem to be on a mission to alienate fans of their early work and make the least enjoyable record possible, and with Abendrot they have totally succeeded on both fronts. Abendrot at its best is re-mindful to the listener of a time when the band was good, at its worst it’s cringe inducing, and most of the time it’s completely forgettable. In the middle of my second time listening to Abendrot I realized that I needed to urinate. As I stood up to go to the bathroom I thought to myself “I should press pause so I don’t miss anything while I’m gone.” I then realized there was nothing to miss so I went to the bathroom without hitting pause. I took my time too.



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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2016


56213 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Huge let down, I've seen these guys twice live and they were amazing, I can't see these songs translating well live though



stream if you hate yourself:



http://www.stereogum.com/1910481/stream-you-blew-it-abendrot/music/album-stream/

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RLWFormula
November 15th 2016


287 Comments


I guess they blew it here

Spec
November 15th 2016


35531 Comments


kek

SandwichBubble
November 15th 2016


8012 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

"drab, mid-tempo indie rock"

"easy listening indie"



I'm not crazy about this album either (might bump to a 2), but their other albums are plagued by the exact same problems. Just don't see what makes this album so considerably bad for some..

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2016


56213 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Grow Up, Dude has grown off me some, but I still think it's great



even Keep Doing has like 4 good songs on it



This is just trash

SandwichBubble
November 15th 2016


8012 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Fair enough. I still can't see it as this drastic change, when (to me at least) this sounds like what they've been doing with their studio efforts, except with cleaner production.

But yeah, I agree that this is not a very good album. I'm feeling that 2 more and more...

Edit: Yeah okay, 2 it is.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2016


56213 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Dude his vocal style is completely different, the guitar is completely different, this hardly has any arpeggios, it's way slower, the fuzzy distorted stuff is waaayyy different

Flugmorph
November 15th 2016


19756 Comments


Evening red

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Artuma
November 15th 2016


29870 Comments


lol when i saw flug has commented on this i knew that was his comment

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Flugmorph
November 15th 2016


19756 Comments


< 3

Sinternet
November 15th 2016


17550 Comments


oh damn these guys suck now then?

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Artuma
November 15th 2016


29870 Comments


well they never were good to begin with so

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2016


56213 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The last album was meh but yeah they're awful now

SandwichBubble
November 15th 2016


8012 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

@Trebor. Yeah, vox has a distinct lack of yelping. Guitars I'm chalking up to bad mixing. You can here a faint whisper of the guitar in the back there lol. "Everything's too quiet" would be my summation I guess.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2016


56213 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It's funny because they have three fucking guitarists now

SandwichBubble
November 15th 2016


8012 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

haha I can't really justify my claim then.. 3 guitarists should definitely have much more of a presence in the mix then they do here.

VaxXi
November 15th 2016


4367 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is bad.

Futures
November 15th 2016


9983 Comments


rip this band lol

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2016


56213 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

probably won't see em live again

FullOfSounds
November 15th 2016


15764 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is kinda chill but also very lackluster



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