White Lung
Paradise


4.0
excellent

Review

by scooper34 USER (1 Reviews)
January 3rd, 2017 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I will give birth in a trailer

Paradise, White Lung’s fourth studio album builds excellently on their previous works to deliver an album that is both measured and wildly eclectic. Kenneth William’s guitar playing is a highlight of the album as it brings a fantastic noisy atmosphere that shapes the album. This is evident in the opening tracks of the album “Dead Weight” and “Narcoleptic”. The latter of which features heavy noise rock influences and a passage that sounds like the musical equivalent of static with a screaming guitar fighting for space with Mish-Way Barber’s soaring vocals reminiscent of the early days of Hole’s work but with a decidedly more pop-driven delivery that maintains a high emotional energy.

The track “Below” is far more somber than the opening tracks but no less engaging; it is time the album takes direct notice of its central theme of struggle with the human condition: love and loss. This theme is punctuated by explosions of fury in what is one of the album’s slower cuts.
The track blends into the poppy “Kiss Me When I Bleed”. Incredibly catchy yet focusing on the deep lows of love and heartbreak as well as including lines such as “I will give birth in a trailer” which emphasize the depraved feelings of heartbreak. Twin tracks “Demented” and “Hungry” both feature prominent post-hardcore influences but with the White Lung flair evident since their debut.

The penultimate song on the album “Vegas”, features a thrashing guitar lead with booming drums which drag the listener down into the depths of this album. The final title track “Paradise” however is far more upbeat to the point of being triumphant in the context of the album. Whereas everything has gone wrong in the context of the album’s lyrics, “Paradise” details an imperfect but loving relationship while Barber exclaims that she wants her love to “ride South” with her, suggesting happiness can be found even in the lowest of places.

The album clocks in at just under a half-hour but delivers its message concisely while staying constantly engaging and energetic. It is a punk album for the modern day; short, powerful, and just a little bit unclean.


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Pangea
January 3rd 2017


3032 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally this has a review. Kiss me when I bleed and I beg you are along my fav songs of the year. They're so catchy

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ShadowRemains
January 3rd 2017


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

one of my favs of last year

Anthracks
January 3rd 2017


6272 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

how did this not have a review? such a great and energetic release

ShadowRemains
January 3rd 2017


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love the post-punk/post-hxc flashes they added in here

brandontaylor
January 3rd 2017


807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i wanna get into these guys' discography but im not sure where to go next. whats their best album prior to this one?

ShadowRemains
January 3rd 2017


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's the evil is their most unpolished album, definitely heavier on the noise rock influence

sorry and deep fantasy are fairly similar in their execution, and basically the bridge between it's the evil and this

Gmork89
January 4th 2017


7864 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This went under the radar in 2016 unfortunately, damn good album.

Pangea
January 5th 2017


3032 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the vocals on below are so good

Chortles
January 5th 2017


21384 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

much prefer all their previous stuff for some reason

Pangea
January 5th 2017


3032 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i definitely prefer deep fantasy but i like this better than sorry

Essence
April 5th 2017


6274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fucking excellent album right here, band always delivers

lilv
August 27th 2017


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album really rules

Essence
March 17th 2018


6274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still on routine jams a year later

Anthracks
October 5th 2018


6272 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

5'd

Wildcardbitchesss
January 23rd 2019


3058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Underrated album

Gmork89
January 23rd 2019


7864 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely underrated, this album is damn good.



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