Wear Your Wounds
WYW


2.5
average

Review

by linguist2011 CONTRIBUTOR (252 Reviews)
April 26th, 2017 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jacob Bannon's solo project feels like it lacks something to lift the album out of perpetual stagnation.

The debut album of Wear Your Wounds, Converge vocalist Jacob Bannon's solo project, has been a long time coming. This can easily be forgiven however, given his involvement in seemingly countless other projects. It's also easy to understand that much of Bannon's solo work here is largely reflected through his gentler, mellower albeit still emotional persona. That said, if you haven't already guessed so, this is almost the polar opposite of Converge.

The vast majority of WYW is essentially channelled through a slow-burning, low-fi style which is mostly influenced by post-rock. Even with the heavier nature of the self-titled album opener, there's still a strong, lulling charm which is thoroughly dreamlike and gentle. Unfortunately, after the faint promise of the album opener, the rest of the album merely relies on the same tried-and-tested technique but never reaches such a memorable peak of songwriting prowess. Songs such as "Giving Up", "Hard Road to Heaven" and "Fog" feature a strong focus on piano-led composition and elaborate acoustic melodies, yet for all their attempts at building and building to something monumental, there's never really an "end" to most of these songs. This main problem is at its worst, unsurprisingly, with the lengthier songs. "Iron Rose" and "Breaking Point", because of this, seem far too long and are seemingly written with a focus on interludes as opposed to full-fledged memorable pieces of music. That said, there are times when Bannon unleashes his more intense side. "Fog", despite its failed attempts at culminating in a decent outro, is rife with excellent drum work which seems more adapted to heavier music than it does in an album focussed solely on post-rock influenced styles. To add to this, the self-titled album opener is the only song to feature Bannon's faint screams, strongly recognisable to fans of Converge's music and a charming aspect of the tune to everyone else.

Yet these few moments can't quite take away from the fact that, honestly, WYW is a bit of a downward slump from the get-go. Its best song is right at the beginning, and everything else afterwards seems too derivative and meandering to be enjoyed all the way through. Sure, respect and credit has to go to Bannon for finally releasing a work which has taken years to release, but it all feels like it lacks something to lift the album out of stagnation. Perhaps we'll never hear another release under the Wear Your Wounds banner, given Bannon's involvement in seemingly countless projects elsewhere, but it would have been nice to hear something wholly consistent and interesting.



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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
April 26th 2017


2431 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

c/c is welcome.





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TVC15
April 26th 2017


8794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aww

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VaxXi
April 26th 2017


4135 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well this is pretty boring.

onionbubs
April 26th 2017


6778 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

opener is fucking massive. best on here easily

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JAV
April 26th 2017


2777 Comments


I listened to this once and didn't feel like I needed to hear it again.

PistolPete
April 26th 2017


4492 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah I like the opener and Fog a lot, but the rest seemed to just drift by. Didn't hate it or love it.

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Ebola
April 26th 2017


2868 Comments


Good review, but I recommend revising the opening two sentences. They strike me as a bit wordy and awkwardly phrased; for example, closing the first with "long time coming" and the second with "long awaited" is quite redundant.

FearThyEvil
April 26th 2017


15374 Comments


kind of worried to try this now

JasonCarne
April 26th 2017


868 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yep, review is accurate.

JAV
April 26th 2017


2777 Comments


You're not missing much Fear

Snide
April 26th 2017


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This was so fucking boring.

Tunaboy45
April 26th 2017


15609 Comments


Add this to the list of things he's doing instead of making a new Converge album

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FullOfSounds
April 26th 2017


15573 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah this is not good

FullOfSounds
April 26th 2017


15573 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

bannon creates some of the most emotionally charged screams ever and he comes out with this flat steaming pile. disappointed in u.

BigPleb
April 26th 2017


51424 Comments


Ok so now this is out the way new Converge pls, Jacob?

bloc
April 26th 2017


44261 Comments


Probably as bad as his main band

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BigPleb
April 26th 2017


51424 Comments


Bloc, pls

ExhaleTheLight
April 27th 2017


246 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I guess people don't really understand post shoegaze

SteakByrnes
April 27th 2017


4544 Comments


Did you just make that up?

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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2017


13290 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i guess people just found this boring because it is

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