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Adults!!!: Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited By Nothing!!!!!!!


5.0
classic

Review

by ianblxdsoe USER (31 Reviews)
July 17th, 2017 | 83 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Well I guess this is growing up.

Growing up fúcking sucks. when we're kids, in our heads we think we're adults, but at what point in our adulthood, do we realize we're still kids" That’s essentially the question that Adults!!! proposes to the listener. The album almost acts as a precursor to the existentialism and growing-up-pains shown in the lyrical content of Jeff Rosenstock’s later efforts. Of course, Adults!!!: Smart!!! Sh¡thammered!!! And Excited by Nothing!!!!!!! still plays like a Bomb The Music Industry! album; in fact, it bridges the gap (along with Vacation) from BMTI and Jeff’s solo efforts so well and so seamlessly, it plays so perfectly between the two. Adults!!! is pretty much the essential project for any fan of Jeff Rosenstock and his workings because of its honesty, maturity, along with its sense of living as a punk in your 20’s.

Songs like “Slumlord” paint the picture of what Jeff and the rest of BTMI were going through at the time, but as well as what the entirety of the DIY scene was experiencing at the time. This happens in such a catchy and well constructed way, it almost feels too well constructed if i’m being honest. Jeff paints such a vivid setting with the opening lyrics of the song by describing his living conditions in New York so well and with such gaiety, that you’ll almost wish you were there just to experience it. With dual vocals from keyboardist Laura Stevenson, the song is practically engineered to be the quintessential drunken singalong extraordinaire. And while there’s only 7 tracks in total on Adults!!!, don’t let the album sell you short. Each song is unique and packed with so much personality from everyone in the band individually and it feels like nothing else in music as a whole. The whole 21 minutes feels like a nonstop punch after punch of genius songwriting, phenomenal, and intricate instrumentation, as well as a unique atmosphere that sets the album apart from the other bands’ releases. As soon as the opening horns and the head-pounding drumming kick in, the album essentially never slows down and this lets it keep an invigorating pace. That’s how Jeff Rosenstock, Laura Stevenson, and company roll, and they roll better than pretty much the entirety of the ska-punk scene.

Jeff provides some of the most compact and darkest lyrical contributions of his career. Even before his solo projects, Jeff shows earlier hints at his fear of getting older on almost every track here. As I stated in the intro, the question that Adults!!!: Smart!!! Sh¡thammered!!! And Excited by Nothing!!!!!!! proposes is, essentially, what point in your life do you realize everything is relative in some way or another" Well, Adults!!! doesn’t really answer that directly, but that’s because it doesn’t have to. In all the stories and tribulations the gang describes here, it answers itself. Life and its experiences are all relative in some way, regardless of age, class, race, sexuality, gender, upbringing, or whatever it may be. That’s what makes music such a beautiful thing. Even if we haven’t all dealt with the exact experiences Jeff or BTMI has doesn’t mean we can’t compare our own wisdom, experiences, and faults and bring them to the table. Adults!!!: Smart!!! Sh¡thammered!!! And Excited By Nothing!!!!!! is an album for everybody, because we’re all smart, Sh¡thammered, and excited by nothing in our own respective individualities. We’re all relative, that’s kind of the cool part of this whole “being alive” thing.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ianblxdsoe
July 16th 2017


1344 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

put this up a little bit later than i anticipated so sorry if that shows, but def an important album to me. Part 4 of 5 of my "5 5 Star Reviews in 5 Days" series, which is still going on track if you live around the western hemisphere lol. CC is always appreciated.



Update: fixed the censoring and whatnot, also this is my 10th review so that's cool i guess

ianblxdsoe
July 16th 2017


1344 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

also i guess they censor "shit" on here too, gonna have to go and try and fix that to make it less awkward lol

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2017


39413 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review my dude, make sure you fix those italics on the album name in that first paragraph though



if they'd filled this out with a couple more songs I honestly think it could have been their best album. but it's fuckin perfect as an EP so whatever

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ianblxdsoe
July 16th 2017


1344 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i see it as a full album tbh, just not a long one. like if bands like touche amore and joyce manor can release 18 minute albums and still have them considered LPs i think this is fine.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2017


39413 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I mean fair enough. I think Jeff and co. tend to refer to this as a mini-album? To Leave Or Die has the same terminology applied to it

Ocean of Noise
July 16th 2017


9774 Comments


hmm thing is the really short Touche Amore/Joyce Manor/etc albums all have more tracks than this. It's unusual even for a short punk LP to have less than 10 tracks.

"mini-album" definitely seems like the right term for something like this

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ianblxdsoe
July 16th 2017


1344 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah something like that

ArtBox
July 17th 2017


228 Comments


Eager to see what your 5th 5 in a row is tomorrow, Bledsoe :P

Great review, love this consistent streak you've got going. Might have to check this out, but then I say that about everything



McTime50
July 17th 2017


184 Comments


My guess is that the 5th one is gonna be WORRY., which is funny considering I was planning to post my 5/5 review of WORRY. tomorrow too lol.

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ianblxdsoe
July 17th 2017


1344 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it actually isn't for WORRY. actually lol so you're good, but i'm really excited to see what you have for that!!

McTime50
July 17th 2017


184 Comments


similar to what you did for Slow Burn but not quite.

Also, looking through your ratings because I really like your taste in music from what I've seen. Some of your 1-2 ratings break my heart lol.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2017


19696 Comments


dont go breaking my heart

McTime50
July 17th 2017


184 Comments


I am one of 20 people who've rated the Waterparks album as not complete feces.

Bloon
July 17th 2017


879 Comments


good review vro jeff rosenstock is a good boy

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dimsim3478
July 17th 2017


7697 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think Jeff and co. tend to refer to this as a mini-album?


the first time i saw adults being mentioned as a "mini-album" was around when btmi announced their final show; specifically, their homepage listed adults among the rest of their full-lengths incl. to leave or die.



jeff has a tendency to change how he refers to his work. for example, he recently started calling the first three bomb records "more like demos" or something like that. irked me a little cuz i think goodbye cool world is their best album and shouldn't be written off as some lesser work just cuz it sounds a little rougher.

ianblxdsoe
July 17th 2017


1344 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

hey man my opinions don't mean shit hahah sorry if i offended you, also yes bloon jeff rosenstock is the BEST boyo

clavier
July 17th 2017


454 Comments


The rate at which you make these is impressive, keep up the good work man

ianblxdsoe
July 17th 2017


1344 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thank you claire, means a lot. and McTime now i'm actually kinda thinking about reviewing WORRY. since you brought it up lmfao

AsleepInTheBack
July 17th 2017


5117 Comments


Damn mate you are on a roll. First 2 lines are perfect (though think the second sentence needs a capital W on 'when'). Whole thing is lovely tbh

DinosaurJones
July 17th 2017


6199 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I DON'T WANNA GO OUTSIDE BECAUSE I MIGHT HAVE A TERRIBLE DAYYYYYY

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