Picturesque
Back to Beautiful


3.5
great

Review

by Tequila Mockingbird : Drunk Author USER (17 Reviews)
August 18th, 2017 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An effective debut dispite its flaws.

A successful debut album establishes an identity for a band. The debut should, in theory, be the groundwork used to elevate future albums to success. In this case, Picturesque successfully finds their identity throughout the running time of Back to Beautiful, even if it is immensely niche.

Two things easily stick out to differentiate Picturesque from debuting bands in 2017: their lead singer and their exquisite chorus construction. Lead singer, Kyle Hollis, has an extremely unique voice. His register is stupefyingly high and specific runs on songs such as "New Face." Unlike most high register males however, Hollis is not afraid to belt and wail, showcasing some necessary power within his performance. Admittedly, Hollis high register has the ability to discourage listeners since he is the driving force in many of the songs. Despite this, Kyle Hollis is the biggest highlight of album and the band's biggest asset for their identity. Despite some strong riffs on songs "Who We Are" and "Waiting," the instrumentals don't stand out much in structure or complexity. What does stand out, however, is Picturesque's ability to craft ear worm chorus after ear worm chorus. Songs such as "Honestly," "Who We Are," and "New Face" become the most memorable songs on the album because of their innate sing-along-style delivery and structure.

While there are many enjoyable aspects, the album's flaws are quite apparent. The glossy production is lacking bass and teeters on being overproduced. This kneecaps many riffs while the rhythm section leaves little impression. In general, the album possess and unbalanced tendency with its focus on highs and negligence of lows. Furthermore, Hollis' voice is the center of attention on most songs, there are many moments in which more complex or generally interesting instrumentation would've elevate the album aurally. In addition, certain songs are overtly repetitive and force a chorus, such as the opener "Fake Fiction" or the song "One Of Us." These respective songs burn choruses into the minds of listeners not on their merit of quality. Instead the choruses are reminded only for their repetition. Songs of this variety are weak and skippable and bring down what is an otherwise impressive debut.

Picturesque solidified their sound with Back to Beautiful. They specialize in immensely catchy choruses and the unique and talented vocal performance from Kyle Hollis. Most complaints, however, such as the band not harmonizing, rudimentary song composition, or unfitting production can be contributed to the overall problems of a debut. Back to Beautiful cements firm groundwork for the band's future outings whilst delivering a respectable album in its own right.



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Joeman82
August 18th 2017


1445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks babe

Pon
Staff Reviewer
August 18th 2017


4938 Comments


gud wordz john c reilly pos < 3

Joeman82
August 18th 2017


1445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice to see someone is a true man of culture

GreyShadow
August 18th 2017


4961 Comments


good review but i really don't like these guys. probably cause one of my friends thinks everything they release is perfect. not a fan of the vocals and nothing else really stood out to me on anything they released prior to this. they didn't sound good live either.


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Joeman82
August 18th 2017


1445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Aw man, that sucks. They're far from perfect, but they have a decent amount going for them

ianblxdsoe
August 18th 2017


1919 Comments


solid review, curious to check this out now

Dedes
August 18th 2017


7722 Comments


Holy fuck that summary is so ironic.

sempiturtle
August 18th 2017


1611 Comments


Vocalist makes me wanna plug my ears... sadly he's the only thing that makes this band unique.

Joeman82
August 18th 2017


1445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dede plz.



dmp3131
August 18th 2017


1361 Comments


Monstrous Things was great so I'm sure this will be good since all of those songs are on this record. Fake Fiction was alright as well, but I'll check soon.

Joeman82
August 18th 2017


1445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If you like Monsteous Things you should like the album

Metalcorehead
April 13th 2018


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album is amazing!



SteakByrnes
November 18th 2018


24293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I revisited this tonight and it really clicked with me, I really dig it now

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SteakByrnes
March 20th 2020


24293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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New single is nice, more poppy



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