Turnover
Good Nature


2.0
poor

Review

by ian b. USER (43 Reviews)
August 25th, 2017 | 71 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: wait a minute; this isn't the new Title Fight record!

Run For Cover and Will Yip have essentially become the Bonnie and Clyde of today’s emo scene. The complete change in sound that the label has become known for with formerly pop punk bands like Tiger’s Jaw, Title Fight, Citizen, Turnover, etc. turning into more shoegaze and/or indie rock bands has been a fairly controversial one to say the least. Usually with these changes leaving fans split at the seams, battling it out over which sound is better. But the thing is, with so many of the modern emo scene’s albums being produced at the helm of Will Yip, if you’re not a fan of his sound/production style (spoiler alert: a lot of people aren’t, and for fair reason), chances are you’re not going to like any of it. An issue to be had with Yip though lies in that he has produced some phenomenal albums don’t get me wrong, but for every album like Peripheral Vision or Shame, albums like Hyperview, Light We Made, and unfortunately Good Nature are also made. The main issue with Yip though, is that he tries so hard to push most of these bands towards a softer sound, but his executions going smoothly are about the equivalent to a game of russian roulette for the fans, leaving him as the puppet master, and bands like Turnover as those unnassumedly being drowned into the mud.

It’s not that Good Nature is godawful by any means, but the catchiness and aura that Peripheral Vision gave off with its hooks and changing tones in most songs, is completely absent on Good Nature. Seriously, the record essentially bleeds track by track into one giant coffee shop soundtrack. All the interesting lead guitar work that made songs like “New Scream” and “Take My Head” off Peripheral Vision play so uniquely into the square center of emo and dream pop, are essentially nowhere to be found. It seems like everyone involved with the creation of this album went “Hey, so doing that emogazey stuff on Peripheral Vision worked sort of for once right? So why don’t we just make an entire fucking dream pop record instead?! Emo is dead!” and then shitposted their way through the production studio where we unsurprisingly wound up with the incredibly watered down successor of Peripheral Vision that will always stray away from the counterpart’s spotlight within Good Nature. I honestly wouldn’t even be surprised if this was some sort of experiment to see whether the label could just turn into a full on shoegaze/dream pop label since Whirr had their shitstorm. Good Nature in reality is just a pale shadow, with a muddy mix, safe production, and uninspired instrumentation to 2015’s wonderful Peripheral Vision.

But theoretically, if I’ve listened through the album in full 13 times at this point, just trying to find some redeeming factor, and I still can’t separate one song from another, there’s got to be an issue. I mean of course there are some decent factors, like Austin’s vocals are OKAY, the guitars are OKAY, the drums are OKAY, the mixing is OKAY, etc. but when there’s nothing that stand out, not even ONE element, and everything else is mediocre at best; you’re left with a pretty big disappointment. Especially after an album like Peripheral Vision. The only really redeeming factor this record could have would be with its songwriting but you can barely make it out over the goddamned reverb that plagues this thing like the Black Death plagued Western Europe and killed practically everybody. If that Beach House b-sides collection that dropped earlier this year didn’t really do it for you, well, I don’t know where I’m going with this because this is just what Beach House would throw out before even thinking about putting it out or even finishing it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ianblxdsoe
August 25th 2017


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hi i wrote and published this from my phone so uhhh if there's any mistakes lemme know anyways constructice criticism is appreciated thanks to dbiz, blush, and aaron for reading over a bit :-) thank you guys for reading; pretty disappointed with this release tbh :-( especially since if u couldn't tell i luv Peripheral Vision

DungeonBoy
August 25th 2017


7434 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hey, good review man, you did a got job of getting your point across. I haven't had a chance to listen to this yet but Peripheral Vision was one of my favorite records of whatever year it was when it came out. Hoping to give this a few listens over the weekend.

Digging: Holy Fawn - The Black Moon

BlackwaterPork
August 25th 2017


4390 Comments


Wow I thought today had been a really good day for reviews, now this? It's just the cherry on top.

Gmork89
August 25th 2017


8054 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I figured Peripheral Vision was a moment in time that couldn't be re-created. Still love that album like a child and will check this out.

Green Baron
August 25th 2017


24934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

too soon again???

ianblxdsoe
August 25th 2017


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it's been leaked for like a month high quality stop bullying me 😤😤

ianblxdsoe
August 25th 2017


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

also i should say i don't condone leaking unless you had alreadyd preordered the album, which i have. should be expecting a nice vinyl copy to come in the mail some time soon 😎

joelom
August 25th 2017


7 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

got the album earlier in the week. having a very hard time getting into it. i know PV is a special album, but nothing carried over. even without holding it to PV, its just an average album with nothing really standing out. ill keep trying...

Green Baron
August 25th 2017


24934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i condone leaking in the sense that I don't give a shit about it



preorders or not

Green Baron
August 25th 2017


24934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

anyways the first half of this is dreadful

accompliceofmydeath
August 25th 2017


4899 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've only listened to this one time through, but I seem to be liking it a lot more than most you. I do think PV was a better record overall.

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loveisamixtape
August 25th 2017


8042 Comments


album is boring but all of y'all would love it if it had come out before PV

Spluger
August 25th 2017


1972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review man. I'm feeling a 3 after my first listen, hopefully it'll grow. You hit the nail on the head about Will Yip.

Gmork89
August 25th 2017


8054 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

“Hey, so doing that emogazey stuff on Peripheral Vision worked sort of for once right? So why don’t we just make an entire fucking dream pop record instead?! Emo is dead!”



Seriously this says it well, it's like its missing those dark kind of violent moments that really drove PV deeper. This is just kind of twinkly and cheesy. Still going through my first listen but it doesn't really have standout moments so far.

Green Baron
August 25th 2017


24934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this was the first album to make me legitimately angry in quite some time

Spluger
August 25th 2017


1972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why lol, I find it pretty inoffensive

Green Baron
August 25th 2017


24934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it was so inoffensive that it made me angry

i kept waiting for it to pick up and with each song that never did, it made me angrier that it stayed at this boring as hell level for like the first 6 tracks. second half is slightly better but still a 3 at best.

there are other albums that are a lot worse, but their shittiness isn't rage-inducing, it's just hilarious. this album's constant state of nothingness made me angry because I kept hoping for something better and it was the same old crap

last time I felt this way was with American Football 2

ianblxdsoe
August 25th 2017


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah baron i can def see a lot of correlation between the two

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 25th 2017


25357 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

can't read rn driving but after one song this sounds pleasantly dull.

Green Baron
August 25th 2017


24934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Super Natural is the best song here



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