Pardoner
Uncontrollable Salvation


4.0
excellent

Review

by Claire Q CONTRIBUTOR (42 Reviews)
October 8th, 2017 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Happy-go-lucky had a little accident

Oh sweet sun of mine, bouncing light around a dusty highway. Pardoner’s Uncontrollable Salvation cruises down, no shades needed. Sweat drips down brow, lands in eyes, mixes with dust. Foot meets pedal in irritation. Car suddenly swerves onto another lane. Screeching. A crunch is heard. Someone laughs.

Uncontrollable Salvation is unabashedly capricious, throwing caution into the wind and placing bets on the trajectory. It never takes the beaten path, preferring to veer onto the off-road. Every passage is a sharp turn onto new terrain - sometimes the ground is smooth and sweet, other times it’s tire-ripping discord. It’s a delirious joyride in the desert, heat bending the rays and sand coating the windshield. The riffs are a whirlwind of fuzz and grit, the motor of the rhythm section powering through with steady conviction.

And the thing is, I’d entrust my fate with the seemingly crazy driver of this vehicle. Never mind the youthful abandon that Uncontrollable Salvation’s stream-of-consciousness musings prescribe - it turns out that the precarious zig-zagging forms a very intelligible pattern indeed. With neatly sequenced chords, “Blue Hell” starts the record off on a sunny path but then suddenly dissolves in tempestuous clashing. “Outdoor Excursion” rides its way to success as it glides on the upturn of its atonal motif. Rather than a crash landing, it finds itself back on its feet with a cheerful gait. It’s all calculated disaccord, red sicced against green and breaking the traffic lights. These studies in contrast, present throughout Uncontrollable Salvation, are the mainstay of its composition; they’re consistent jolts, bumps on the road that keep you awake. You know perfectly well that they exist, and yet your heart might just skip a beat when you hit one.

It’s easy to call Uncontrollable Salvation chaotic, but that shifts the emphasis away from its ability to drive in a jaunty, tuneful melody. “I mean come on, it’s so much fun being happy!” proclaims the title track, and while this line may have been deadpanned, it can very well be applied to the effect of the record. It’s mildly ironic that it was chanted during the disharmonious bridge, but the chorus is incessantly peppy and all the more infectious for it. In fact Pardoner are masters of stuffing songs with pithy hooks, little segments worming through with each repetition. Distortion often masks the “wholesomeness” of the chords, which are more judicious with their dissonance than one might perceive at first glance. I consider it the second layer of surprise that Pardoner might actually be more order than chaos, but then this point would seem to count in favour of the latter.

“I slept for weeks / Oh God I’m bored,” goes “Labrador” in a mildly distraught manner. I wonder where its energy went" Oh, that’s right - I’ve been feeding off of Uncontrollable Salvation. It runs on sardonicism, and so do I - all the better that it’s delivered through a system which doesn’t induce crushing angst. I was very lucky to have crashed into Uncontrollable Salvation.



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ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2017


2034 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"tire-ripping discord", apt/10

wonderful review!

Ovrot
October 8th 2017


13263 Comments


pardoner?
i hardly know her!!

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2017


11095 Comments


Wow this is a really fantastic review. "Uncontrollable Salvation is unabashedly capricious, throwing caution into the wind and placing bets on the trajectory." I mean wow. Giving this a listen at the moment and enjoying it so far, it's kinda like someone took a regular pop-punk/punk rock album and pushed it slightly off-kilter, then turned the gain up a few notches.

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Papa Universe
October 8th 2017


12131 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

and a feature

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Papa Universe
October 8th 2017


12131 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

also

"throwing caution into the wind and placing bets on the trajectory."

"It runs on sardonicism, and so do I"

"Car suddenly swerves onto another lane. Screeching. A crunch is heard. Someone laughs. "



These sound like lyrics excerpts

BlushfulHippocrene
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2017


2194 Comments


Just the most well-deserved feature.

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AsleepInTheBack
October 8th 2017


5409 Comments


Absurdly good review.

clavier
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2017


534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks everyone (and the mods for the feature!), the intro is actually a section I came up with on my own as a tribute to the short and snappy lyrics

anatelier
October 8th 2017


2088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review and an enjoyable listen thus far

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dbizzles
October 8th 2017


10908 Comments


Good lord, you knocked this one out of the park, out of the county, out of the state and beyond the horizon.

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clavier
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2017


534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

much gratitude, everyone



these are 40 minutes of pure addictive post-punk goodness

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2017


39811 Comments


gosh damn good review

ZippaThaRippa
October 9th 2017


10383 Comments


I was not a huge fan of this. The vocal delivery was a little too off kilter for me

Papa Universe
October 10th 2017


12131 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, sorry. This just went too far over my head.

WatchItExplode
November 16th 2017


5303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think it says something about me that I find album off-kilter and delightful. What exactly that is, I'm not sure.

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