Glocca Morra
Just Married


5.0
classic

Review

by Preston USER (14 Reviews)
November 21st, 2017 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Part 2: Tunnels

There’s always something special about music that explores the anxiety and distress of being alive. Even if the pain of growing up is a mainstay topic for the emo genre, Just Married zeroes in specifically on the pressure of marriage. They also juxtapose this with the carefree nature of adolescence, and the way it’s executed here is nothing short of genius. This is because many of the pains of growing up stem directly from the fear of ending up completely alone. There comes a time in life, for most people around the mid-20s, where you start to notice that quite a few people you knew in high school are tying the knot. You don’t think seriously about marriage when you’re a teenager - I mean come on, marriage is so far away when you’re that young, right" Besides, you don’t know anyone you’d even consider marrying.

But then, all of the sudden, “I don’t even know anyone I’d consider marrying” becomes “Holy shit, I don’t know anyone I’d even consider marrying.” With that thought, your adolescence takes a strike from the wrecking ball of adulthood. All those true-love stories (that hyphen is very necessary) you grew up with expose themselves for what they are: stories. You start to think that “settling down” might just mean “settling.”

It’s a narrow tunnel you don’t even notice you’re in until it starts to close in on you, and you can almost picture yourself watching the light at the end being swallowed by the concrete.

Then, the older you get, the more weight your relationships start bearing from the thought of marriage festering in the back of your mind. Entering romantic relationships when you’re older is so scary because, as Glocca Morra point out, it’s almost a “make it or break it” situation. If it works out, you made it, but if it doesn’t, you’re back at square one with time down the drain.

It’s such an ugly fear, and Glocca Morra knows that. They also know how beautiful of a thing adolescence is, and they show this with a masterful grip on conveying emotion through music. The most noticeable sign on first listen is through the vocals, which are sometimes sugary sweet when recounting glory days, and seething with bitter anger when feeling trapped, abandoned, crowded, empty, alone. Hell, the opener “Y’all Boots Hats"” is the most feel-good thing here, and it’s strictly about being young and wild. This track acts as a red herring, using its status as the opening track to disguise the album as a joyous celebration of life via power chords and gang vocals. The veil is lifted by the very next song, “Irrevocable, Motherfucker,” which paints the picture of a failing relationship. The protagonist feels the sting of their stubborn partner, which makes him feel like neither of them can do anything correctly, including walking, talking, and saying “I miss you.” It’s ugly but honest. It’s when you say “I’m going to leave” only to have your mind respond with “Where would you even go"”

This is also when the album showcases it’s true strong point: the guitar work. Each note twinkles and slings around the rhythm section with ease, and when the parts are layered on top of one another, (which is usually the case) it’s the closest the emo genre has come to being downright hypnotic. The guitar work is just as sporadic as the mind of the album’s protagonist, who is terrified of being alone, even though deep down it’s all he wants.

Glocca Morra seems so infatuated with adolescence, to the extent where I don’t think it’s at all a coincidence that the most gorgeous instrumental moment on the album comes directly after a lyric about spending an entire summer getting high in a bedroom on “Eat The Fucking Snow.” After the lyric hits, clean guitars twinkle alongside soft bells and a tambourine to create a cozy musical hammock for the listener, drawing them in closer as the whole track gradually slows down to a leisurely, peaceful swing. It’s like the snug, warm feeling you get when you think back to your teen years, the true beauty of not having a care in the world.

Just Married can be a downer at times, but ultimately it wants you to know that you can find love in many different things. According to Glocca Morra, love can be listening to old Green Day records with a few friends. It can be driving to a past lover’s house in the middle of the night to get them back. And maybe, it can be calling 9-11 after you and your wife convince each other that you’ve died from eating pot brownies.

Everyone can find the way out of their tunnel. You believe that, don’t you"



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TumsFestival
November 21st 2017


2447 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Welcome to part 2 of my 5/5 review series, where I give an album a 5 and make everything emotional. This one took a lot out of me, but I'm really proud of how it turned out.



Big thanks to jack for revising it!

ianblxdsoe
November 21st 2017


1890 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fucking great man, amazing job. still don’t know what to rate this. hard pos you lovely fuck

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butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2017


8388 Comments


beauty of a review, Cara.. pos to end all pos'es..

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2017


55977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice

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TumsFestival
November 21st 2017


2447 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks guys, also does anyone know a workaround for getting question marks in reviews? Mine come through as quotation marks

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2017


23441 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

YESSS love u for this review

TumsFestival
November 21st 2017


2447 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Knew you’d like this one con! Cheers man

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2017


23441 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

god this hit the feels a bit hard, really well written (albeit a bit cheesy/hyperbolic but it’s apart of the charm). you also managed to describe my favorite moment on the album perfectly gettin stoned and doing nothing. amazing album gonna listen to it on the way home from college tomorrow

TumsFestival
November 21st 2017


2447 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks my dude, that’s my favorite moment too. Also I’m glad I was able to squeeze in a little reference right at the end of the weed overdose sample lol

tom79
November 21st 2017


3638 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man I used to jam this so much a few years back...still do once in a while and it's still awesome. This review's gonna make me come back to it now.



Also it took me about 3 years to realize that Tom from the Menzingers is on the cover

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
November 23rd 2017


23441 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

listened to this on the car ride home and I loved every song...guess that means I gotta 5 it now

TumsFestival
November 23rd 2017


2447 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yessss con join us

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
November 23rd 2017


23441 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

check. honestly tho didnt think this would be the album that would hit so hard on a personal level but damn after this last listen it might be one of my new favorites

TumsFestival
November 23rd 2017


2447 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I hear that man, this started as a solid 3.5 from me

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
November 23rd 2017


23441 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

4 for me but yeah same idea

AsleepInTheBack
November 23rd 2017


5857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Thanks guys, also does anyone know a workaround for getting question marks in reviews? Mine come through as quotation marks"

Just a glitch in the sput matrix since the big crash. I think the mods are on it.

FreddieDelaney31
November 23rd 2017


4448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Opener has become one of my absolute favorite songs in the genre

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TumsFestival
November 23rd 2017


2447 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Asleep yeah I figured, just wondering because it kinda takes away from the last line of my review

TumsFestival
April 2nd 2018


2447 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

When the palm-muted guitar comes in right after the lyric "...who led me out to the slaughter" in Broken Cigarettes I can't help but feel a bit dancey

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2018


23441 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

dude this album is something else



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