Screaming Females
All At Once


4.5
superb

Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (121 Reviews)
February 23rd, 2018 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: *hysterically screaming*

How far can one stretch the definition of post-punk, until it is no longer post-punk" And for that matter, how far can one stretch the definition of other genres, so that it comes as close as possible to another genre, say post-punk" Whatever the answer, the Jersey brutes of Screaming Females seem to be trying to jump over that exact fence. While most other bands of the sort are attempting to make music as close to the post-punk’s edge and be compared to other genres, Screaming Females seem to have accomplished the exact opposite. All At Once is explosive, hard-hitting, vocally magnetic, melodically intriguing and tonally raunchy. But it also has that post-punk-like frankness, bass lines and snarkiness that is lost in recent Joy Divisionisms of the band’s contemporaries, but that is a cry for another time. So in the end, Screaming Females managed to throw punk, indie rock, pop-punk, a little bit of noise and some of that good old-school hardcore (the mellow 70s one), or in other words they took all at once, and created an album so close to being post-punk that it reaches the uncanny valley.

So, All At Once. One thing the band always excelled at was vocal grandiosity and catchiness of the tunes. And it makes a big comeback here, and in high fashion. Marissa Paternoster’s voice just erupts in frenzy, although moments of calm are also present, while the songs themselves are almost each instantly memorable. So one thing you do not have to worry about is being bored for the duration of these fifteen tracks. That was already quite apparent from the singles “Glass House” and much more straightforward “Black Moon”, both serving as introductory cuts on here.

Now, what often brings the songs down is their brevity. “Dirt” just swings by without having a chance of making any impact and “Drop by Drop” just seems like a sudden rockabilly detour. Most cuts on here barely reach three minutes, and while most songs don’t suffer the consequences, some do, indeed. Another album’s flaw might be the song-writing, which I previously described as ‘instantly memorable’, which it surely is, but might not appeal to everyone with its simplicity and down-to-earth playfulness.

But if those are the only gripes, then All At Once is an all throughout worthwhile release. And it most definitely is. Screaming Females learnt from their past mistakes and stopped trying to wow the listener with their ambitions, but instead just go out there and have the fun their style of music deserves. And when the artist is having fun, so does the listener.



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Papa Universe
February 23rd 2018


21576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

suddenly

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luci
February 23rd 2018


11097 Comments


screaming females have nothing to do with post-punk

Papa Universe
February 23rd 2018


21576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

that's what i was trying to say with my first paragraph...

Papa Universe
February 23rd 2018


21576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

huh, it doesn't seem that apparent, does it?



goddammit, lemme rewrite it...

luci
February 23rd 2018


11097 Comments


which makes the intro superfluous. like i get post-punk is your 'thing' but this is just an indie/punk rock band

Papa Universe
February 23rd 2018


21576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well, i saw a certain thematic post-punk correlation (then again, i see it everywhere) and i decided to play off that..

Papa Universe
February 23rd 2018


21576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i dunno, neg me if you want to, the album's still fantastic

luci
February 23rd 2018


11097 Comments


just saying it's misleading to the reader when a band isn't post-punk yet post-punk is mentioned six times in the intro

Papa Universe
February 23rd 2018


21576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well, it kinds matters in this case... to a certain extent, which was the point i was trying to score, but yeah fine

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2018


16048 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"How far can one stretch the definition of post-punk, until it is no longer post-punk



I mean, he made it really clear though.



Good review Uni, you have them out like there is no tomorrow. POS at once. (How about that one huh)

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WatchItExplode
February 23rd 2018


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally a great one by Screaming Females? I'm game, I'll check this later,

SandwichBubble
February 23rd 2018


9697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Woah high praise, gonna spin this right now

WatchItExplode
February 23rd 2018


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this kills. I've always loved Marissa's voice, and it seems like they've finally focused the songwriting in a way that really gives it the showcase it deserves. Racking my brain to draw a comparison musically, but they are so evocative of some band out there I'm familiar with. It will come to me later I suppose.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2018


17163 Comments


Seeing them in April. Third time

Papa Universe
February 23rd 2018


21576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bless y'all

butcherboy
February 23rd 2018


9464 Comments


excited to hear this.. pos as always, Uni old boy..

Papa Universe
February 23rd 2018


21576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

90th review tomorrow, pal. I'mma reach a 100 sooner than you...

butcherboy
February 23rd 2018


9464 Comments


oh, we'll see about that..

Papa Universe
February 23rd 2018


21576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

challenge accepted

butcherboy
February 23rd 2018


9464 Comments


I've got die kreuzen and Uk subs coming tomorrow and the day after..

let's start knocking around ideas for my 100th..



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