Moose Blood
I Don't Think I Can Do This Anymore


2.3
average

Review

by Trebor. STAFF
March 12th, 2018 | 49 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We get it, you smoke

Eddie Brewerton sings about girls and cigarettes in every song. Smoking, having cigarettes on his person, letting a girl borrow one of his cigarettes, borrowing a girl’s cigarettes - this is the minutiae Eddie finds essential to his storytelling lyrics. Details are a very important part of building a narrative, but Eddie seems to fundamentally misunderstand the point. Repeating a variation on the same detail in every song adds nothing - it conveniently makes all the songs fit together into the same narrative sure - but it severely devalues each individual song. What I get out of “And you don’t leave like the smoke in my lungs” in “Talk in Your Sleep” is the same as what I get out of “Stumble through the door with the smell of wine on your breath and cigarettes but I can't blame you” in “Boston.” Did he really need to throw in “I could be anywhere as long as you're there, smoking my cigarettes, inhaling my hair” in “Can We Stay Like This,” or “I saw you lose your mind, you saw me as a silhouette, you needed cigarettes - that’s when you said ‘it’s nice not being here’” in “Just Outside"”

I feel the need to drill in this point about the cigarette references because it relates back to Moose Blood and their missed potential. Their first I'll Keep You in Mind, From Time to Time had the same storytelling about cigarettes, but the songs were more fleshed out, more varied in structure, and there was this feeling of “oh maybe they’ll build on this down the line.” I don't think I Can Do This Anymore offers a hard stop to any sense of faith in Moose Blood - every single song is still about smoking with girls, and every song is the same stale, tired, derivative indie/emo I’ve heard a million times. To be fair Moose Blood don’t bring up cigarettes in every single song, but it certainly feels like it, and that’s what counts goddamnit!

Moose Blood do the sad songs with upbeat music thing that’s been done to death by Dashboard Confessional clones and Brand New disciples, and their “I’m stripped bare and I’m raw, look at me” brand of emo lyrics doesn’t carry much weight; if wasn’t for the fact that this album barely crosses the 30 minute mark it would be unlistenable. When it comes to the bearable aspects of this record "All The Time" and its catchy “I don’t knoooowwwwwwww iiittttttt” shaky-voice chorus comes to mind, and the closer "It’s Too Much" packs the biggest punch as it’s the only slow/moody/downtrodden track on the whole album - it’s just a shame that it’s an outlier and sounds nothing like the rest of the record.

Minus the cigarette talk, Eddie lyrics are shockingly short on detail or substance. One can basically summarize all the tracks to the theme of “I remember I was with you, you unnamed person, and I didn’t feel good, I’m not gonna say why, but damn did I not feel good.” As far as I’m concerned every Moose Blood song takes place in empty space, and devoid of character or substance the songs fit in more as sketches than complete narratives. Moose Blood set the stage for anthemic, melancholic emo out the gate with the first song on their first record, "Cherry." With its refrain of “I was young and irresponsible,” 2014 Moose Blood instilled me with a sense of hope, but three albums later and the band has been consistently average since the final note of "Cherry" rang out. Moose Blood isn’t a band with potential uncharacteristically underachieving. After two subpar records in a row, it’s clear that they’re performing perfectly at their level. Hovering around average, smelling like cigarettes.



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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2018


56104 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3

end of first paragraph is supposed to be a question mark



I had a lot more fun writing this than listening to it

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JayEnder
March 11th 2018


2192 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Band has always seemed pretentious to me. Review made me laugh well done man

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TooManyFriends
March 12th 2018


2910 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i can't do "this" anymore either, "this" being listening to the band

Green Baron
March 12th 2018


24277 Comments


Cherry is the only song by these guys that I've had any use for

NorwichScene
March 12th 2018


2633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review! I bought this on CD (as was also buying Rolo Tomassi). Now going to sell it on

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bloc
March 12th 2018


51779 Comments


The rating chart looks like a bunch of cigarettes all lined up

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toocool4pos
March 12th 2018


233 Comments


Moose Blood = quintessential nice guy music.

Hanging around in the friendzone secreting hating Chads for getting all the girls, wondering why you're alone when you have nothing to offer a girl

CakeWithCream
March 12th 2018


1063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i love the other two albums but damn this album is sterile, devoid of heart, and disappointing. It's Too Much feels like the only genuine song on this album.

CakeWithCream
March 12th 2018


1063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Can We Stay Like This sounds like a generic song that would play in the background of a Christian coming-of-age movie where the climax of the movie is a school dance when the main characters voice their affections for each other.

Duckman118
March 12th 2018


384 Comments


Haven't listened to the full thing yet but all the singles were great. This bands sound just does it for me and I'll be more than okay for it to not change

JesperL
March 12th 2018


278 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Moose Blood = quintessential nice guy music. "



love the insane amount of irony there

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ianblxdsoe
March 12th 2018


1895 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i’m just gonna go back and jam IKYIM because that’s the only memorable thing they’ll ever do lol

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schoonda
March 12th 2018


1339 Comments


yeah blush felt super phoned in and so does this, they're just churning out material because they know teenage girls will eat it up regardless

AdolfChrist
March 12th 2018


17152 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@toocool that is very specific, its almost like youve gotten into the head of a "nice guy"....hmmmm....

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AdolfChrist
March 12th 2018


17152 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Anyways, this is limp dicked shit.

Danred97
March 12th 2018


1834 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Amazing review. Perfectly sums up what I think about this album. Aside from a couple tracks, there's just nothing here.

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MyShadow
March 12th 2018


773 Comments


crap band doin pedo shit. next

bach
March 13th 2018


15896 Comments


^^^^^^^

coldheaven
March 13th 2018


4482 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

crap band doin pedo shit. next [2]

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Clumseee
March 13th 2018


1099 Comments


Mention Deja once and people are like BRUH IF YOU LIKE BRAND NEW IVE GOT A BAND FOR YOU



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