Boring Bathtimes



by Finn Baker USER (43 Reviews)
March 28th, 2018 | 10 replies

Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Are you okay?

So much about Loss, the third album from English singer/songwriter Boring Bathtimes, embodies intimidation. It is one 48-minute song, which was unprecedented in his discography at the time and has not been attempted again since. There is no separation of sections, where one movement has a certain title and another section has a different one. It’s all together. In fact, it is difficult to discern various movements across all 48 minutes. Very few times does Loss actually diverge into a disparate realm of music, or automatically split itself into even portions. It is an emotional and intimate display of balance, unrecognized strength, and one’s ability to simply overcome.

The first 10 minutes of the album is a simultaneous showcase of combining multiple ideas in one swift motion, and maintaining a feeling of stability. An extremely natural rhythm is the very first sound you’re meant to hear. Acoustic drums are gradually introduced, various strings are plucked, two distinct yet harmonious voices are rendered. Whether or not this was intentional is unclear, but for a while it’s the only passage in Loss that contains vocals, and it acts as a great method of being eased into the record. The following moments comprise one of the few blatantly unexpected twists across the whole runtime; a jazzy improvisational piece. At least, it sounds improvised, but at around 12:45, that mood takes a very much intended turn into orchestrated music. Every instrument had been proceeding at its own pace, all the sounds being connected by the slimmest of margins. And they become something remarkably beautiful, even somewhat catchy, all at the same time. Boring Bathtimes provides a clear exhibition of power with seemingly minimal effort, and although the music itself is avowedly personal, it puts the listener at ease.

This is a façade.

Loss eviscerates you. It takes a long spell to get to this point, and once it finally reaches the top of that metaphorical mountain, holds you up by your collar and wrings the air out of your lungs. It is replaced by the cold, dry stench of burning and a steel-infused atmosphere. Lingering harsh noise is present in every direction, with nothing but noisy claustrophobia surrounding you. Voices can be heard but are by no means discernible, which generates and enhances a feeling of being surrounded, almost being watched, yet still being lonely. No one expects the album to invade so precisely into the listener’s psyche, let alone in such a drastic way. There is no clear or absolute turning point, no undeniable moment where things turn from melancholy to depraved. It’s somewhere, though. Once the halfway point is crossed, no happiness is to be found or discovered. It was taken. Forcefully.

While drums belabor their way to an unspecified freedom and Boring Bathtimes repeatedly utters whatever the opposite of a sweet nothing is, Loss, as a whole, steps uncomfortably close. It downright ceases being pleasantly peaceful, and morphs into long droning motions. Acoustic guitars that were present near the beginning, which has been nearly forgotten by this point, are replaced with blaring electric tones. And this is how the artist represents themselves. The album begins as a good friend, someone who invited you out to dinner with no evident prerequisites. Just because they wanted to get to know you. They’re able to keep that veil on for just long enough, until you finally notice something is wrong. You eventually realize there must have been a reason they did this. This is when the waterworks come.

Trust me, you’re fine. I’m really happy I got to spend this time with you. I just wish there was something I could do. You’re telling me all this information, and I can’t do anything to help. I’m sorry.

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March 28th 2018


Album Rating: 5.0

Yay, my 30th review! This is the goal I set for myself to reach by the end of 2017, but I'm still happy to reach it now.

Also, I know this review could easily be redundant since there's another more elegant, more popular review for this album that gives it a 4.5. But I want to review all my 5s, and of course I can't skip this.

March 28th 2018


Amazing review

Digging: Dinosaur Pile-Up - Celebrity Mansions

March 28th 2018


Indeed, great write up. Sounds like an intriguing listen.

Darius the Great
March 28th 2018


This reminds me that I need to listen to this dude after hearing LSBP

March 28th 2018


I haven't read the popular review but I doubt it's better than yours.
Stellar writing, pos'd.

March 28th 2018


Album Rating: 4.0

I stumbled upon this review after seeing the artist's name and thinking, "Boring Bathtimes: what a stupid name!", and after reading it, I'm convinced that I need to check this out. Excellent review!

Digging: Batushka - HOSPODI

March 29th 2018


Wow, thank you so much! really nice review you totally nailed it.

March 29th 2018


Album Rating: 5.0

I was hoping you would see this.

March 29th 2018


You lost me at boring bathtimes. Good review homeslice

April 2nd 2018


Album Rating: 4.0

I listened to this today to and from work and it's excellent!

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