Retirement Party
Somewhat Literate


4.0
excellent

Review

by chris. USER (47 Reviews)
July 9th, 2018 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I think cancer's gonna kill me, 'cause I got a real bad sunburn when I was 13.

“Retirement Party spent 34 minutes of my time letting every single stray thought or worry that pops into their head out into my headphones. Wait, that looks kinda negative putting it like that. I don’t mean-- I don’t want to come across as having that time wasted. But I can’t figure out any better way to describe it, that’s the album, that’s what it is. I don’t know. I guess it’s a hopeless endeavour to get you excited by describing it by what it is. Maybe I should close the tab and try again later…”

The whole exchange in the previous paragraph is my best attempt at encapsulating the nervous energy behind the lyricism and performance of Somewhat Literate. I really do mean nervous energy in a good way, though. Backed by some giant hooks on a foundation of punk beats and emo influence, Retirement Party dumps all of their shortcomings and fears in just such an endearing way. Authenticity oozes out of every catchy guitar hook and chorus that features lead vocalist Avery Springer’s distinctive vocal style and lyrics that focus on the minute details of day-to-day life. This album slipped past my radar by a couple months, but giving it a few spins now has been a blast. With a sound on par with other great bands like Worlds Greatest Dad and Charmer, Retirement Party can safely be called another torch-bearer for the newish emo/punk sound that’s been making waves over the past 2 years or so.



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McTime50
July 10th 2018


655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hi, since writing this the average went up .2 points, thanks guys. this band is pretty cool, so if you're reading this right now and STILL haven't checked them out yet, go do that.



thanks for the pos also.

JigglyPDiddy
July 10th 2018


3344 Comments


Is this a suburban blues/pop punk ordeal?

Digging: Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

McTime50
July 10th 2018


655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no not really

Drubbi
July 11th 2018


290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album makes me want to rev my dad's toyota pickup while wearing nail polish

McTime50
July 11th 2018


655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that's good, right?

AdolfChrist
October 23rd 2018


18455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the instrumentation is definitely better than most bands of this ilk. singer sounds like Velma from the live action movies though.

Digging: Mike Pace and the Child Actors - Smooth Sailing

AdolfChrist
October 23rd 2018


18455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn, i kind of love this. might get a 4.5 eventually.

DadEsquire
November 21st 2018


55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

strong contender for AOTY for me

Atari
Staff Reviewer
December 13th 2018


23933 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is awesome

McTime50
December 13th 2018


655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album slaps.



its not something that would make many aoty lists tho. still really good.



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