Microwave
Stovall


3.5
great

Review

by stasar USER (13 Reviews)
January 30th, 2019 | 7 replies


Release Date: 08/23/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: maybe I did something righ-igh-igh-ight

Stovall is ugly. The guitars crunch like the world on fire. The vocals growl their way through the ends of sentences. The lyrics hurt like biting fingernails. Some tracks slow to a halt to sigh in their own gloom, before bursting the harmonies to screams.

No song is uglier than Something Right. The narrative follows a man and a car crash—which alone sounds grotesque—but it swerves into another lane. He meets a lovely woman while exchanging insurance. “And even though my insurance is now too high to pay-ay, I got your number, and I'm calling you on Friday. Can't help but think that after all the things that I've done wrong, maybe I did something right. Something right, maybe I did something righ-igh-igh-ight,” he breathes out, no self-awareness. Of course, his lover brutally dumps him. And the story could end there. Except the song breaks to a bridge, and he receives the news that he knocked her up, forcing them back together. “I should've gone to college and got some type of degree cause now I got a second job, and I work like 60 hours a week. And even though all we ever do is fight, I could feel a kicking in your stomach last night. Can't help but think that after all the things that I've done wrong, maybe I did something right.” It’s everything Manchester Orchestra tried to portray about fatherhood across multiple albums wrapped up into a single tune. For a mere three minutes and twenty-two seconds, the guitars relax, and Something Right dominates my mind.

Intimate details give Hardy’s words weight: his girlfriend’s nails on his front door, purple post-it notes covered in inspirational quotes, a concealed smile at the car crash site, passing out on the floor. “There was mud on top your favorite shoes. A few more steps, and you'd have made it to your bed, but sometimes a few more steps is hard,” he notes in the title track, before pausing, as if he took the time to shrug in studio. And riffs erupt from dissonant silence.

But don’t sleep on his performance, either. At the end of Work It Out, he delivers some of the best screams I’ve heard in the last year. The title track similarly features a tremendous rendition. In the same sentence, he shifts from shouts to melodies to screams and back again.

Stovall is ugly and packed with gratuitous details and, honestly, not much more than pissed-off ramblings. But it’s genuine, heartfelt, and original—worth checking out, for sure.



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Feather
January 30th 2019


5088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Finally a review for one of my favorite bands! Not totally sure you interpreted it right that he met his girl exchanging insurance, but thats an interesting take.



I have seen these guys live at least 4 times and can confirm they absolutely rock. We will be seeing a new album from them this year.

stasar
January 31st 2019


49 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not sure what else you do with the person after crashing your car! And he mentions it spikes his rates.



I should mention I don't really like Microwave's other work, but I'll listen to their new album this year nonetheless.

TheCharmingMan
January 31st 2019


519 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Coulda talked about more songs on it lol. i cried at work listening to The Last

Feather
January 31st 2019


5088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Stasar Dude what??? Everything they have released has gotten progressively better! Give Much Love another spin.



Shit.. you were right in how you interpretted that damn song, just listened to it again. Not sure how I never caught that.

stasar
February 1st 2019


49 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I talked about the tracks I liked most..I think everyone leaves this album with varying feelings



Maybe microwave produces a bunch of growers? I might return to this album in a few months and like it more—who even knows

Feather
February 1st 2019


5088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just listen to Much Love and the new singles. They are incredible

outliers
February 1st 2019


463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The T/t on this is a gotdam classic



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