Too Close to Touch
I'm Hard to Love, But So Are You, Vol. 1


3.0
good

Review

by scoopitypoop USER (1 Reviews)
February 11th, 2019 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Three track dud or the next step for this band?

Too Close To Touch was one of those bands that I could count on to keep the rock scene alive. (which is hanging on by a thread). They did a good job at evolving or adapting over the years to sound relevant. Even from the start, their first album Nerve Endings turned a lot of heads. Sure, it wasn’t unprecedented, but it’s always delightful to stumble across a loud post hardcore act spilling out some soul. It's a hard pill to swallow to see that this band might have possibly sold out and is currently looking like a pink splat on the side of the curb. But that won’t detour me from giving an honest opinion because I am so open minded (that is not true) but mainly because I’ve been so thirsty to hear some new content ever since their single Burn came out. In case you don’t know, this is a three track EP in which I don’t mind at all (I have a very small attention span).

The album kicks off with Hard To Love. The intro to the track gives a hint that they’re going to continue with the very depressing tunes from Haven’t Been Myself, but after the quick first verse, it swiftly transitions into a happy radio-esque pop chorus. Can’t say that this track isn’t an earworm, if you ever been a fan of this band, then you understand that they are dangerously catchy. The first song definitely raised an eyebrow, but as soon as the chorus came in on track two, I was really on the edge of my seat. Casket is a full-blown pop song sparkled with 80s synth. Maybe I’ve been on sputnik for too long, but something tells me they were inspired and channeled their inner Carly Rae Jepsen and left a lot of emotion on that track. The third and final track is the zenith of their rock ability. The Fear of Letting Go is a song that definitely goes back to the roots, but is ironically the most lackluster track on the album and is nothing more than a B-Side track to their last album.

This little album is interesting to say the least. What I like most is the fact that the underlying tone is still dark like Haven’t Been Myself but is fused with happy bubblegum pop. And to me, it implies that Keaton Pierce (vocals) is in the process of healing, because he let off a lot of steam on the last record. The pop elements are so strong that it is definitely going to be stashed into their arsenal when brainstorming for their third LP. Although I may be a tad upset with the drastic change in sound, there is no way I can morally criticize the band, because the bottom line is that Too Close To Touch is a bunch of talented boys that make good music regardless of the reason why they chose to switch it up, whether it was to target a larger audience or a genuine attempt.


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SteakByrnes
February 11th 2019


14597 Comments


I didn't even know these guys were releasing anything

dfevil085
February 11th 2019


1418 Comments


"Too Close To Touch was one of those bands that I could count on to keep the metal scene alive."
...

Ebola
February 11th 2019


3559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

opening sentence is hilarious, feature this

KenboSlice
February 11th 2019


3056 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yes because TCTT is so fucking metal

AgentDeathbat
February 11th 2019


9797 Comments


What

impoppy
February 11th 2019


2154 Comments


"But that won’t detour me from giving an honest opinion because I am so open minded (that is not true)"

Then why include that?

"And to me, it implies that Keaton Pierce (vocals) is in the process of healing, because he let off a lot of steam on the last record."

Lmao. That's quite a leap.

scoopitypoop
February 11th 2019


91 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I change the first sentence, genre nazis.

scoopitypoop
February 11th 2019


91 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@impoppy



Not really a leap. It's been stated their last album was systematically created to be dark because Keaton lost a loved one. Guess ignorance is bliss.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2019


8941 Comments


Doesn't read like a 3.0 I must say, I'm getting a 4.0 plus from the way you write. Sounds like you take an issue with the pop aspects, but that's never really explained in-depth except that it's a personal bias I suppose? A review tends to be personal to some degree--to write it, you've got to feel SOME kind of connection to the material--so you shouldn't feel the need to hide behind a moral/objective lens.

Objectivity exists to an extent, but there's no problem providing a different perspective. Hope that makes sense.

scoopitypoop
February 12th 2019


91 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I understand what you're saying, but I'm a big fan of pop music, so I really can't criticize this in anyway. I just don't like the fact that all my favorite post hc acts are going full pop. That's all. And to respond the the review sounded like a 4 or above, it's a three track EP. I would feel crazy to rate that above a 3, but maybe that's just rating subjectivity. But overall, the album is pretty dull, but good.

scoopitypoop
February 12th 2019


91 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

And I wanted to keep the review short to match the album. Not much detail I can get into. It's pop. It's all synth and generic maroon 5-esque guitar riffs and dangerously catchy choruses.



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