New Years Day
Unbreakable


3.0
good

Review

by industry plant USER (27 Reviews)
April 27th, 2019 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Irony in the form of breaking their identity

New Years Day have never been the most beloved of so-called "scenecore" bands, with their infatuation with radio rock being a turn-off for plenty of people. Despite the promise that their debut album My Dear showed to many, they just couldn't seem to even come close to actually tapping into the potential on their following albums. To put it bluntly, Unbreakable doesn't tap into the potential either. But is it a bad record by any means? Despite the flaws, it's not.

Ash Costello's vocals are one of the strong points as always; when she isn't being drenched in unnecessary bitcrushing, she actually pulls off some top-notch performances. Unfortunately, the instrumentalists haven't improved one bit, and they actually seem to have taken a downgrade: guitarists Austin Ingerman and Nikki Misery have developed a bizarre fascination with trying to put their own spin Get Scared's guitar work, right down to the sound of their guitars sounding almost exactly like the guitars present on the Get Scared's Demons; this doesn't really work out and honestly makes it feel like they're ripping Get Scared off. The bass and drums have been watered down to the typical radio-friendly instrumental work; in other words, they've fallen into blandness. Costello's lyricism hasn't changed a bit; she's still the same wannabe goth, but she actually cranks out some decent—and occassionally even clever (see stand-out tracks "Skeletons" and "Poltergeist")—lyrics throughout the album. Musically, the biggest issue with Unbreakable is New Years Day chucking the tiny amounts of uniqueness they had away in favor of sounding like every other radio rock band (and in some cases, non-radio rock bands).

The production on Unbreakable is what contains the bulk of the album's problems; the producer has a VERY annoying obsession with bitcrushing, which honestly hurts vocals more than helps on every occassion (see Buckcherry's "Warpaint"); this extends into bitcrushing the screams as well, and it obviously sounds like The Chainsmokers trying to take a shot at making an avant-garde metal masterpiece. As is typical of modern rock, the bass tends to be drowned out by every other instrument, which is a trope that should have been dead the moment it arrived. In short, the stand-out moments on Unbreakable are when the production is actually focused, which is typically when the band embraces their roots and forgoes trying to be the next big female-led radio rock band.

Unbreakable is absolutely not a great album by any means; but it's definitely not a bad one. It absolutely won't get any hold-outs on board and it actually might even alienate part of the fanbase as well. New Years Day need to tread very carefully in the future; they can either patch the holes that bog down this album or they can let more holes open and sink themselves into the bottom of radio hell. But until Ash Costello picks her poison, Unbreakable is a fun, satisfactory listen from the New Years Day camp, but if you're not into this kind of music to begin with, you're gonna have a bad time.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
WeepinnWillow
April 26th 2019


606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Album stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/6kBL1aDG9vrc4pFhgcqMSJ



Constructive criticism appreciated.

Digging: From First to Last - From First to Last

Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 26th 2019


43055 Comments


Whyy

WeepinnWillow
April 26th 2019


606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Because I felt like it

AgentDeathbat
April 26th 2019


9884 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@Pots: She does what she wants :-P

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2019


3302 Comments


Seeing as you claim this album is good despite its flaws, you need to put a lot more emphasis on its strengths than you have here. Almost all of your criticisms are negative, which raises an eyebrow when I read "Unbreakable is absolutely not a great album by any means; but it's definitely not a bad one". Given what I've read prior, I have almost no idea as to why that wouldn't be the case.

WeepinnWillow
April 26th 2019


606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

@Jac thanks fam, will take into account

Shamus248
April 26th 2019


435 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this will go down as an unpleasant blip on the radar. Back to The Dead Days i go.

Digging: Get Scared - The Dead Days

WeepinnWillow
April 26th 2019


606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

fuck yeah The Dead Days

TheMightyScoop
April 27th 2019


1310 Comments


I cant believe I forced myself to listen to this. this is atrocious

WeepinnWillow
April 27th 2019


606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Unfortunate that the response is this negative imo, other than the piss-poor production failures this is a solid album

DreamAgain
April 28th 2019


930 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

They have no talent. That's kind of the problem.



btw come for me is one of the most obnoxious songs ever written.

AgentDeathbat
April 28th 2019


9884 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@Dream: And yet in my eyes, despite it being the bastard lovechild of In This Moment's "Blood" and "Big Bad Wolf", it somehow manages to be a highlight here. jesus, what the fuck happened to this band.



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