Charmer
ivy


4.0
excellent

Review

by atrink USER (75 Reviews)
April 17th, 2020 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Really didn’t mean to tell you what you’ve been through

I’m well aware how cliche it is to start a whatever-wave-midwest-emo album review talking about genre cliches, like breaking up after the second album, smoking weed in parents’ basements, lowercase aesthetic, or two singers trading highly specific yet ‘relatable’ lyrics that tug at your heartstrings. And while Upper Peninsula based Charmer has (hopefully) yet to break up after their second album, they do check pretty much every box in the midwest-mathy emo checklist (except this time I think the drums were recorded with more than one microphone, so they’re pretty much posers now).

This time around with ivy, it seems as though Charmer has fully realized their strengths: writing 3 minute sad songs full of interweaving guitar lines and poppy choruses. ‘Dead Plants’ is the first song to follow the cool-riff-intro/verse/chorus/cool-riff/verse/chorus/cool-riffx4-outro song structure on the album, and with great results. Every single time the third guitar comes in during outro riffs (like on the songs ‘Wolf Fang Fist’ ‘VCR 666’ and ‘ Chandelier’) it is truly breathtaking, a testament to the band’s dedication to ensure this album sounds as dense as the lyrical content. Lyrical throwbacks to their first album are littered throughout, a welcome sense of both continuity and progress regarding the issues present on the album’s lyrics.

Occasional hiccups do occur, such as the gratingly poppy ‘Track & Field’ or the inclusion of awkward lyrics from time to time. But they’re part of what gives this album it’s charm; ivy is an at times brutally realistic look inside someone struggling with various mental health issues, and their attempts at crawling back to a sense of normalcy. All cliches aside, ivy is a phenomenal record that proves Charmer is well on its way to becoming a powerhouse in the DIY emo scene.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Snake.
April 17th 2020


25268 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

how many albums this year are we gonna have pam beasley on the cover

atrink
April 17th 2020


2855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First review in like 3 years because teaching from home isn't as cool as listening to Charmer all day.



Haven't stopped listening to Wolf Fang Fist on repeat all day yet.

MarsKid
Emeritus
April 17th 2020


21035 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"... two singers trading trading highly specific..."



Probably remove on of those 'trading' in there.



Nice little piece though. Unfortunately, the music did little for me here.

atrink
April 17th 2020


2855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll just pretend it was a lame joke and not a typo lol





Well that's a bummer, just too formulaic?

Feather
April 17th 2020


10166 Comments


Lol, I am righting my first review in years because I am bored with "WFH". I really have been meaning to check out this album. Maybe later today.

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2020


5480 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

everyone plz listen to basking in the glow by oso oso, it sounds like this but 10x better



wolf fang rules tho ngl

atrink
April 18th 2020


2855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I tried to get into basking in the glow when it came out, but I couldn't



I really love a few of his songs though. Maybe I'll try again.

Minushuman24
May 27th 2020


4994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the most "alright" on the scene



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