Turnover
Altogether


2.5
average

Review

by Kyle Robinson USER (69 Reviews)
May 30th, 2020 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hi-fi hipster muzak to relax/study to while wearing a bucket hat.

It’s a testament to Peripheral Vision’s strengths that the album blew my socks off when I heard it, even though I’m way too old for its target demographic of “moody middle-America teenager.” It displayed the power of a band driven by a singular mood (in this case, wistful angst) and how that mood can be harnessed to cohesive effect in making a great album.

The flip side is that subsequent work revealed the wobbly foundations that Turnover concealed on Peripheral Vision. Good Nature was the sound of a band that had gotten fat and happy. While it’s certainly unbecoming to draw upon teenage angst well into your twenties (and beyond), the lackadaisical hackey-sack vibe of Good Nature was the disappointing sound of a band deprived of its emotional libido.

These trends continue on Altogether, where Turnover laudably try to chart a new direction by drawing in influences from new wave and even R&B. Unfortunately, the resulting album sounds like elevator music for hipsters. (For an example of an indie rock album that successfully incorporated R&B and soul influences, we suggest you try Wild Nothing’s Life Of Pause instead.) It’s agonizing to hear a band that was so earnest just two albums ago sound so detached and disinterested in their own music, especially when they have it in them to do so much better than this.

That’s not to say that the record is without any redeeming value. “Plant Sugar” is the best track on the album, with some tight, bouncy guitar leads rattling around a song that throbs with the energy lacking elsewhere. And on “Still In Motion,” if you can endure a prologue that’s the aural equivalent of Austin Getz sitting on a giant beanbag smoking a joint, the song develops into something worthwhile, which captures some of the trappings of Peripheral Vision, if not exactly the soul of it.

“Much After Feeling” is the sound of a band that’s dying to create a hit song, and it’s not a bad attempt at something resembling new wave, with some strong melodies and chorus reminiscent of Good Nature’s few highlights. It’s enough to get you excited for the rest of the album, but unfortunately there’s little worthwhile until “Plant Sugar” toward the album’s end.

“Parties” has some of the worst lyrics Turnover has produced, despite being almost musically interesting. “Number On The Gate” has a bit of the bouncy energy of recent Wild Nothing, but it’s not really enough to elevate the album’s midsection, in which various tidbits of jazzy smoothness, neon soul, and other influences float ephemerally across uninteresting songs by a band that sounds tired of itself. The bland chorus of “Valley Of The Moon” exemplifies this, sounding like it could the theme for a small-batch winery run by Captured Tracks employees in their off hours. When catchy, memorable hooks emerge, like in parts of “No Reply,” it’s a mostly a sad reminder of how Turnover effortlessly crafted this kind of music just five years ago.

What Altogether makes painfully evident is that throwing a few disparate genre influences into a blender is not sufficient to propel a band that doesn’t sound like it cares anymore. If Turnover could get themselves feeling sad, angry, or some other emotion more intense than "chilling out," it would be a tremendous improvement over the neon-soaked haze of indifference pervading their work for the last three years. For now, you’re advised to add a few album highlights to your playlist of choice, and discard the rest.



Recent reviews by this author
The Pillows Kool SpiceFor Tracy Hyde New Young City
Gleemer Down ThroughAnamanaguchi [USA]
As Cities Burn Scream Through The WallsMy Epic Violence
user ratings (164)
3
good

Comments:Add a Comment 
TooLateToGoBack
May 30th 2020


2039 Comments


This band really fell off after Peripheral Vision huh

Scoot
May 30th 2020


20365 Comments


i have no idea how they managed to make such a compelling album and then followed it up with the most vanilla music possible

Digging: Growth (AUS) - The Smothering Arms Of Mercy

Cormano
May 30th 2020


2488 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you can say whatever you want about this but I wont stand any Good Nature slander



neg

bloc
May 30th 2020


64367 Comments


Muzak is right, this was a huge snore. And fuckin turtle man on the album cover doesn't help

AxeToFall93
May 30th 2020


258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, this was a big letdown (I really like Good Nature), especially after the album starts with "Still In Motion" & "Much After Feeling", both beautiful and two of the best post PV songs.

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
May 30th 2020


2184 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hey this finally has a review



album sucks but sending me right back is pretty sweet, agreed on parties' lyrics being the worst fuckin thing ever

Digging: Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou - The Helm Of Sorrow

YoYoMancuso
May 30th 2020


13436 Comments


george washington didn't give up on the revolutionary war

Digging: Domestic Terminal - I Could See Midnight Sky

Conmaniac
May 30th 2020


26140 Comments


Summary is yep.

Green Baron
May 31st 2020


25137 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I’ve given up on this band

JayEnder
May 31st 2020


8935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"turtle man"



lmao



cool review. album is excruciatingly safe. love still in motion tho

Digging: Citizen - As You Please

bloc
May 31st 2020


64367 Comments


Seriously, I can't unsee it

JayEnder
May 31st 2020


8935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The fact he's so damn wide adds credibility that he is indeed, a turtle.

Slex
May 31st 2020


10923 Comments


I really hate this band lol

Digging: Seiko Oomori - Kintsugi

Aberf
May 31st 2020


3560 Comments


Loved Peripheral Vision. But then they had to release an awful album such as Good nature, so I wouldn't probably check this.

ZombieToyDuck
May 31st 2020


7203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum from most people, found a lot of this enjoyable. The jazz influence paired with these mellow grooves and melodies provide to me a matured sound. I could see the elevator music argument too I suppose, but the melodies and grooves gelled with me and I found them enticing.

ZombieToyDuck
May 31st 2020


7203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thought this was a lot better than good nature personally though

JWT155
May 31st 2020


14698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Eh I appreciate their direction on here, but they went in the oppsite direction of everything I found enticing from Peripheral Vision.



Peripheral Vision had an angstry alt rock sound that I felt was missing in the Indie scene and they weere tapping into it. Nlow, they've morphed into one of hundreds of indie rock bands like Real Estate where their mellowed out music just doesn't do it for me.

ZombieToyDuck
May 31st 2020


7203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wouldn't say its the opposite, good nature was definitely the opposite. If anything I think this goes back in the direction that Peripheral Vision went except with a more R&B/jazz twist. I just think it fits their vibe well and the bass grooves fit in the folds better here than they did on PV. The problem here is they lacked the consistency they had on PV.

instantradical
May 31st 2020


335 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think the stylistic ideas on this album are actually really intriguing and a good direction for the band to go. The problem is the execution. Most of the actual songs are painfully boring and don't do anything interesting with it, and the total lack of enthusiasm from the band just hurts it even more.

butt.
May 31st 2020


8190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

God damn someone finally made a review?

Always felt this got unnecessarily shat on btw. The opener and closer could have come straight from PV. Valley of the Moon is cool too



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2019 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy