Movements
No Good Left To Give


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jesper L. CONTRIBUTOR (40 Reviews)
September 17th, 2020 | 244 replies


Release Date: 09/18/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Will you love me...

Three years ago, Movements stunned with Feel Something. The band’s debut album, chock-full of tight performances and rooted in raw, honest realism, seemingly came out of nowhere. Simply put, it mastered the basics of emo and fused this with indie rock and post hardcore to make for a gorgeous record. Guided by Patrick Miranda’s incredible voice and lyrics, the record resonated with tons of listeners around the world and became a massive success. In spite of this, Feel Something seemed to have affected the musicians behind it as much as their listeners, albeit in a very different way. Thrust into the limelight, the anxieties surrounding second albums and ever-growing expectations appeared to overshadow Movements’ ability to truly revel in their newfound prosperity. While this could have easily been No Good Left to Give’s downfall, it ends up being its rather paradoxical saviour. Fueled by anxiety, depression and even more grief than previously, this new album is a darker affair that treads and expands on familiar grounds for the band, while staying true to its unique sense of realism.

Desperate to end this tunnel vision

Rather impressively, Miranda manages to maintain his pristine, honest lyricism while adding layer upon layer throughout No Good Left to Give before occasionally annihilating these altogether. He spends most of the album contemplating life, desperately trying to defy its title’s self loathing and reaching for any sign of light, only to find that this light may not be what it appeared to be. Seeping into the vicious ‘Tunnel Vision’ in the form of disguised ambiguity, after contemplating the scenes of his own funeral, the vocalist exclaims that he is ‘Desperate to end this tunnel vision’. It’s a rather devastating moment early on in the record; making one wonder whether this ‘end’ is a permanent one to all that encompasses the musician, or merely a wish to exit this side of depression. The final moments of the song see the entire band erupting into a chaotic explosion of sound, with some of the most visceral screams Miranda has ever laid down, making for a perfect ending filled with tangible hurt.

In spite of Movements presenting several moments of similar intensity, such as the powerful bridge of ‘Moonlight Lines’, No Good Left to Give feels relatively subdued overall. On the one hand, this positions the record a notch below the band’s debut, where songs could be distinguished by a mere bassline, riff or one-liner. On the other hand, however, the more restrained feeling emitted by the album makes it a highly cohesive affair, affirming the motives of mental illness and feeling persistently insufficient for anyone. It’s a real double edged knife; the blood shed by its cuts both providing the record with strength as well as suppressing its potential to be more than what is showcased. Produced by Will Yip, every instrument sounds exceptionally crisp, while no one particular aspect is stressed at any point.

All I ever cause is pain / Fall in love then fall away

‘12 Weeks’ is the most impressively straightforward summarisation of No Good Left to Give. Miranda, no stranger to blatantly honest lyricism, sheds any trace of disguising or hiding his feelings behind extensive metaphors and instead opts for a seeming stream-of-consciousness approach. Passionately exclaiming ‘My hands are shaking / I f*cking hate this’, the incredibly bare and bleak lyrics are performed and positioned with such care that its potential shortcomings of simplicity are immediately foregone. It’s a song (and album) about not feeling worthy of anyone; it’s a song about sheer self hatred. It’s not pretty, but it’s so goddamn raw and relatable. Hell, it’s not even particularly clever; it’s simply so unfiltered, so personal, that it is hard to deny the band’s ability to resonate.

No Good Left to Give is a bleak listen. Like a seemingly endless frost, there is a gloomy beauty to the record, even if experiencing, or more importantly, relating to it, isn’t entirely enjoyable. Towards the end of the album, its consistently depressing nature can get somewhat exhausting; something which, yet again, manifests its thematic strengths as well as decreases its accessibility. When light can be perceived on ‘Moonlight Lines’, it ends up echoing through hollow walls. When ‘Santiago Peak’ threatens to take a turn for the positive, it instead opts for a quiet, wordless bridge. Feel Something’s final moments found Miranda hoping for change, in spite of his persistent sadness. Here, the band’s second album concludes with the vocalist stating: ‘And now I’m cold and stiff’, with no hope in sight whatsoever. Annihilating any inkling of hope Movements may have transmitted, for better or for worse, it’s a fitting ending.

Will I ever have enough to give?

While No Good Left to Give is not a significant step down from the band’s previous output, it is a deceptively challenging listen. Yet, while drenched in depression and powerlessness, Movements’ musicianship remains undeniably excellent. Explore this album with caution; its indie rock facade hardly disguises the sheer intensity of Miranda’s lyricism. However, as challenging as it can be, basking in the band’s absence of light is an oddly gratifying experience. If anything, Miranda’s desperation displays the necessity of hope. I sincerely wish for this hope to resurface for him in the near future, and anyone else lacking it in this moment. Until then, No Good Left to Give serves as a reminder that beautiful art can come from unrestrained hurt.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2020


1582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really wanted to write this one up since i wrote my first ever not-bad review for feel something three years ago

hope i did it justice. album's good, album's exhausting, i'm going to get some sleep

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outliers
September 17th 2020


1712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dang it you beat me to this



Excellent review though, looking forward to diving into this tomorrow

Slex
September 18th 2020


10405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I enjoyed this album but thought the first half was a lot better than the 2nd, but that was only my first listen so who knows

Digging: Gulfer - Gulfer

JayEnder
September 18th 2020


8414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn. This album really hit me where it hurts... Pat, please let me give you a hug.



Beyond the bleak lyricism, the musicianship here is spectacular. While much more subdued than Feel Something, Pat's voice sounds incredibly inspired, and the rest of the boys follow suit. A proper step for a band with infinite potential. Early favorites are In My Blood, Garden Eyes, and Moonlight Lines.



Very nice review too Jesper. You mirror many of my thoughts on this record. :]

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joshieboy
September 18th 2020


7786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a fucking excellent review friend pos'd. I haven't listened yet, waiting to get home to jam it tonight a few times. So keen.

Digging: Movements - No Good Left To Give

Ray91
September 18th 2020


780 Comments


On first listen, I think I like their debut more. The more laid back approach works for their sound in general but I remember the debut to be more dynamic somehow

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Abe501st
September 18th 2020


1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Great Review! While NGLTG didn't hit all the dots for me, I believe their next LP is going to be DANGEROUSLY amazing.

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2020


1582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for the kind words guys :]

my current favs are tunnel vision, 12 weeks and moonlight lines.. i feel like we all need a collective group hug after listening to this lol

outliers
September 18th 2020


1712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this was honestly a letdown for me on first listen. echoing what Slex said, the album loses a lot of steam with Santiago Peak and Seneca, then doesn't close particularly strong. also really irks me when bands put 3 singles in consecutive order on the full release



Tunnel Vision is def the best off this, and i really enjoy teh chorus to Living Apology

Lefondre
September 18th 2020


179 Comments


Keen to check this.

SowingSeason
Moderator
September 18th 2020


36061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Had no idea about this band. Thanks for reviewing this, checking it out now.

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SaveBandit
September 18th 2020


1373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Currently on my first listen and I'm loving it so far. The guitar tone on Garden Eyes and 12 Weeks is beautiful. Almost has a dreamy kinda vibe to it. I've gotta run through it a few times before I put a rating on it, but I'm really happy with it so far.



Also, really nice review Jesper!

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SowingSeason
Moderator
September 18th 2020


36061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man, Moonlight Lines really brings the La Dispute vibes. Love it.

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2020


1582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks bandit!

glad you're enjoying this sowing, also definitely check feel something as it's a tad better than this

SowingSeason
Moderator
September 18th 2020


36061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Garden Eyes and Moonlight Lines are my early favorites. This is an excellent album so I'm excited to check out Feel Something once I've given this its due.

SaveBandit
September 18th 2020


1373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think Feel Something is a step above this, just because I prefer that more raw, heavy-hitting emotional sound. But that's not to take away from this at all. I really like this overall sound and progression from them.

SowingSeason
Moderator
September 18th 2020


36061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I usually gravitate towards raw and emotional, so this thread has already sold me on Feel Something.

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2020


1582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah essentially feel something has higher highs and lower lows, this is more consistently great. but man nothing tops full circle or deadly dull, those two tracks especially floor me every single time

SaveBandit
September 18th 2020


1373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

For real. Just an unbelievable debut album that would have been very difficult to top. They did their best here though, I really dig this so far. I'm leaning towards a 4 but after a few more spins I could see it going up to a 4.5.

joshieboy
September 18th 2020


7786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really love this. This band putting out solid gold is no surprise. I can't be disappointed in it at all even though it's not as good as Feel Something but that album has a tremendous amount of meaning to me. Who knows, this one might get there some day.



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