Citizen
Life In Your Glass World


3.5
great

Review

by Jesper L. CONTRIBUTOR (62 Reviews)
March 26th, 2021 | 104 replies


Release Date: 03/26/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fun with Citizen!

Hello and welcome to the Run For Cover Records edition of “Where Are They Now?”! Let’s check in with all our favourite popindiegrungegazepunk bands from approximately seven years and nine months ago. Oh, hmm. It seems like Pity Sex, Superheaven and Modern Baseball have broken up and Turnover is sat somewhere in a corner trying to be as boring as humanly possible. Basement and Tigers Jaw appear to have disappeared to the hell fires of big boi labels while miraculously still releasing good music, and, oh god, has anyone put up missing posters for Title Fight yet?

Right, where are Citizen at? Ah, they just released their fourth album Life in Your Glass World, and it seems like they are somewhere… in the middle of it all. Released four years after the wonderfully introspective As You Please, the band see fit to up the fun and embrace an array of new elements to craft a rather bumpy thrill ride.

Throughout Citizen’s discography, the band’s best songs have always been ones propelled by raw emotion rather than extraordinary songwriting: look no further than ‘The Night I Drove Alone’s iconic climax or the controlled chaos of ‘Fever Days’. This makes Life in Your Glass World a bit of a mixed bag: passionate yells have been replaced with quirky synth lines, angsty atmospheres have cleared a path for an abundance of funky rhythms. Yet, it’s hard to actively dislike anything on the album, as it’s the most palpably fun collection of songs the band have ever put out. Down a guitarist and drummer, Citizen appear to feel oddly reinvigorated by the loss, making up for a newfound lack of sonic depth with more than enough irresistible catchiness.

‘Death Dance Approximately’ is an excellent opener, introducing the album with a bass line thiccer than vocalist Mat Kerekes’ biceps. Its chorus is one of the most infectious moments on Life in Your Glass World, boiling over with energy and efficiently setting the stage. As such, it’s a shame that lead single ‘I Want to Kill You’ follows, presenting an approximate carbon-copy of ‘Death Dance Approximately’s haphazardly catchy chorus, yielding less effective results. Elsewhere, ‘Call Your Bluff’ and ‘Pedestal’ come closest to sounding like classic Citizen cuts, with grungy textures bursting into towering choruses. However, the songs are distinctly Life… tracks, as bright guitars add snappy rhythms and subtle synths overlay the delightfully heavy bass. On the one hand, these additions feel unnecessary: especially ‘Pedestal’ could have been an As You Please highlight if it hadn’t been for its quirks, however, these unpredictable peculiarities can be said to be key to defining and setting the record apart.

‘Fight Beat’ serves as the ultimate example of this as Kerekes semi-mumbles over a simple, effective bass line throughout the track. Distorted drums and electronic quips drift in and out, resulting in a gracefully abrasive climax that finishes abruptly as the distinctly audible lyrics “cut off your big fat head” leave you wondering what the hell you just listened to. Does it really matter when the song has more than succeeded at inducing a feet-tapping frenzy? ‘Blue Sunday’ follows a similar pattern, employing odd vocal patterns and synths that feel completely out of place, yet end up being the primary memorable element of the track. It’s easy to point out why such inclusions are mostly unnecessary, but why mock what can only be described as the band clearly having a good time and creating some pleasant, highly listenable music in the process?

Thankfully, the one-two punch consisting of ‘Black and Red’ and ‘Glass World’ prove that the concepts of ‘classic Citizen’ and ‘fun’ are not mutually exclusive. The two tracks manage to expertly fuse the band’s newfound quirkiness with the vigor and passion of previous outings. Tapping into Kerekes’ seamlessly bottomless stockpile of irresistible choruses, the former employs its charmingly plastic electronics into an intense web of grungy sounds. ‘Glass World’ serves as the more introverted cut, wholly contemplative yet more restless and energetic than your average Citizen ballad. When Life in Your Glass World successfully interweaves its unique aspects, it’s truly exceptional. Sadly, such brilliant entanglements are largely reserved for its back half.

Ultimately, Life in Your Glass World is a good album with lots of questionable elements. Yet, after three albums of grainy earnestness, it’s hard to fault Citizen for letting loose and having as much fun as possible while staying true to themselves. Embracing the head-bobbingly iffy lows makes the journey towards some of the band’s best songs yet more than worth it. Oh, and please don’t let Fueled by Ramen know.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2021


2789 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tried to be as quirky as this album lol enjoy

checc here: https://citizenmi.bandcamp.com/album/life-in-your-glass-world

Digging: half/cut - Salt an Atlas

Pikazilla
March 26th 2021


15478 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Nice review, I like your style

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 26th 2021


37098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice. I still need to hear this but based on the singles this review seems like it'll end up being spot on.

Digging: Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks Of God

butt.
March 26th 2021


8669 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Half way through it right now, it’s decent but at this point would probably rank last in their discog for me. I’ve loved every Ciz album up to this point so this album could be a solid 3.5 and still be my least fav lol

outliers
March 26th 2021


2152 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sweet review Jesper! hated all the singles but will reluctantly give this a spin



feels like this is the last of my favorite emo indie alt-rock shoegaze bands of the 2010s to break up or change sounds, big RIP

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2021


2789 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks guys! good to see you have this 1'd already pika lol

curious to see where the avg for this will end up, maybe around a 3.3?

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2021


7447 Comments


i always feel gud when reading a Jesp rev, this one was no exception

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cold
March 26th 2021


6008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fucking pika

Digging: Citizen - Life In Your Glass World

butt.
March 26th 2021


8669 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I’m feeling it will land 3.3

Honestly EIGTH is so much better than this, still can’t believe how low that avg is

cold
March 26th 2021


6008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Turnover is sat somewhere in a corner trying to be as boring as humanly possible."



you sumbitch

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2021


2789 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

aw luv u dedex

hehe sorry cold

YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2021


13785 Comments


I’m a big fan of “Youth” so I’ll have to give this one a try. Good review my friend!

Digging: My Bloody Valentine - m b v

SaveBandit
March 26th 2021


1842 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fun read, Jesper! Nice job man. Definitely going to find some time for this today.

Digging: ERRA - ERRA

SlothcoreSam
March 26th 2021


3032 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review Jespeee!

Album is good, but if you want a really fantastic pop punk album that was released today check.

Kali Masi - Laughs

Digging: Francis of Delirium - Wading

ieatbabies795
March 26th 2021


795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fun read, Jesper! [x2]

I really liked the singles so i think ill be in for a treat with this album

Digging: KANGA - You And I Will Never Die

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2021


2789 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks dudes!

kali masi is next on my (fuckin huge) list of new releases to check, hype

JayEnder
March 26th 2021


9567 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fun review for a fun album, you never miss Jesp! :]



Honestly I was gonna write this one off as a hard meh, but then Glass World came on and blew my mind because of how much I loved it. Definitely the most "Citizen" sounding song here. Album is a huge grower, coming around to a lot of these songs especially Death Dance and Call Your Bluff.



Still hate Blue Sunday tho lol

Pikazilla
March 26th 2021


15478 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"Turnover is sat somewhere in a corner trying to be as boring as humanly possible"



why are you always so right

JayEnder
March 26th 2021


9567 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why are you always so wrong and 1'ing albums that don't deserve it?

SaveBandit
March 26th 2021


1842 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Turnover is sat somewhere in a corner trying to be as boring as humanly possible."







you sumbitch [2]



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