Dance Gavin Dance
Jackpot Juicer


1.5
very poor

Review

by don't ask me, I don't know any hallways STAFF
July 29th, 2022 | 533 replies


Release Date: 07/29/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In spite of popular backlash as of late...

...Dance Gavin Dance's new album is the sound of a bandright, pleasantries over: if you still have the patience to indulge this bullshit, that's your choice of hobby and criticism, constructive or otherwise, has absolutely no business tailoring itself to your consumption. Jackpot Juicer, the band's final record featuring the tragically deceased Tim Feerick and (one can hope) the disgraced Tilian Pearson, is less a classic case of flop and more a cliché of a cliché of a cliché to the point that anyone still seated in the fan seats must surely feel a little uncanny about the at once microscopically precise and hypergeneral degree to which their tastes are being pandered to. Stale as anything you will hear this year or any, there is but one extraordinary facet to this album: Pearson, whose long-exhausted dapper fuckboy act had lost its lustre even before he was exposed as a molester (see "Back On Deck" and "Polka Dot Dobbins" for two particular dead-on-arrivals), somehow comes out of things minutely better than the atrophied songwriting and copy-paste guitar schtick proffered by chief Gavin / head dancer Will Swan. The man's once distinctive combinations of twee pentatonics, catchy funk and emotive dissonance are at this point so rote that I struggle to pin down a single song-defining non-interchangeable riff or motif on this album of riffs and motifs. We can scrabble for silver linings all day long, and while, yes, it is good to hear Jon Mess clawing back a little personality from his speedialed meme-scream act (and kudos to the contributions of backup boy Andrew Wells), the material Swan is offering his spokespeople at this point is borderline proactive in its thinness. If you believe the statistics (please do), Jackpot Juicer is Dance Gavin Dance's longest record to date, a feat that speaks less to the inspirations of the band's creative process and much, much more to the sheer regurgitative banality of their formula. *examines review notes* add some shit about Tilian's overbearingly intense vocal inflections. Y'all know that. But if it ain't broke then for the love of God can somebody fucking break it.




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other reviews of this album
MrToothbrush (4)
Jackpot hit. Juice squeezed. Ears happy....

Manatea (2)
Hamsterwheelcore...

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Instant Stagnation...

pizzamachine (1)
Please don’t dance, the music is bad enough without a terrible attempt at dancing....



Comments:Add a Comment 
JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
July 29th 2022


49294 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

am extremely short on time this week/month but yikes, something tells me this album wouldn't benefit from it regardless

Mort.
July 29th 2022


19641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

the review is good, and i agree

vult
July 29th 2022


975 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Not enough time for anger, I see

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2022


15292 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

This is a grower Johnny, give it at least 10 more spins.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2022


49294 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

zero time for rage = zero time for patience

and idk how much patience your card carrying DGD can is required to have atm, but i ain't got it

Mort.
July 30th 2022


19641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

grows my displeasure

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2022


49294 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

cannot wait to watch this grow into a 2.5 hardcap

TheSpirit
July 30th 2022


29983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I have a feeling my rating of this will flip flop a lot until I listen to it enough, but getting through the last like…. third of this is so hard lol

Sowing
Moderator
July 30th 2022


41803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This is just another DGD album. It's aight.

Colton
July 30th 2022


16156 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

after everything, you go and do this smh

YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2022


16937 Comments


Last sentence was wonderful

pizzamachine
July 30th 2022


17981 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Maroon 5 post-weakpoprockcore amirite

SpideryMan
July 30th 2022


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This website is kinda full of pretentious snobs nowadays.

Mort.
July 30th 2022


19641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah its never been better

vult
July 30th 2022


975 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I’d raise the instrumental of this to like a 3.0 - Tim and Matt did a great job.

Cormano
July 30th 2022


3610 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

johnny why havent you jammed dbm2 yet¿¿

JayEnder
July 30th 2022


15261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"This website is kinda full of pretentious snobs nowadays."



always has been



TheSpirit
July 30th 2022


29983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Is it though lol

Purpl3Spartan
July 30th 2022


4479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice rev

0range
July 30th 2022


8 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

this review is really good. Idk, i listened to probably 2/3s of this today on the way and way back from work and didn't hate it. but i'm not really familiar with their whole discography, and some of it does feel manufactured to a point where you are getting the same ideas remixed.



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