Dance Gavin Dance
Jackpot Juicer


2.0
poor

Review

by Mike Kaplan STAFF
July 30th, 2022 | 3689 replies


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hamsterwheelcore

Since the release of Mothership, Dance Gavin Dance has been operating within a certain comfort zone. Metaphorically, it’s like Michael Bay using explosions and excessive lens flares, or Aaron Rodgers repeatedly winning NFL MVP awards, but seemingly being unable to make it to another Super Bowl. No matter how predictable (as in Bay) or reliable (as in Rodgers) they may be, they are comfortable in a certain sphere of activity, and so sell themselves short. Jackpot Juicer is no different, and now that the novelty has worn off, it has become evident that Dance Gavin Dance are stuck in a hamster wheel, running as fast as they can and getting nowhere.

This record should be great. On paper, it is great. All of the ingredients are there! I mean the production is good, the vocal performances are good, I still love Matt Mingus, Tim Feerick (RIP) is as funky as ever, and Will Swan still knows his way around a guitar. Yep, totally should be great, right? Except it isn’t.

It’s not exactly offensive to the ears. I’d even be willing to say it’s acceptable, if it weren’t for the fact that it’s so lazy. Sure, maybe the fan base didn't want DGD to change anything, and hell, I'd be perfectly fine with another album of the same quality as Happiness or Mothership or like anything written by the band before 2016. But it seems like their current template has precluded the need for any innovation or effort. Apologists are going to buy it and listen to it and say it's the greatest thing ever written, right? So why bother? Why bother trying? Maybe I’m being a bit unfair, they truthfully are exceptional musicians, but it does beg the question: Why am I investing my energy (not to mention my money) into liking it if they are not investing their energy into making it good?

The reality is that there are many bands that have specific formulas or templates, but there’s an art to making them stay fresh or relevant. DGD’s once original approach to post-hardcore has become so stagnant, however, that their apparent solution is to increase quantity, not quality; more breakdowns, more jazzy segments, more guitar noodling, more… Tilian, oh, and more songs too. All of it results in an album that is bloated beyond likability.

What makes it even more frustrating is the fact that there are some legitimately good moments sprinkled throughout the record, as if DGD are trying to break out of the prison they have locked themselves in. Unfortunately those brief redeeming segments are swallowed by the absurdly long runtime, which by around track eleven killed any hope that I would have enjoyed this. For all the tight arrangements, slick guitar riffs, and frenetic drumming, it's devoid of almost anything substantial. It's time to face reality: The soul of Dance Gavin Dance is gone and all that’s left is a group of automatons writing music that sounds pretty, but is totally meaningless.

It’s slightly upsetting to have such a caustic outlook on a band I used to admire so much, but painting feces gold never did anything for anyone, and I refuse to do so here. Considering the circumstances surrounding DGD at this time, Will Swan probably needs to do some soul-searching. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s time for Gavin to get off the dance floor. I don’t know. All I know is that if you’re planning to listen to this, have some Pepto-Bismol handy.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Manatea
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2022


1972 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I know I'm going to get hate for this, but it has to be said.

Relinquished
July 30th 2022


48822 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hey Swan



are you lost in the songwriting woods?

dswhite85
July 30th 2022


49 Comments


Worst DGD record ever. review is spot on. Band needs to re-invent itself or remain in the tar pit of predictability

Manatea
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2022


1972 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yes he is. Very lost.



And dswhite I can’t tell if you’re joking or not considering you gave the album a 4.5…

OverSlyZed91
July 30th 2022


352 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

How could anyone stand Tilian's voice for more than 3 minutes?

hobblepot
July 30th 2022


2947 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Agree with everything you said, well said too. Pos’d

Manatea
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2022


1972 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks hobblepot.

And hey look! I got my first neg. I’m a true member of the Sputnik community now.

pizzamachine
July 30th 2022


27395 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

“all that’s left is a group of automatons writing music that sounds pretty, but is totally meaningless.”



This was good

MarsKid
Emeritus
July 30th 2022


21035 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Friendly reminder that Matthew Stafford has as many Superbowl rings and NFC Championship wins as Aaron Rodgers. . . . .

pizzamachine
July 30th 2022


27395 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Sometimes when I close my eyes I can’t see

Tyler.
July 31st 2022


19030 Comments






zaruyache
July 31st 2022


27530 Comments


[2]

vult
July 31st 2022


2394 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The graph for this is actually so funny

Manatea
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2022


1972 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@pizza I wrote and rewrote this four times and that is the only line that stayed consistent. Thanks!



@mars Dude I’m a huge Rams fan… Don’t even get me started on Stafford. But that’s my point! Aaron Rodgers, despite having the best receiver in the league, a great coach, great o-line, etc., can’t even make it back? Like I’m not even asking for a WIN but no other appearance? I will say this though, Stafford has more playoff game-winning drives than Rodgers in the one year he’s had in a functional organization.





Purpl3Spartan
July 31st 2022


8775 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Raiders ftw



okay ill leave now

twlight
July 31st 2022


9031 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Broncos.

Manatea
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2022


1972 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I’m glad to know that football is alive and well on Sputnik

twlight
July 31st 2022


9031 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Better be. I'm sure Sowing will Revive it. Russell Wilson is a Bronco now

Manatea
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2022


1972 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Oooo yeah. And game 1 is against Seahawks in Seattle. Bound to be a good time.

twlight
July 31st 2022


9031 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's going to be epic



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