Cheem
Guilty Pleasure


4.0
excellent

Review

by gryndstone USER (23 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2022 | 15 replies


Release Date: 07/22/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: cool when it wants to be, which is pretty much the entire time

In under 30 minutes, Cheem continues to crumple up blueprints laid out for each genre they confront. Guilty Pleasure simply doesn’t fit into one box, it would do the band a disservice - when vocalist Sam takes centerstage, the pop-punk of Fall Out Boy might come to mind. But when Skye comes barreling in with a frenetic rap verse we’ve clearly entered some sort of nu-metal territory. In the same vein, the instrumentation isn’t something that could be described with just one genre. Pay2Play flicks the dial between high energy punk riffs and a lighter, funkier section that fits the rapped guest verse swimmingly. These lighter sections pop up throughout the album, almost always accompanied by a few bars courtesy of Skye.

The rapped verses really do give everything a ‘nu-metal’ tinge, but there’s just too much going on elsewhere to slot it in there. Overload exemplifies this. Guilty Pleasure certainly takes a maximalist approach to its production, and that almost always works.The band is a fan of the hyperpop ethos, and with its pitched vocals and solid wall of sound the back half of Overload sounds like a 100 gecs B-side, for better or worse. When it’s not approaching penis music levels of chaos, it’s still always a busy affair in the best way. Snag doesn’t even hit the two minute mark, but it’s an early highlight with its manic opening riff, the incredible earworm that is 'so you wanna hurt me? I think I can handle whatever you put me through / if i was in your shoes, i’d wanna hurt me too / and i could do it much better than you!’ AND it’s sweet, hard hitting slap bass.

Guilty Pleasure is a busy record on all fronts, but what’s it all about? Thankfully this isn’t tough to parse - most of the music is either about the music industry and the DIY scene the band finds itself in, and not caring about what people think. Cheem Szn is the magic page of the album with the line ‘there’s no pleasure in feeling so guilty’, in reference to how music critics and others opinions can warp the enjoyment of your own tastes. It’s one of the record's funkier tracks and Skye spends a verse dunking on those who try to keep trends in line, those who put down anything that doesn’t fit in a scene’s mold. It’s fitting for a band who plays leapfrog with genres, changing the vibe with every subsequent track. Elsewhere are tunes in which washed up rock stars are belittled for pandering to the masses, trying to make a career out of music on a budget, and sticking to your guns as an artist and a band.

In under 30 minutes, Guilty Pleasure takes you on a trip loaded with insane production, incredible hooks, a whole host of channeled influences, and the occasional fire verse. In some ways the short run-time is a blessing - it wasn’t until I threw it on a second time, headphones in, that I started to hear the little details that make up this manic cocktail of genres. It’s more than just pop-punk with a groove, and the pleasure I’ve got from repeated listens? Glad to say it comes with no guilt.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SomeCallMeTim
August 2nd 2022


328 Comments


So you're saying this isn't a vaporwave album

gryndstone
August 2nd 2022


2364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's actually the fourth in a series of Cheem-type albums

Conmaniac
August 2nd 2022


27266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh yes new cheem!!!! This hype

mrdogthrow
August 2nd 2022


1944 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cheem core is such a good time

Mort.
August 3rd 2022


20310 Comments


cheem is an awful name

gryndstone
August 3rd 2022


2364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok "Mortimer" whats the name of your band

Mort.
August 3rd 2022


20310 Comments


cheemly cheeming through the cheems

bloc
August 8th 2022


69174 Comments


Bruh this fuckin slapsssss

gryndstone
September 4th 2022


2364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listen now if u wanna be one of the OG chuggalos

gryndstone
September 6th 2022


2364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pitchfork review gave them the sex number https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/cheem-guilty-pleasure/

ChrimzonCanine
September 7th 2022


1556 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This is just awful

Conmaniac
September 7th 2022


27266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah that 6.9 for this reminded me i need to listen to this

Conmaniac
September 7th 2022


27266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yo why are they rapping tho...?

gryndstone
September 8th 2022


2364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Out of sheer love of language

Conmaniac
September 8th 2022


27266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pure fun - not my fav combo of genres but still fun



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