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The Credentials - Goocher [12-inch] (Cover Artwork)

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The Credentials: Goocher [12-inch]Goocher [12-inch] (2011)
It's Alive / Dirt Cult / Muy Autentico

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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Contributed by: SloaneDaleySloaneDaley
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From what I gather, a goocher is a term used when something highly improbable happens and as a result the person who initiated it gets bad luck. It was in the movie Stand by Me, so therefore if movies are bastions of truth and knowledge it must be an old-timey expression. Using the title Goocher for.


From what I gather, a goocher is a term used when something highly improbable happens and as a result the person who initiated it gets bad luck. It was in the movie Stand by Me, so therefore if movies are bastions of truth and knowledge it must be an old-timey expression. Using the title Goocher for their album, the Credentials immediately evoke the sense of a throwback to a simpler, more innocent time. Goocher is the kind of throwback pop-punk record whose main strength is that there isn't a whole lot of bands doing this right now, so it seems just refreshing enough. It is generally fast-paced, bouncy, with distorted bass thrown into the front of the mix led by multiple shouty vocalists and sociopolitical lyrics. If you took Cleveland Bound Death Sentence and added shades of Lynyrd's Innards and faint whiffs of Latterman, that would be pretty close to what you have on Goocher. The Credentials' previous full-length Routines was a solid debut, so I was looking forward to seeing if their songwriting had progressed at all; sadly, I think they may have actually gotten weaker.

A band like this obviously isn't aiming to be the top of the pops; nor are they challenging the Dickies or Buzzcocks to see who can create a better melody. But it is clear they go out of their way to infuse a certain amount of tunefulness in each of their songs. Nothing on Goocher would lead you to believe this was a hardcore record. One would assume if you are making pop music of any kind, one of the goals would be to make your songs catchy or hooky, and in some way memorable. Most of Goocher, while played with dedication and enthusiasm, is all pretty forgettable. The repeated refrain of "I don't like you anymore!" on "I Am Eating My Head" has the opposite problem–I can't forget it. The song only lasts a minute, but in that 60-second period the repeating of the phrase gets so annoying I feel like I've been listening to the same song for half an hour.

Aside from the occasional catchy melody like "Descending the Garbage Chute" or interesting guitar part on songs like "Younger Kids" and "The Target Demographic Has Had It Up to Here", Goocher just blows past without you even realizing it had started. It is pleasant enough, and there are a few gems, so if you are a complete pop-punk junkie you may want to seek this out; to everyone else this will be mediocre genre exercise.

 

 
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kidgotham (August 15, 2011)

I really liked their last release, and will get around to this, but based on this review, and Sloane's impecable taste, I have a feeling I am going to be let down.

sloanedaley (August 14, 2011)

*what someone thinks is good is differnt than what someone likes.

rather.

sloanedaley (August 14, 2011)

As a reviewer I read other people's reviews for different perspectives on things I guess. I guess I do care about other people's opinions. I'm also of the school that thinks that what I think is good is different from what someone likes. For instance I like this but I might not think it is very good, I think the band Converge is good but I can't say I like the music that much.

wyld_stallyns_rule (August 12, 2011)

And by S/T lp, I of course mean, 'Routines'. Proved my own closing arguments exactly. . .

wyld_stallyns_rule (August 12, 2011)

I, myself, for one, love this record. Perfect compliment to their S/T lp. Honestly, I don't know quite why I read reviews. It's really odd to have a subjective(no matter how objective it aims to be) point of view have an affect on my decision about music/movies/television/pogs. Let alone one from someone whose opionion I don't value(no offense!), because I don't know them.
That being said, it was a solid review. Your wording and thought process is still miles ahead of anything I would be able to conjure up for this, or any album. I seem to lack that certain. . .how to do you say. . . exactly.

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