Nothington - Borrowed Time (Cover Artwork)


Nothington: Borrowed TimeBorrowed Time (2011)
Red Scare

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Even by the first track, "Captive Audience", Nothington's Borrowed Time seems to pack more energy in it than a Rockstar packs caffeine. Seemingly more lively than 2009's Roads, Bridges and Ruins, Borrowed Time is solid from the get-go. Utilizing both vocalists more aptly than ever before, this album.
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Even by the first track, "Captive Audience", Nothington's Borrowed Time seems to pack more energy in it than a Rockstar packs caffeine. Seemingly more lively than 2009's Roads, Bridges and Ruins, Borrowed Time is solid from the get-go. Utilizing both vocalists more aptly than ever before, this album could be considered Nothington's Oh! Calcutta!.

Clearly geared toward the ideas revolving around the working class and long stretches of touring, the energy behind the album emanates power that can only be fueled by exhaustion. Especially coming through on "Far to Go", "End of the Day" and "Hopeless", this album is relatable on a level that only individuals who have put themselves through strenuous living would understand.

Everything comes together swimmingly, deepening with every track of the layered vocals, harmonization, and cutthroat percussion. Each song begins with a different energy than the last; however, it builds and builds, all the while continuously surprising the listener with every line.

Borrowed Time refuses to relent, and only until the album reaches finality does it weaken in any way with the last track "I Should Say" being the weakest on the album. It is darker sounding than the rest, eventually reverting back to the stylistic implements that make the rest of the album good, however still wavering slightly and not fitting with the overall feel of the remainder of the album.

As a whole, though, Borrowed Time clicks. Its power, aggression, fire, and perseverance entrance the listener in the life portrayed through a lyrical styling that can best be described as, well, hopeless, in the best way possible. Not to say that the album or Nothington are hopeless. No, not at all. The opposite, in fact. Borrowed Time is a key album this fall and would make a great addition to any avid listener's collection.


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Thumbs (June 13, 2012)

Thumbs split.

Marchelo (March 2, 2012)

I'm sorry I'm going to be a little bit extremist here, but I won't, ever, give any kind of credit to somebody who dismisses Nothington without giving a long and solid explanation. Yet if this album is, to me, a little step down from the awesomeness of Roads, Bridges & Runs, Borrowed Time still shows a bunch of great and memorable songs and melodies that makes it three brilliant albums in a row for these dudes. Not many bands can say that, I'm afraid to say.

half_head (December 27, 2011)

could be record of the year

Shapeofcrunktocome (December 8, 2011)

Best yet from these dudes.

655321 (December 1, 2011)

Loved the album when I first heard it and it just keeps getting even better!

MN_DrNick (December 1, 2011)

Whoops. Forgot to leave a comment here. This album is awesome. The End

peheme (November 4, 2011)

That beats most of October's favorites. Saw them at the Fest and it was such a good moment!

killtaker (October 25, 2011)

Finally got this...so great. Sorry I had to work when they came through Pittsburgh a few weeks ago.

kellenblaine (October 1, 2011)

I seriously can not stop listening to this album. best record of the year by far

misterspike (September 30, 2011)

Clearly, Red Scare can't put out a bad album. So. Good.

TSOL (September 29, 2011)

I change my mind, this record is album of the year!! Only track I don't care for is "St. Andrews Hall"

ConTheFlanMan (September 18, 2011)

This album is incredible. Nothington is one of today's best!

TSOL (September 17, 2011)

I actually prefer their first album. Everything on this album sounds the same to me, and it's just more stereotypical gruff org music, but with pretty good riffs. Maybe it'll grow on me..

MCSalter (September 17, 2011)

Album of the year, indubitably.

allbutone (September 16, 2011)

I love this fucking record.

MuhammadMormon (September 15, 2011)

Nothington, The Heat Tape, Elway, The Copyrights... Red Scare has put out a bunch of crap this year.
Only saving grace would be that Reaganomics album. Maybe The Holy Mess... but would a compilation really count?

damnitsderek (September 15, 2011)

This was so much better than I was expecting. Two playthroughs and I already love it. I can only imagine how I'm going to feel ten playthroughs from now.

BananaJoe (September 14, 2011)

This band has put three great and consistent albums in a row.'nuff said.

dangerdangerdanger (September 14, 2011)

Great album. The last album was a grower for me, I liked this instantly. If I had any complaints it would be that I wish that there was more balance to the shared vocals, I like Jay's voice but after a while it gets a little grating and I feel that the other guys voice compliments him very well. They should utilize the dual vocals more than they already do... it's really just a small gripe, this is ne of my favorite full lengths to come out this year.

onegirlarmy (September 14, 2011)

I'm failing to see how this is considered an "accessible" Nothington record, since to my ears it doesn't sound terribly different than Roads, Bridges and Ruins.

However, this one tops that record by a mile... and RB&R was fucking awesome. This is going to be in my year end top 10 for sure.

clcsqueejy04 (September 13, 2011)

Was a huge fan of All In, and thought RB&R disappointed a bit. But after a few listens, I've decided this actually might be Nothington's best release yet. Very powerful songs, and great to hear Chris at the front on a lot of songs!

jplunk (September 13, 2011)

This MIGHT just be the best record of 2011. Definitely Nothington's best. So fucking good.

brian10488 (September 13, 2011)

Album is fantastic, easily their best yet. Love 'Where I can't be Found'

LOL I'm Brian

Chadreligion (September 13, 2011)

Nothington's "oh Calcutta!"??? What the fuck dude? Why are you making the Lawrence Arms sound like the fucking Clash????

MuhammadMormon (September 13, 2011)

It's albums like this that make me so glad it's 2011, and downloading albums is so easy.
I like buying albums, a lot, but I would've been extremely pissed if I spent money on this.

someone-yeah (September 13, 2011)

Not as instantly memorable as R,B&R was for me but still really solid. Loving the Jay/Chris dual vocals.

The Escapist is prob my new favorite Nothington song.

baseball (September 13, 2011)

I knew this band was going to put out a great album at some point and this is it. I'd rate the first two as good and good-improved. Seems like they've really developed a nice sound of their own. Earlier stuff was so heavy on the Social D influence.

uncle_leo (September 13, 2011)

I had a pretty strong inclination that this would be a solid album, but I had no idea it would be this good.

jacknife737 (September 13, 2011)

So fucking good.

oldpunkerforever (September 13, 2011)

oops, four big stars-oldpunker-

oldpunkerforever (September 13, 2011)

This is really really good stuff. For me its a little OWTH, meets Mike Nessy feeling and thats not too bad in my opinion, great punk rock-oldpunker-

Mystereohasmono (September 13, 2011)

Lawrence Arms suck. Nothington does not.

CropOfTheCream (September 13, 2011)

More like Boring Time.

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RedScare (September 13, 2011)

The O!C! comparison is interesting. Since you put it that way, I would agree that "Borrowed Time" is their most accessible album and that the band has achieved a new cohesion. So they have that much in common and they're both great records in my opinion. I really hope people give it a chance and dig this shit because I thought RBR was really overlooked. Yep. Go Seahawks.

skankaholikk (September 12, 2011)

Calling it Nothington's Oh! Calcutta! might be much, but this is a solid album. This is coming from a guy who never really listened to these guys much.

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