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Joyce Manor

Joyce Manor: Of All Things I Will Soon Grow TiredOf All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired (2012)
Asian Man Records

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I fell in love with Joyce Manor's self-titled in 2011, and most particularly with "Leather Jacket." That romance continued here, and while I feel the band just fell short and played it a bit safe on Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired, the album's high quality can't be disputed. It is a great album.
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I fell in love with Joyce Manor's self-titled in 2011, and most particularly with "Leather Jacket." That romance continued here, and while I feel the band just fell short and played it a bit safe on Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired, the album's high quality can't be disputed. It is a great album, although not as stellar as its predecessor.

"Comfortable Clothes" is that kind of punk rock driving anthem that makes summer days of getting high and getting laid the most repeatable days ever. It's about that teen angst and adolescent romance, that stereotypical coming-of-age yearning for your hot-best-friend-who's-the-girl-next-door-kinda-vibe. Growing up on NOFX, Pennywise, Ramones, Alkaline Trio, Rancid and Green Day (in the '90s when they were good and not conforming to some forced breed of commercial fuck-my-ear alternative pseudo-punk) makes me appreciate bands like Joyce Manor, Title Fight and Tigers Jaw much more. They add that silky underground feel to the market for kids to still go to basement shows as opposed to licking the sales charts with Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. These bands remind me of a grand era.

"See How Tame I Can Be" is a gesture to this throwback, where a riveting bass-line gives such a mood of bliss and a melody of pure fun. It's catchy but not in that cheap shitty poppy way. Lines like "Don't stop by / No, you don't have to be around tonight / If you're feeling like it, stand out in the hallway / Fall into my arms because I want you / Can't you tell at all?" are classic. It's Joyce's stylized way of laying it all out on the line.

They continue crafting that romantic sympathy in their songs, and I can't get enough. "Drainage" offers a tight little interlude with just a bit more punch, with respect to emotion and some sort of empathy. It's warm and gives the gist of purpose. Joyce Manor is intent on translating emotion brilliantly. On that note, I digress to say that the "Video Killed the Radio Star" cover bled my earsā?¦in a bad way. Sorry, but no!

The spine of the album is the strongest track, "Bride of Usher." It's exemplary of that thing Joyce Manor does when it makes a poppy punk song much better in terms of being a punk song. There's the formulaic bassline in this song that kicks major ass. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Spend less than half-hour taking this record in, and I can bet you won't regret it. It does kick ass, just like Joyce Manor was taught to do.

 

 
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bobandy (May 29, 2012)

45rpm

pallmallpunch (May 12, 2012)

One for the ages. Come back in 20 years if you're a hater.

MrCzer (May 8, 2012)

I didn't care for this album as much as the self titled. It's a shame. I felt like they held back a little bit on this.

kylewagoner (April 30, 2012)

I am still very uncertain of this. Wish I had it on CD, actually...because I feel like it's supposed to be on repeat instead of flipping the record every approximated 6 and a half minutes. I can't tell if it's complete genius, as there is no room for bullshit or wasted space of music, or if it's a waste of 8 songs that could have been finished. It sounds like they recorded a full-length and then just literally cropped out everything that repeated in the songs and left the last verse and chorus...but there's something awesome about it.

JTravolta (April 27, 2012)

ian isn't super rad. in fact, ian isn't very rad at all.

this is a terrible review btw

peheme (April 26, 2012)

I love love love this album. It is raw, soulful and sincere. It sounds just right. Obviously really short (I find myself listening to the vinyl as a 4 sided), but it tells me a lot each time I listen to it. I hear an assumed (and rich) flatness, which led me really fast to compares it to the obvious JB (shit I shouldn't say that (btw, fuck Pearl jam)). Anyway, great album.

Oh and btw, the pink vinyl looks like lush's most beautiful soap, which kinda adds a fifth star.

renaldo69 (April 26, 2012)

after constant headache and leather jacket...i found the progression here rather regressive...
'all things' is pretty cool but i still think they held something back...it does feel an unfinished product at times...and not w.r.t. length...
length is no real factor here

thisrespirator (April 26, 2012)

Punk rockers bitching about an album being too short? I have a Dream Theater record I'll send you if you'd like.

This is the best album I've heard thus far this year. I can't believe you said that they "Played it safe"...This record is pretty ballsy if you asked me.

EchosMyron (April 26, 2012)

Ha, they chose the ideal person to review this miniature pile of shit.

Also, certain albums have gotten away with being extremely short. For instance, Blood, Guts & Pussy by the Dwarves, or Group Sex by the Circle Jerks.

damnitsderek (April 26, 2012)

Trying to like it. Failing.

I just don't get the hype.

ianissuperrad (April 25, 2012)

Did not care for this album. I've given it about 4 listens too. "See How Tame I Can Be" is the only song I find myself relistening to.

overdefined (April 25, 2012)

"and bryne...i am not shitting you...i don't know you and would not dare shit you or anyone i even know...it's disgusting...next time you want to approach something and share opinions...do so eloquently and try not to come off like a condescending prick (see what i did there?)..you're staff...so act like one...be a grown up and not some pretentious dick...we're all trying to help punknews in our lil way"

Ha! For real? You have to be shitting ME.

gunsontheroof (April 25, 2012)

i really don't think they "played it safe" on this record given that it's clearly alienated some of the diehard pop punk contingent. someone commented and said it sounds "unfinished," and i can't help but agreeing a little. only 7 of the 9 songs seem close to fully-realized, one of which had already been written by another band. the last album played it a lot safer - all the songs blend together, have an obvious direction, sound, and audience. that's not a criticism, because it was easily my favorite record of last year. but on "all things," joyce manor was trying to make the type of record that they wanted to make, not the one their fans expected them to make. it unfortunately falls flat because as an album, it really does feel "unfinished." a little more time writing could have produced a much more cohesive statement, though the statement itself is loud and clear, that they will not be pigeonholed by genre expectations.

and for the record, the "video killed the radio star" cover is great.

chickswithdicks (April 25, 2012)

much like the first album, this is fucking awesome. it'll be even better when they learn to write second verses too.

I-type-poorly (April 25, 2012)

I keep seeing this thumbnail on the site of the page, and thinking for a second that it's Group Sounds, by Rocket From The Crypt.

renaldo69 (April 25, 2012)

it's like a thursday album to me. still good but somehow the album before just plays on mind too much. i still found they could have cut loose a bit more and thrash-punked it out a bit but what they do works...for them...
it is a pretty good and solid offering but i expected a tad bit more from this outing...

and bryne...i am not shitting you...i don't know you and would not dare shit you or anyone i even know...it's disgusting...next time you want to approach something and share opinions...do so eloquently and try not to come off like a condescending prick (see what i did there?)..you're staff...so act like one...be a grown up and not some pretentious dick...we're all trying to help punknews in our lil way

JTravolta (April 24, 2012)

AOTY. anyone calling this sloppy or thrown together is just plain ignant.

superskabro (April 24, 2012)

I was leery the first time through, but the second time through, every song seemed to click with me. What a ballsy follow-up record.

SwissCheese (April 24, 2012)

It seems to be a common complaint that the album is too short - which I agree with, 13 minutes is a little light on content, however I am more of a quality over quantity kinda guy. Now I know lots of you will say the quality sucks and that it just seems like it was slapped together, but that was something I liked about this album. No bells and whistles, just some dudes rocking out. I like the album and feel bad that so many of you cannot find enjoyment in it...oooh well, your loss!

CowboyKiller (April 24, 2012)

Man I really love Joyce Manor, but this album was disappointing. First of all, the length is ridiculous. To call 13 minutes a full-length album is totally dumb. I enjoy most of the songs on here, but they start and just suddenly end. I'm used to Joyce Manor songs being short, but alot of these just feel unfinished. The song that disappointed me the most was "These Kind of Ice Skates". I first heard it live about a year ago and thought it was amazing, but I guess they since rewrote it and honestly the ending is awful. Some decent tunes on here, but overall I'm disappointed, but still hopeful for the future for these guys.

xherojuanax (April 24, 2012)

There really is very little to like about this. This is easily the sloppiest, most slapped-together and unfinished record I've ever heard.

mikeyxoxo (April 24, 2012)

"played it safe" is probably the worst way at describing this album. How tame I can be uses a drum machine the whole song, drainage is mostly piano, and 2 of the 9 songs are very 80's. I don't think anyone was really expecting this. All in all I like this more than their s/t.

telegraphrocks (April 24, 2012)

Pretty damn bad.

And though it's not related to Joyce Manor at all (you brought it up), NOFX, Pennywise, Ramones, Alkaline Trio, Rancid and Green Day are all a million times better than Joyce Manor... even at their worst.

woodprop (April 24, 2012)

Took 3-4 listens, but seven minutes later I'm liking it.

torgo (April 24, 2012)

But I do agree with cbsrocksteady, cover rules

Exitenglish1208 (April 24, 2012)

Can't get passed how bad the end of these kind of ice skates is

torgo (April 24, 2012)

"spend less than a half hour taking this record in"
You mean less than 15 minutes? Or do you mean listen to it three times?

Babrook (April 24, 2012)

Brian Fallon says he likes it so they must be better than The Replacements / Jawbreaker right guys???

mowlio (April 24, 2012)

It's a grower!

Apeman_on_the_moon (April 24, 2012)

I've never gotten high or laid, so I cannot relate to this album review.

jephso (April 24, 2012)

Don't like it when reviewers attack bands that have nothing to do with the release they're reviewing. It stops me taking your review seriously.

conblake (April 24, 2012)

Love the first one, but this feels too clean and with too many bells and whistles. It feels like theyre trying to overcompensate by "evolving", which to be fair, I think a lot of bands try to do unsuccessfully on their second albums. Still, I've got an open mind for the third.

fattony (April 24, 2012)

I'll give this a chance, but the hype behind these dudes baffles me.

ashtraymonument (April 24, 2012)

maybe I just need to listen to this more, but goddamnit, this is disappointing as fuck. Its already been discussed ad nauseum, but this just feels like an unfinished pile of demos with a couple good songs. Its a joke this is labeled a full-length

cbsrocksteady (April 24, 2012)

Am I the only one who thinks that cover fucking rules?

teaessare (April 24, 2012)

Although the review kind of sucks, I agree with it. Not better than the self-titled, but great in its own way.

ramblinboysof (April 24, 2012)

don't care how long it is or whether its considered an LP or not. 9 great songs. hope to see them this year.

arejaypunx (April 24, 2012)

It took two listens to click and now I can't stop listening to it.

updapunxxx (April 24, 2012)

shit is awful

bryne (April 24, 2012)

"Played it safe?" Are you shitting me?

champion_sound (April 24, 2012)

7/10...damn good

overdefined (April 24, 2012)

I love this record so much. However in regards to the review, I don't think they "played it safe" at all with this. They took some serious chances on this.

willrupp (April 24, 2012)

inb4 "Brian Fallon says he likes it so they must be better than The Replacements / Jawbreaker right guys???"

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