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Joyce Manor

Joyce Manor: Never Hungover AgainNever Hungover Again (2014)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Joyce Manor is straight to the point. Always were. Always will be. Never Hungover Again doesn't deviate from that plan. It sticks to their stylistic guns but also decides to foray into new avenues fans were intrigued to see them wander in, and also into even more surprising little nooks and crannies.
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Joyce Manor is straight to the point. Always were. Always will be. Never Hungover Again doesn't deviate from that plan. It sticks to their stylistic guns but also decides to foray into new avenues fans were intrigued to see them wander in, and also into even more surprising little nooks and crannies —— all of which end up wowing much more than first expected. If you felt their previous records were the best short bursts of energy they had packed in their punk armada, well, guess again. This album comes off as the most definitive and most complete that Joyce Manor have to offer.

Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired felt like it was missing something —— that special flair that their 2011 self—titled had. It was pretty solid but lacked the extra energy that "Constant Headache" and "Leather Jacket" possessed. That magic's re—found and then amplified with even more upbeat, whimsical, whiny punk. It's worth touting on so many different levels. Honestly, this is pop—punk done remarkably well and if I could see them and State Lines live, I'd feel like I got my money's worth. Their method continues as lanky three—chord jams but packs the emotional thrift and humorous wallop you came to love. Barry Johnson's vocals make for catchy, simple and really fun pop—punk and if you forgot, then refer to "Victoria" and "Christmas Card." They prove a stark reminder of just why 2011 was the year to take note of them. They didn't ditch or even shift up many old tones which I felt they did last time around. Instead, they crafted the sound they know best —— by really going back to basics. Joyce Manor's most musically informative attributes are staight—forward punk, nasal little croons, bouncing guitars that careen with near—perfect melody and jangly power chords. Throw in a stepped—up game of melancholy, synth, Brit—pop guitars and you've got new spice in the pot. This is what they cook with on the addictive Never Hungover Again.

Opting to wander out of the sandbox also manages to come off much better as there's a higher balance and greater finesse this time around. "Falling In Love Again" is where the curveballs begin. It has an '80s—era vibe a la The Cure, Morrissey and The Smiths. Channeling this works further wonders on another bass—driven hit in "Heart Tattoo" —— keeping their playful tone but still fleshing out growth and development. It's not too bold nor is it too timid. The tempo's quite gleeful in its simplicity but Joyce Manor feel even more assured, focused and confident than in the past. They scrape 20 minutes of pure joy in such a fast manner, covering a wide assortment of topics. The album's subdivided with mature themes as well but you know you're really here for the wringing rhythyms on the juvenile life and the young, wasted and restless days. They don't stutter in making their statements and Johnson's pained, wrangly vocals impact so much on "Schley" and "End Of The Summer" which bring forth images of sweaty basement moshing with strangers. I swear it takes you three years back.

Fast—paced. Sing—along. Character—driven. Yep, they manage to top themselves in ways I didn't think was possible. I knew they had it in them but for some reason I felt they'd go explore a less—fresh vibe in a fashion that would offset the familiar sound I fell in love with. Whatever doubts I had, they're gone. I knew Joyce Manor would put out a good record but Never Hungover Again is pop—punk astonishment. Year—end lists are already making room.


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RussWould (February 4, 2015)

this record really had to grow on me. now that it has, i can't stop thinking about it. lately, whenever i'm listening to other music, in the back of my mind I always want to be listening to this album. it's like a freaking brain worm

devianter (December 30, 2014)

totally loved the S/T, but the next one and this is just plain too radio for me

hbwlons4 (October 14, 2014)

I like most of the songs here but "Heart Tattoo" is one of the most saccharin, disgusting things I've heard in a long time.

arejaypunx (August 26, 2014)

Really, really, really good album. Better than the last, which was better than their first. I love this band.

bandgeekmafia78 (August 15, 2014)

I never really understood the hype about this band until I heard this album. It's pretty good.

timospaz (August 12, 2014)

No wonder it's only 19 minutes long, they took pop punk and trimmed all the unnecessary parts with no fillers.

filbunke (August 11, 2014)

One of the best releases so far this year. I really enjoy it!

krid (August 8, 2014)

Catchy album and easily their best yet.

woodprop (July 29, 2014)

Getting a little too towards poppy for me

Catalina Fight Song still rips though

slymer (July 24, 2014)

This is great. Easily their best album.

ianissuperrad (July 23, 2014)

I haven't really cared for more than a song or two off Joyce Manor's previous albums but I really love this new one.

exitenglish1208 (July 23, 2014)

so much better than of all good things in my opinion

murderbeats (July 23, 2014)

Absolutely love this album. Amazing. This bands is so fucking good.

conblake (July 22, 2014)

Going to listen to this album - the songs I've heard are great though, fuck yeah. I didn't know who they were til I saw them live with Classics of Love and thought that a song I found out was called "Constant Headache" sounded pretty damn good.

pokinatcha (July 22, 2014)

Killed it. It's like they took the pop-punk formula, deconstructed it, separated it into its individual elements, extracted the essence, and then put it all back together again, stripping away the extraneous bits. Genius.

xanimal (July 22, 2014)

This is quickly becoming my album of the year. Strangely, it made Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired make a lot more sense. There was a huge disconnect between that and LP 1 for me, but this bridges that gap. They've done something really special to the "pop punk" genre with Hungover. Catalina Fight Song rips, Victoria has the best hook I've heard in a long time and Heart Tattoo has such a great pace. If JM wasn't on the map before this, they've really made a name for themselves. Great review, Renaldo.

Jonny0110 (July 22, 2014)

I thought that was Masked Intruder.

faithisforfools (July 22, 2014)

There's got to be some inside joke that I'm obviously not in on...

jrowe182 (July 22, 2014)

At first listen I thought it was okay but not nearly as good as their 2011 self-titled album. Then I listened to it again....and again...and ended up listening to it on repeat about 20 times. The more I listen to it, the more I love it, and it's having the same effect on me as their s/t release did. This album shows more mature song-writing on Barry's part for sure. 5/5

julianminutes (July 22, 2014)

this album is so, so good

Floggingmicah (July 22, 2014)

I think this record is great, but the opener and closer are pretty weak. Still a great summer album.

maxq333 (July 22, 2014)

This record absolutely destroys.

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