This Afternoon - If We Gave Up Now (Cover Artwork)

This Afternoon

This Afternoon: If We Gave Up NowIf We Gave Up Now (2002)

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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This Afternoon hail from Syracuse, NY, and most of it's members already had musical experiences prior to this. Having released a debut album independently to much acclaim of local media has earned them a place in the top ten of releases for that year, a first time ever for a band in the punk genre. .

This Afternoon hail from Syracuse, NY, and most of it's members already had musical experiences prior to this. Having released a debut album independently to much acclaim of local media has earned them a place in the top ten of releases for that year, a first time ever for a band in the punk genre. The follow-up to that debut album was a 4 song counting ep released through a small indie label in limited amounts that sould out completely in a matter of weeks. This very release was produced by none other than Chris Gibson (Glassjaw, CIV, Agnostic Front, ...) and mastered by Alan Douches (Saves The Day, Promise Ring, Snapcase, SOIA, ...) and is bound to weave another succesfull chapter to their careers.

Nothing is as hard as reviewing a CD you don't like, and i must admit that i didn't quite like this one at first. Luckily, i gave myself the chance to let this album grow on me. If This Afternoon would be a river, you'd be swimming in it on a sunshiny day at first, having fun without making it one of those unforgettable days. That is untill the river unexpectedly turns into a fierce monster with river rapids about every corner, their vortexes dragging you under and leaving you gasping for air time and time again. Because those feelings are what This Afternoon evoke on yours truly. They just leave me breathless on numerous occasions.

But anyways, let's get back to the essence here and talk about what music TA plays. Well, i only have two words for you: Indie Rock with a lot of "EMO" influences (what do you mean, those are not two words?). Musically, they remind me of bands like Brandston, Texas Is The Reason, Long Since Forgotten, Time To Fly, Something Corporate and such. That means you can expect to get treated on some heartfelt vocals that drip with emotion like a fat greasy pig that has been roasting over a fire for a coupple of hours, catchy driving hooks, clever intelligent lyrics, beautifully crafted midtempo instrumental parts and the prominent musical ability to combine the best elements of indie rock and current "emo" touches within the punk community to a whole that sounds fresh, exciting and is bound to move you in ways you never imagined (you're allowed to cry when listening to TA, even if you are male!). It is kind of strange to find a band of this amplitude signed to a local label just across the Belgian border, but credit goes out to Emplane Music for this one. I only wished a label in Europe would concentrate on European bands also, but i guess it must be hard.

So does this album have it's faults then? It sure does, as some songs are stretched too long when you really start listening to the album and the songs seem to slow down as the album progresses, which makes me grab back to the first songs all the time and refrain me from exploring the other songs in full depth. But this makes for some great soothing music in the background i can assure you. I warn you up front though: The more you listen to this little marvel the more the lyrics will sweep you away, and the more you'll get drawn into their music. So if there's anything you need to do before you fall a slave to this release, best do it now.


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Anonymous (March 16, 2003)

just buy this cd.


waste_elite (March 14, 2003)

the dead boys are not "supposedly 'classic'", they are classic

that is all

maverick (March 13, 2003)

To the guy who asked about the Dead Boys review:
The CD you reviewed came out over 2 decades ago. While I am glad people are writing reviews of supposedly "classic" albums to bolster our reviews section, our main focus is on new releases. The reason that I ran this review so soon after the other one is so people get differing opinions in a short time span.

Your review will be up sometime. Just have patience.


Anonymous (March 13, 2003)

I'd bet you've never even heard of the Dead Boys, and if you have, you'd know that they deserve for a review to be posted about them as opposed to this trash. Yes, trash. I've heard this CD, and there is nothing original about it.

Anonymous (March 13, 2003)

do people really cry when they listen to a CD??

Anonymous (March 13, 2003)

I don't get all this commotion. There are tons of cd's that had 2 reviews on this site, and yeah most of them are from bigger well known bands, this time it's from a smaller band.....sooo what?
also both reviews are TOTALLY different, which isn't always the case here.

Anonymous (March 12, 2003)

What ever happened to my Dead Boys review, Scott? Not to say this site is totally inept, but why do we need two "This Afternoon" reviews and not one review of the Dead Boys' first album?

Anonymous (March 12, 2003)

haha, no man, I want another one :-)

Anonymous (March 12, 2003)

Why do we have two reviews of this album? One is enough.

Anonymous (March 11, 2003)

Lol, i wans't trying to change your mind about this album, just wanted to give a second opinion.

maverick (March 11, 2003)

Eh. I still stand by my review.


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