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No Motiv

No Motiv: Daylight BreakingDaylight Breaking (2004)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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A Psychological Anaylsis of No Motiv's Daylight Breaking and How Past Emotions of Releases Led to It Preface This study is a mere attempt at analyzing No Motiv's newest album and how his past emotions have progressed positively to this point. The three main parts rely mostly on pure descrip.
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A Psychological Anaylsis of No Motiv's Daylight Breaking and How Past Emotions of Releases Led to It

Preface

This study is a mere attempt at analyzing No Motiv's newest album and how his past emotions have progressed positively to this point. The three main parts rely mostly on pure description, but offer anaylsis in the dealing of the subject as (1) his basic past emotions, (2) this line of emotions and why it came to this point, (3) the current state of affairs.

No Motiv - His basic past emotions
Dwelling in cynicism [Cynical] and resultant trauma [Scarred], the subject's early, basic mindset was that of starkly negative overtones that offered minute signs of hope. After this period of misanthropic scarring, depression [...And the Sadness Prevailed] immediately followed. An era of reconstruction [Diagram for Healing] eventually followed.

The anaylsis of this line of emotions and why it came to this point
There was a trend in the emotions that were showing normal graduation, in both senses of the word. Placing the cynical outlook on life led to the trauma, and sadness followed. It was a normal pattern, so sadness following should have been expected. The reconstruction was the first sign of positivity, and represents on a smaller, metaphorical scale the real-life trend. It was perfectly normal for the reconstruction of emotions to follow.

The current state of affairs
In regards to the title, Daylight Breaking offers recurring hope. The subject attempts conveying a more positive outlook, yet puts melodies across in songs that clash in moods. These said moods divide into two main stables; (1) upbeat, capturing happy motivation (see: "Robot Eyes," "Life Goes On"), and (2) seamlessly captivating harshness (see: "Death in #'s," "Audition"). All emotions are framed by fluid, restrained rock tempos (see: "Independence Day," "Brand New Day") that the subject had shown previous to current work. Tendencies of speaking in extrovert manners, or less personal foundations, are no longer mainstay; the subject wishes to acknowledge more widespread mannerisms. The subject appears to work magic at times (see: layered harmonies in "Grey Notes Fall," swiftly mercurial dynamics in "Death in #'s," surprise keyboard in "Life Goes On," hushed vocals mixed with haunting whispers over a solemn bass line and swirling guitars in "Audition"). Maturity is shown stronger than ever, by way of lyrics, musicianship, and variation shown. Overall progress subject has shown may prove to be best effort yet.

MP3
"Into the Darkness"

VIDEO
"Brand New Day" Low High

 

 
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thatswack (January 7, 2005)

Good album, but Sadness Prevails and Diagram For Healing are still better.

trolley (June 6, 2004)

I absolutely love these guys. I'm only disappointed that they are opening for Finger 11 here, so I have to pay more to see them, but it will still be work every penny.

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

No Motiv is the most underrated band I can think of. I hope these guys finally get the attention they deserve. This album is damn good but, I liked A Diagram for Healing better.

Katie4213 (February 2, 2004)

no motive deserves the support from the x-games. vagrant is totally hooking them up, and that is awesome. this album is pretty decent too, i enjoy it.

mrwaffles (February 2, 2004)

X-Games in general suck the cock. Whenever I want to see some quality snowboarding, I have to sit through "Skier X Racing" and fucking motocross on snowmobiles.

Anonymous (February 2, 2004)

ok grammer fag. and age does usually matter, theres literature supporting that. throughout the history of rock music, the best bands have written their best works in their mid to late 20's, after that it usually goes down hill, gets boring, stagnant, redundant or overly experimental. and before that it is usually undeveloped and immature sounding. look through your cd collection and tell me otherwise, there are exceptions, but overall, mid 20's is the best time for songwriting, look at the beatles.

Anonymous (February 1, 2004)

" might pick this up out of curiosity to see if they delivered on the potential heard on their last album, their 24 now and should be coming into their own as songwriters."

it's they're not their.
age doesn't always mean much either

Anonymous (February 1, 2004)

hahaha bandwidth

Anonymous (January 31, 2004)

The score is for the review.

Considering this band has put out multiple releases, all with a different style or sound on each of them, for people who might be interested in this record, it would have been great to get a review on what it sounds like.

Nice try, but get fucked.

notfeelingcreative (January 30, 2004)

This band needs to be baker acted!

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

I wish you were sexually active enough to contract herpes. I hate you.
twat

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

is that supposed to be a pussy? if it is u r fucked up!

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

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Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

"Actually sickboi, I just want to work for an independently-owned club and book shows and small concerts."

so young, so refreshing, so naive. when the money comes calling, you'll answer, don't worry. there's no need to worry about credibility here.

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

The song Brand New Day from that Vagrant dvd was what introduced me to No Motiv.....finally a year and a half later it comes out on cd and they had to change it.....fuck......but the new version is still the best song on the cd so it's all good.

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

and to kiss artists asses whenever the chance presents itself.

inagreendase (January 29, 2004)

Actually sickboi, I just want to work for an independently-owned club and book shows and small concerts.

aubin (January 29, 2004)

I thought the concept for the review was pretty cool... and I'm fairly sure this a record review so post-graduate experience probably isn't required.

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

So in other words, you want to be either a slimeball A&R rep, or a filthy agent?

Money sounds good to me too.

-sickboi

inagreendase (January 29, 2004)

"What's with all this "I have an english degree" shit"

For the record, I'm majoring in sport/event/entertainment management...which is hospitality.

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

those son of a bitches at best buy charged me twice for this. Now I'm gonna have to wait like 45 minutes in thier shitty ass return lane. FUCK. It is a really good cd though a definte step up from their past two releases. And the reviews not bad, I don't like it but it's not bad.

-Carl Winslow

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

i think the review is really good. its obvious he is a fan of the band, and he is familiar enough with the old material to see the connection. he is just trying to comment on the bands progression (which is hard enough to do given that each one of their albums have different sounds and themes). the psychobabble may have been a little too much, but it doesn't replace the fact that the review is solid and full of content. i liked it almost as much as i like this album. i bought it yesterday, and its amazing.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

this review sucks balls. you seem like your trying to write a really intelligent review when really its stupid and one of the crappiest reviews i've ever seen.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

""i agree these guys don't get much attention, but cmon, they arent in the same league as alk3, saves the day or the get up kids"

You're right, they're not. They're better. Way better."

FUCK YEA!!! i totally agree!

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

review = gay

heelturn (January 28, 2004)

i liked the review. i don't like the band.

dignin (January 28, 2004)

I'm digging the holga(or equivelant) picture on the cover, not because it's a good picture, but because Holgas rule.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

these dorks opened for the suicide machines here recently. talk about terrible. i couldnt tell where the songs ended and began. plus the singer opens up his eyes really big to try and look "intense." he just looks constipated. stop wasting bandwith on these clowns.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

using big words is so overated you narcisistic assholes

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

If you kids can't understand such big words as Cynical or Trauma then go fuck yaselves ya bastards. Great review. At least someone around here that visits this site a lot gave a nice, refreshing outlook on a new album. How can you find this difficult to understand? If you lazy shits took more than a minute to read it then you could learn something. Oh yeah. I'm on the computer responding to some well respected kids at some punk website. I must be so awesome myself. later fags.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

Wow someone tries to do something interesting with a review and everyone just complains up the wazoo. Thats all anyone does here...complain. In fact, I'm compplaning about the complaining. woo hoo!!!

-kyle

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

What a shity ass review. What's with all this "I have an english degree" shit. Preface.....fucking come on. People want emotion. Not mindless college speak.

FortyMinutesWest (January 28, 2004)

The cover reminds me of the last As Hope Dies CD. As Hope Dies smokes this band.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

i agree. the old "brand new day" song rocked. but since i don't own a copy of that, the new one is just fine.

Ramo

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

garbage review. someone translate it into english please

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

"i think they definitely nailed it on the album."

That's cool, but what happened to the mix after the bass bridge/phaser part? When it kicks back into the chorus the bass is at a completely lower level and sounds thin.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

To all you critics who are so quick to judge adversely, may we please see you write a review, a record, a song, a guitar riff, or anything creative for that matter, that's worthy of the greatness you so desperately are in search of? This is not a rhetorical question.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

I actually agree about Brand New Day and I also think the Into The Darkness demo from a year ago had some good things the album version has since changed

soulbleed (January 28, 2004)

this cd rules. not as good as 'diagram' though.

btw, last time i checked, saves the day wasn't on vagrant.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

to the guy complaining about brand new day... the first real version they recorded for the album (after the demo) was actually much slower and less punchy. the label then asked them to go back and re-record the song for a more radio friendly sound... and when it comes down to it, thats what the final album version of the song is. i actually think the demo sounded way too poppy (seeing how it was produced by john feldmann of goldfinger). i think they definitely nailed it on the album.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

The score is for the 4/4 time.

lieutenant (January 27, 2004)

For fuck's sake! I have no issue with Inagreendase's reviews, however I would really prefer some greater variety with the new batch of reviews! While I have no problem with them, I will admit that his writing is not exactly that favorable to myself personally; I really am a greater fan of the work from other staff reviewers. Now I know this is not quite my place as no service is owed to me, and that other reviewers may not have as much time, but really, lately the new reviews seem to be dominated by a noteable amount of user submitted reviews spliced with a few from Inagreendase.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

These dudes put songs together much more effectively than Hey Mercedes. Both bands are great, but I'd have to give the edge to No Motiv.

Again, if it hadn't been for the crappy mix on 'Brand New Day' I'd be raving about this album uncontrollably.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

three observations:

1. i couldn't tell you which was worse, hearing the latest offspring or this on the x-games.

2. whoever made the point about vagrant's promotional decisions is right, these guys don't get any attention - its because vagrant realizes that they have to promote better albums like the new get up kids offering more than this. ugh.

3. well, when i think about it, this isn't the horrible offspring song that i kept hearing on the x-games. so that's a plus.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

the production is bad in the sense that its too clean and really heavy on the guitars, similar to alkaline's good mourning. i also heard some echoing of the voice, kind of lame...

not as good as a lot of their previous stuff, but still solid.

hey mercedes is def better than no motiv(to the guy way below)

-schwab

flummo (January 27, 2004)

If I thought "Sadness" and "Diagram" were mediocre Face to Face sounding albums, would this one change my mind? Seriously, because I try to like this band, but I haven't been able to get into them.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

I saw them on tour opening for alkaline, i gotta say they kicked ass, def better than the shit that followed- FATA, and reggie. And they like jawbreaker, or so ive heard from the good people at buddyhead and that sits well with me.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

I like the record. Just bought it today.

I'm just extremely disappointed in the new mix/recording of 'Brand New Day.' The original version that has been out for the past year or so (on the Vagrant DVD and sampler) was much more intense than the one on this record. Great song. Horrible weak mix.

'Into The Darkness' and 'Laid To Rest' border on Hoobastank territory. That's kinda scary. That's not exactly what I expected. Thank god it's just evident on these 2 songs.

Overall, I think it rocks. My anticipation was so insane for this though that I must say that it didn't live up to all of my expectations. I'll get over it.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

yea i did kinds think of CKY when i heard that song. def. not much like the rest of the album, that song sounds pretty much like their shot at the big time

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

I've only heard 3 songs from this album so far, but they were really damn good.

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

yea i have a degree in psych from pitt, your review rely's heavily on bullshit. definately wouldnt fly as a real psychoanalysis.


Pitt Basketball?

FUCK YEAH!

- Kirby

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

just be sure to shout "NAAAAAAARDCORE!!!!" when you see them play. they love it. really.

--Cos

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

Into the darkness is a really good song

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

"i agree these guys don't get much attention, but cmon, they arent in the same league as alk3, saves the day or the get up kids"

You're right, they're not. They're better. Way better.

inagreendase (January 27, 2004)

"Into The Darkness is going to be the theme song for the 2004 Olympics"

Uh dude, sure you're not thinking of the 2004 WINTER X-GAMES? There is a HUGE difference between the two.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

They'll be getting attention soon considering that Into The Darkness is going to be the theme song for the 2004 Olympics. No, it's not a rumor. And I think this just sounds like CKY or something. I didn't like old No Motiv very much and it's better than this.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

yea its ok, about as good as the last one. this one is a little more heavy/rock oriented (i guess the foo fighters comparison is ok) and less pop punk but i wouldnt call it dark and at least they didnt decide to scream in the breakdowns like every other band these days jumping on the taking back thursday bandwagon. the vocal melodies are a little more sophisticated. it reminds me alot of unwritten law, if all their songs sounded like 'seein red', the guys voice sounds real similar on this album. sorta hey mercedes like too.

inagreendase (January 27, 2004)

"you like these guys but consider the Little Killers monotonous? Get your head out of your ass. These fat pieces of shit put me to sleep live."

You do realize you're comparing a six-song live set from three different albums to one studio-recorded album?

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

now i know why vagrant delayed this album. it's actually good. it's very moody and has a little foo fighters mix in as well.

Ramo
(it's a brand new day/and you're in my way)

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

the whole album is up for free streaming at vh1.con. check it out.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

Oh jesus, you like these guys but consider the Little Killers monotonous? Get your head out of your ass. These fat pieces of shit put me to sleep live.

By the way, the next trend is coming, be prepared to board.

-BSD

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

i agree these guys don't get much attention, but cmon, they arent in the same league as alk3, saves the day or the get up kids. i will say they are better than hey mercedes or moneen, who probably get more attenion than them. i know the new saves the day is misunderstood and not liked by most fans (i for one love it, but 3 years ago i would have said it is shit) but nothing no motiv has written holds a candle to stay what you are or through being cool.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

To the last guy;

You're absolutely right. Case in point, Saves the Day. Ugh. No Motiv fucking blows shit outta the water.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

i always feel bad for this band. they work really hard and put out super good records and they get 1/25 of the attention that other, worse bands on the same label get

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

haha. yeah. shut up about your education. this is music. pipe down fools.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

To the cunt below, thanks for clearing that up, poindexter.

-sickboi

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

yea i have a degree in psych from pitt, your review rely's heavily on bullshit. definately wouldnt fly as a real psychoanalysis.

as for no motiv, their first album sucked both in recording quality and bland songwriting save maybe 'the waiting hurt' or 'nostalgia'

the second album was better,but many of the songs again seemed to fall flat and some of the more 'rockin' songs sounded like face to face covers with a different singer (maybe something to do with trevor keith producing it), however, 'throw in the towel' and 'get a life' blew anything off the first album out of the water and there were a handful of other strong tracks, but i would put them a tier below other dark emo pop bands (maybe in the same tier as hot rod circuit or moneen...hmm, vagrant records) but not in the same tier as say, saves the day or get up kids or alk3 (vagrant again kids)

i might pick this up out of curiosity to see if they delivered on the potential heard on their last album, their 24 now and should be coming into their own as songwriters.

Rhythm (January 27, 2004)

seriously, i'm more of a fan of this band having listened to this.

inagreendase (January 27, 2004)

In anticipation of questioning:

1) No, I'm not a psychology major.

2) Yes, I know it's obvious.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

wheres the review for the new inspection 12 record. its getting older by the day. soon i wont be able to call it new

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

really stupid review.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

id just like to be the first to say that bob smells like a fricken taco, i think he sleeps in jalepono beds cuz i just wanna put lettuce on him and eat him up... hes so poor that he eats only like twice a day... and tahts pushing it!..you know your a fricken texican

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