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Nancy: The Fear of Missing OutThe Fear of Missing Out (2007)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: BJRBJR
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Binghamton, New York holds a gem tight in its clutches, and it sure as hell isn’t the branch of SUNY there (at the risk of sounding like a college brochure). It’s a four-piece that goes by the name of Nancy. The phrase “wears their heart on their sleeve” is undoubtedly one of the most tossed around comments any writer can make about a song or album. It is almost never used correctly either, which only added to my dismay when it was one of the first things that came to mind when I thought about this record. Many artists never truly wear their proverbial heart on their proverbial sleeve or on their proverbial record for that matter. Most craft stories with their lyrics, creating characters and shying away from directly confronting their personal experiences and the sometimes less dramatic and more simplistic (boring) nature that real life events have.
I want to be your World War II, I want to affect you, I want to be your Great Depression. I want to be your Cold War, I want to defect you. I want to make an impression, but I don’t want to leave…To some this may seem like the cheesiest lyrics of all time, but I can’t help it. I was hooked. The rhythm section is almost as tight as the guitars, and that is showcased on the technical instrumental aptly titled “Fritztrumental.” In an interesting move, Phrank was allowed to be the sound engineer for the recording, allowing Nancy to fulfill their vision for this record and truly flush out their songs.
But whether it is the story of the loss of a friend or the flooding of his basement or his struggle with drugs, The Fear of Missing Out never feels disingenuous or fake. The open and forward nature of songs like “You're Dead and All I Got Was This Oil Painting” and the title track helps to make this album all the more special. Pick this release up -- it’s the hidden gem of 2007; you just had to do a little digging to find it.
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