There’s an awful lot of hype going on about this one, at least in our little corner of the music scene and I can’t quite wrap my head around it. Don’t get me wrong this is a good album and I would have probably written it up regardless, had I found out about it on my own. While my first thought is that it’s right up my alley the more I listen the more I realize that it’s close but not quite. The pain on this one is raw, in fact, the whole album is an open wound without a bandage. Wolf said his first reaction was “(This is) An album for people who are okay with being carried out of Lucero shows“. That’s when it hit me, I both love and hate this album. I’ve been that guy, I’ve been through every single emotion on this album, I’ve lived through this break up and that’s why I love it. And that’s also why I hate it…
These are the emotions of a young man whose relationships are intense from start to finish and maybe even more so in the ending of them. I feel like this was written in the throes of the day after a …maybe-we-can-still-be-friends conversation, a bottle of cheap ass whiskey on the floor beside the bed, and a Moleskine with line after line being scribbled in anger. This is a young man’s album in that it doesn’t have a lot of introspection. The focus is mainly on the immediate and intense emotions and it really does a good job of convulsing between the depression and anger at the end of a tightly held relationship.
Lyrically this album doesn’t portray a lot of depth but I don’t think it’s supposed to. The focus is, as I have noted, on immediacy and that comes through in every song. In that aspect it’s genius but in the grand scheme of things this is break-up album from start to finish and will likely serve that purpose for many people. I also think that limits its spot in most rotations to a couple of songs here and there. That said, I know I’ve had nights where this record, an ex’s leftover clothes, a bottle of lighter fluid, and some Old Crow would have been most welcome.
I can say if you’ve recently broken up with someone or have some wounds that haven’t quite healed yet, if you’re the type that likes dredging up old ex’s whilst alone with a bottle of whiskey, doesn’t mind being carried out of Lucero shows, or if you’ve ever thought Dashboard Confessional wasn’t quite depressing and angry enough then you need to pick this one up. I think a lot of people will like this record and I’ll add a couple of songs from it to my daily playlist but I don’t think all of you will like it because there’s a very specific sort of enjoyment to be had here and I have it on good authority that not everyone revels in that.