Buckle up kiddos, Emily has a new favorite album and you're probably never going to hear the end of it. As always, my reviews come in two phases: phase 1, I scribble down profanity-labelled nonsense that barely counts as English as a way to cope with my feelings; phase 2, I try to make some insightful comments that kind of constitute an album review.
the vocal layering
shoot me in the fucking face
I WANT TO MARRY THIS SONG
THE DROP TUNING
I THINK MY HEART STOPPED
POP SONG WITH DROP TUNING
MY BODY WILL LIE IN THE CHAMBER FOREVER
THERES THE HIGH NOTE
Let's talk about Ghost Town. There are enough vocal layers to swim through, and I would if I could. And the intro gets you thinking- oh it's a nice strings/vocal intro like on their last album, that's nice. And then, what... what... drop tuning... is that double bass drum (seriously is it?)... is that programming... is this THE BEST SONG YOU'VE HEARD IN LIKE FIFTY YEARS? It goes from pop to metalcore and back and then everything kind of congeals together and oh look I accidentally made a masterpiece. Oops.
I've listened to A Mess Made Temporary about a thousand times already, and once again, it's the layers that get you. That's a factor that's become integral in setting Messenger Down apart-- every single inch of your sonic experience is going to be covered. There are never moments of "oh, I wonder what else they could have done" because every level has been considered and executed.
Even better, roads are crisscrossed so you can take the scenic route and the fast lane at the same time. Soft vocals and hard instrumentation, and then one song flows right into the next so you're basically just cruising along on a sonic cloud passing all the traffic and congestion of lackluster songs.
I keep attempting to draw comparisons, but I can't-- for a split second I'll think Fall Out Boy, and then I'll say, no, no it's All Time Low, but that, of course, is completely wrong, it's Mayday Parade, no it isn't, it's Panic! at The Disco if they had figured their shit out after Pretty. Odd... no that's not right. And that's what makes this album so exciting, what makes me say it's got the spark that makes it my new favorite new album. There's nothing derivative but everything I know I love (and didn't know I loved).
Ten out of ten, would listen to forever.
"What Should Have Been Said" is available on iTunes August 19th, and you can keep up with Messenger Down at any of the following links:
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