Thursday, 27 November 2014

#10: The Hotelier - Home, Like Noplace Is There

Emo's back! Which emo? Too poppy for the emotional hardcore scene of late '80s Washington, D.C.; too polished for the early '90s of Cap'n Jazz and the rest of the Midwestern scene. I'm going to be honest: we're probably closer to Jared Leto country here. But don't let that put you off the incredible songwriting craft here. 'An Introduction to the Album' is something of an understatement, building the song's sublime melody into a full-band jam to yell along to as it climaxes. From there it's nothing but slick emo-rock brilliance, as one track segues into another and several 'woah oh oh' chants rise and fade. 'Your Deep Rest' almost jumps the shark, an impossibly dramatic song about a protagonist who 'called in sick from your funeral' and contemplates the formalities associated with such occasions altogether, bringing to mind My Chemical Romance and their equally ridiculous 'Helena' in the process. If all that sounds a little pretentious and adolescent to you, your best course is to steer clear. But if you ever held a secret guilty pleasure for Taking Back Sunday, you could be in for a treat.

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