Album Review: Sorority Noise – Joy, Departed

Joy, Departed by Sorority Noise

#aotd is Joy, Departed by Sorority Noise. Musically this album blends the energetic tempo and guitarwork of Pop-Punk and Indie-rock with the sombre lyricism and atmosphere of Emo. Even on the cheeriest sounding songs on this album the lyrics are rife with themes of self-deprecation and dealing with life’s troubles. This album isn’t bleak though, thanks to the fairly upbeat melodies on most of these songs there is always an air of hope or at least acceptance. These lyrics are written phenomenally well for the most part and manage to come from somewhere clearly personal but are also relatable. Where this album hits a brick wall for me is in the consistently unmemorable performances from every member of the band. From the vocals to the guitars there is never really a stand out moment besides the occasional good harmony. Luckily there is enough going on outside of the core performances to make it not detract too much from the experience, like the female vocals on “Noisey”. Surprisingly, the band sound better when they embrace their quieter side in favour of the louder side which dominates most of the album. This is most evident on the opener “Blissth” which opens with a sparse mix of acoustic guitar and vocals which sounds gorgeous and suitably depressing but explodes into a sloppily played guitar and drum outro. The best song on here, “Your Soft Blood”, doesn’t stick to the quieter sound but integrates the rough guitars much more smoothly and has the vocalist remaining in his much more flattering lower register which is far more dynamic than the whinier tone found on most of the hooks. There is no bad song on here, but just as Sorority Noise have a knack for writing fantastic songs (“Art School Wannabe”, “Fuchsia”, “Using”) they also have a crippling knack for writing forgettable ones (“Corrigan”, “Blissth”, “Mononokay”). Any fans of the genre should check this out because there is some songwriting and lyrical brilliance to be found within but the band fail to capitalise on their constant stream of wicked ideas.
Rating: 3.4/5

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