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Never Hungover Again
Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 15:13
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On “Never Hungover Again” Joyce Manor continue to wrap up their songs in two minutes or less, keeping everything you loved about their previous albums intact while at the same time exploring new paths. I mean, are those keyboards I hear there? Yes, they are. The result is the band’s most mature album to date while keeping things as concise as can be with 10 songs in 19 minutes.

Whether you’re listening to the 65 second blast that is “Catalina Fight Song” or The Smiths-influenced closer “Heated Swimming Pool”, these guys are delivering! The other songs linger somewhere between these two and what's even better, there’s not a stinker in sight. It’s all straightforward pop-punk stacked up against Brit-pop guitars, nasal croons leaning against loud guitars and it just keeps getting better every time you hear the album fly by. Trying to pinpoint a favorite song on “Never Hungover Again” is pretty much a waste of time. It’s the album you were hoping they would write, except that it turned out to be even better.

Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.