March 29, 2023

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‘40 oz. to Fresno’ album – the nice and the dangerous

(Illustration by Cole Bertelsen | Collegian Media Group)

Joyce Manor launched its latest album, “40 oz. to Fresno,” on June 10, 2022. Whereas some listeners could discover this album to be much less distinct and artistically profound than its different albums, like “S/T” and “By no means Hungover Once more,” followers of Joyce Manor can undoubtedly depend on this album for an attention-grabbing assortment of B-side tracks.

The album’s opener, “Memento,” is profitable in displaying the band’s depth with its vary of instrumental highs and vocal lows. 

The subsequent track on the observe is “NBTSA,” brief for “by no means be the identical once more.” It’s as if the band is telling its viewers they’re evolving as a band and “could by no means be the identical [band] once more.” Even so, “NBTSA” is essentially the most streamed track on the album. This comes as no shock, because the track performs out like a traditional punk rock anthem.

“Cause to Imagine,” the third observe, is among the catchiest on the album. The gorgeous mix of lyrics, methodical instrumentals and vocals guarantee a long-lasting impression on the listener.  

Fourth on the observe checklist, “You’re Not Well-known Anymore,” is one other wonderful piece because it highlights the worry of downfall many hardworking punk bands face. Though Joyce Manor is flourishing as a band, the lyrics describe a personality who will not be as fortunate in stardom however is “working in a grocery retailer” with “no meet and greet, no UK tour.” On this track, it appears Joyce Manor is thoughtfully vocalizing its personal fears and insecurities of potential failure.

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Though “Don’t Strive” is plagued by the identical shaky, anxious rhetoric, the track’s vocals and instrumentals painting a eager for the previous days –– presumably for a time earlier than the creation of the band.

Opening with a sequence of distinctive guitar licks, “Gotta Let It Go” doesn’t disappoint. It confidently addresses the track prior, “Don’t Strive,” via a way of hopeless acceptance over the previous whereas sustaining a cheery punk sound.

Following is “Dance With Me,” a particular change in route for the rest of the album. The track strikes away from the dreary nature of Joyce Manor’s most notable lyrical elements. Because the seventh observe on the album, it focuses extra on the nice facet of life with a brilliant tune that retains the listener engaged.

“Did You Ever Know” will not be precisely a very good or dangerous track, however somewhat someplace in between. The bubbly vocals and enthusiastic instrumentals maintain the observe from flopping –– however simply barely.

Final up is the ninth observe on the album, “Secret Sisters.” This last observe is a loud conclusion to an unstable album. It’s actually not the very best on the album; it might even be categorised as one of many worst. The track’s lack of inventive lyricism and only some attention-grabbing guitar licks makes it a subpar observe.

Total, Joyce Manor’s latest album, “40 oz. to Fresno,” is sweet, however doesn’t meet the hype of the band’s earlier works. Joyce Manor goes on tour early this yr; maybe this album is healthier heard reside.

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