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Album Review: Joy, Departed by Sorority Noise

Sorority Noise release their sophomore album Joy, Departed on the 29th June (in the UK, 16th June in the US) and it marks the band out as ones to watch in the summer of 2015. More importantly though, it marks a special and unique progression from their 2014 debut Forgettable. While there were hints on their debut that Sorority Noise were more than your average American emo band, Joy, Departed propels the band out of the genre into one which is more adult and more refined.

Sorority Noise may have broken free of the shackles of the emo genre musically, yet the lyrical content is bleakly honest and emotion throughout. “There’s so many people having drug problems and a lot of bands who play it safe and don’t want to talk about it,” Boucher explains. “I think it’s important to be shown in modern music. I like to be honest about my past and talk about things that have had me down. As a lyricist, you are responsible for the people who care about your music.”

Opener ‘Blissth’ starts of gentle and laid back before exploding into a glorious piano led big alt-rock track. As far as statement of intent’s are concerned you can’t get any better and you get the feeling you’re listening to a new iteration of Sorority Noise. ‘Corrigan’ is a huge pop-rock song, the guitars have a crunching edge yet there’s a delicate and fragile quality that suckers you in. The hook is incredibly infectious and the sound is slightly reminiscent of Blue album era Weezer. ‘Flourescent Black’ is an alt-rock song of the highest standard, the quiet pianos and laid back guitars build until the track explodes into a crescendo of hooks and big sing-along moments. ‘Nosley’ has an infectious innocence about it; you can’t help but fall in love with it. Again the explosive riff at the 1 minute mark has all the hallmarks of Weezer at their very best.

When ‘Your Soft Blood’ builds and explodes into a ferocious assault of guitars you know you’re listening to something special. It marks the progression for what it is, think of how Brand New progressed and changed their sound and you’ll be on the right track. This time it comes out sounding like Manchester Orchestra at their most emotional and explosive. ‘Fuchsia’ is so delicate and emotional it could almost bring a tear to the eye, while ‘Using’ is a huge pop rock song and Sorority Noise at their most infectious. The throbbing guitars build nicely before the track detonates with a burst of crunching guitars – glorious. Album closer ‘When I See You (Timberwolf)’ is heart-wrenchingly beautiful, lyrically it tackles addiction and comes out as one of the most sincere song of 2015.

While it may take you a couple of listens to get used to this new iteration of Sorority Noise you’ll end up appreciating it for the phenomenal album it is. Compelling and enthralling from beginning to end this is Sorority Noise at their very best.

AD Rating 8.5/10

1 Comment on Album Review: Joy, Departed by Sorority Noise

  1. Awesome review, I can’t wait to hear this album! I so very nearly featured Nolsey as my first ever ‘Track Of The Week’, literally had the article written up and everything then Noiseheads went and put up a new song so I used that instead. Anyway just thought I’d say hi, and keep up the great work! 🙂

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