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Album Review: You’re Not As _____ As You Think You Are by Sorority Noise

Sorority Noise release their third album You’re Not As _____ As You Think on 17th March via Triple Crown Records (US) and Big Scary Monsters (UK). As has been the tone since their inception in 2013, Sorority Noise write deeply personal songs – they go to uncomfortable places, unafraid to let the darkness in – but they’re also not shy at kicking back until the sorrow subsides. They’re songs of confusion, anger, life, death, mental health and, most importantly, hope. They’re what it means to be human.

You’re Not As _____ As You Think ramps up the personal and relatable tones but also continues the band’s growth. From fragile naivety of 2014’s Forgettable to the assured emo of Joy, Departed the band kick on with the new album. It takes everything that you loved about the band, harnesses it and coupled with their experiences of the last 4 years makes it something deeply affecting. Sorority Noise want to give you a sense of resilience: “No matter what I feel, it’s going to be OK,” Boucher says. “Things are going to be tough, but it’s going to be fine in the end – and you have to keep going because you just have to. This is how it’s going to be. You’ve just got to do it.”

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And that’s exactly what you get from You’re Not As _____ As You Think, it’s a real emotional rollercoaster but one that you come out of feeling defiant more confident. From opener and lead single ‘No Halo’ it is evident that this is Sorority Noise at the very top of their game. Each track allows you to become emotional invested but also lets you enjoy the subtle tones and progressive emo at the heart of the band’s sound. Where ‘No Halo’ throbs and bubbles with excellent riffs you have the fragile minimalism of ‘First Letter from St Sean’ to give you the two contrasting sides of the band. The latter takes an approach similar to label mates Foxing and excels. The delicate tones compliment Boucher’s contemplative lyrics perfectly.

That said the moments where Sorority Noise blend their introspective emo content with blustering guitars are tracks that make you fall in love with the band. The excellent triple run of ‘A Better Sun’, ‘Disappeared’ and ‘Car’ give you all the riffs and energy you could need. The first of the three is especially worthy of praise with its atmospherics and vociferous energy it comes out sounding like an improved version of Brand New. ‘Where Are You’ harnesses that energy, toning it down a tad and segueing perfectly into the masterful ‘Second Letter from St Julian’. The gentle tones and introspection build and reverberate towards a defiant crescendo full of resilience and life affirming passion.

You’re Not As _____ As You Think is completed by the measured emotion of ‘Leave The Fan On’ pulling at your heartstrings and the gentle outro of ‘New Room’ in what is without doubt Sorority Noise’s best work to date. It’s an album that you’ll connect with on several levels and one which will give you hope and strength.

AD Rating 9/10

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