AOTY 2017
You're Not As ______ As You Think
Sorority Noise - You're Not As ______ As You Think
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #145 / 653
User Score
Based on 93 ratings
2017 Ratings: #51
March 17, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Triple Crown / Label
Emo, Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The 405

It’s emotionally rich, and intelligent, and purposeful, and firmly cohesive; that such divergent realms of ideas not only coagulate but conduce is truly remarkable.

90
Alternative Press

It’s an album that holds nothing back. Musically, it’s nuanced but raw, explosive but restrained, matched only by the torrent of unapologetic emotion of Boucher’s subject matter.

89
Paste

YNA_AYT is without a doubt the best work of Sorority Noise’s still-nascent career, and an early frontrunner for one of the best albums of 2017. It is emotionally complex, yet full of uplifting melodies that feel designed to pull the listener — or at least Boucher — out of the dark corners of the mind.

80
Exclaim!

With an aching, plainspoken delivery, Boucher contemplates faith and mortality in the face of tragedy and mourning.

80
DIY

Where Sorority Noise really shine here is through the songs that evolve to embody their every dynamic.

80
God Is in the TV

What sits beneath is dark, complex and mesmerically beautiful; it’s almost too blissfully unique.

80
Pitchfork

Sorority Noise know brutal honesty can be uncomfortable, but they employ it so well on their latest album, a rafter-reaching emo record about the raw stages of grief and loneliness.

75
A.V. Club

It’s a pop album steeped in the traditions of post-Brand New emo and pop punk, with big, layered choruses offset by minimalist bridges, all in service of a record that’s basically a how-to guide for grief.

70
AllMusic

Tonally falling somewhere between Joy, Departed and It Kindly Stopped for Me, the album's blunt confessionalism doesn't always make for an inviting world, but is nothing if not completely honest.

46
Sputnikmusic

You’re Not As ___ As You Think feels like the conclusion to something that was never started in the first place, it hasn’t earned any of the things it takes without asking, it’s a shallow pretender desperately fumbling in the deep end, and it’s an unfortunate development for a band that used to write dumb, fun songs about girls.

Nov 14, 2017
blinkclyro
90
When a band are doing this alongside genuinely fantastic songwriting, you can’t help but feel they’re a bit special. YNAAYT is unlikely to be the band’s crowning achievement, however. With the talent they have, they should top this record, and with that will hopefully come the notoriety and wide acclaim they deserve.

Don’t let this gem go unnoticed, albums of this quality deserve to be heard.
Sep 5, 2017
VinylHound83
96
No Halo - 10/10
A Portrait Of - 10/10
First Letter From St. Sean - 10/10
A Better Sun - 10/10
Disappeared - 10/10
Car - 8/10
Where Are You? - 10/10
Second Letter from St. Julien - 8/10
Leave the Fan On - 10/10
New Room - 10/10

Overall Rating: 96 out of 100 = 96%

Overall Opinion: It's heartbreaking, emotional and above all else an important album. Describing the album in 1 word: HEALING
Aug 21, 2017
93
Boucher's lyrics are always heartfelt and poetic, and while this album has its share of cheesy moments (The house/mouse line comes to mind), it never feels disingenuous. While Old Gray has always and probably will always feel more raw, the fact that this album is able to convey the messages of mourning and celebration of life that it is able to without ever becoming overly bleak or overly energetic is perhaps its most impressive quality, reaching a sonic blend of sounds that hits that ... read more
Aug 18, 2017
maciek91
70
Oh my, how I enjoyed this album. And enjoyed it since the first listen. I know, it’s not an art-rock, album-of-the-year magnificent achievement. It’s not even artistically advanced that much. But I just love it. Long live authentic American punk rock, which stays true to its pop roots, while delivering a desperate, yet optimistic message.

Your Not As _____ As You Think is this kind of album that have coherency that blends nostalgia, despair, but also hope, faith, optimism despite ... read more
Aug 16, 2017
MidlineTV
80
more like crescendo noise
END OF YEAR LISTS
#15/BLARE
#16/Stereogum
#33/Uproxx
#52/Earbuddy
/Alternative Press
Track List
  1. No Halo
  2. A Portrait Of
  3. First Letter From St. Sean
  4. A Better Sun
  5. Disappeared
  6. Car
  7. Where Are You?
  8. Second Letter from St. Julien
  9. Leave the Fan On
  10. New Room
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, philthy, patton


Added on: February 2, 2017