This Is Not the End

Spielbergs - This Is Not the End
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2019 Ratings: #303 / 737
User Score
Based on 121 ratings
2019 Ratings: #816
February 1, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
By The Time It Gets Dark / Label
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The Line of Best Fit

As a standalone document, this is a gem of an album. However if as its title suggests, this is just the beginning, the foundations are here for something very special indeed.


On This Is Not the End, Spielbergs create a joyfully optimistic set of musically candid, emotionally transparent, effervescent indie rock anthems in waiting.


That thrill of skirting between anxiety and triumph at 1000mph is what makes this album such a joy.

Under The Radar

This is arguably the first utterly crucial rock album of 2019. More polished than the EP, but losing none of the punch that made it so special, this is a strikingly consistent collection of melodic rock songs, borrowing from the palette of '90s hard rock but adding a decidedly contemporary sheen.


On this very nice debut, Spielbergs are a tough band to pigeonhole, boasting quality writing and a hooky approach that transcends whatever sonic space they occupy at a given moment.


Spielbergs make it look easy to quicken the pulse and lift the spirit.

The 405

These guys make sincerity an artform, so immutably honest that the distinction between homage and pastiche is eroded to irrelevancy. But they also have the tunes to live up to it on This Is Not The End.


On their debut LP, the Norwegian trio emboldens their customary celebration rock by adding emphatic stretches of post-rock and power pop.

God Is in the TV

This Is Not The End ... has everything on it from the sublime to the listenable.

No Ripcord

The songwriting does suffer as a result of their walloping, impatient joy, but as Spielbergs prove, some instant gratification is always called for.

Good old angsty Rock and Roll. This record is a solid rock record if you just want to feel like angry teenager again. It isn't anything new but it does what it does pretty damn well.

Beat Track: Forevermore
Worst Track: Bad Friend
A decent showing for a debut album. Spielbergs show promise with their music but doesn't hit the mark with this one. Tracks like NFL, We are all going to die, and McDonald's (Please don't fuck up my order) are great songs and defiantly stand out. I'm excited to see what this band is gonna do in later projects.
It's great to see that rock is going strong despite mainstream views saying otherwise. Finally some emo-inspired indie rock to freshen my palate. Again, the album continues the age-old emo tradition of putting houses and badly cropped text on the album cover.

I'd say that as far as rock/emo/indie/whatever albums go, this one is pretty decent. The album starts out with 5 second of guitar, followed by the meat-and-potatoes indie-rock aesthetic of layered distorted guitars and drums drenched in ... read more
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Track List

  1. Five on It
  2. Distant Star
  3. NFL
  4. We Are All Going to Die
  5. Familiar
  6. You All Look Like Giants
  7. Bad Friend
  8. Mcdonald's (Please Don't Fuck up My Order)
  9. Sleeper
  10. 4AM
  11. S.K.
  12. Forevermore
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Added on: December 19, 2018