Sea of Worry

Have a Nice Life - Sea of Worry
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2019 Ratings: #599 / 625
User Score
Based on 286 ratings
2019 Ratings: #755
November 8, 2019 / Release Date
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The Flenser / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

74
Pitchfork

Beneath the metallic sheen of goth rock, the cult band’s third album addresses the disquieting anxieties of adulthood with vengeful indignation.

65
Spectrum Culture

The songs on Sea of Worry are a bit duller than the invigorating, draining and explosive songs presented on previous projects, but still serves as the grown-up, easy to access version of a group that is yet to release anything not worth your while.

60
Kerrang!

Have A Nice Life’s third album is more accessible than you might expect from the Connecticut shoegazers’ miserabilist reputation.

56
Sputnikmusic

Sea of Worry becomes something I never thought I’d label Have a Nice Life: predictable.

30
The Needle Drop

Sea of Worry is by a mile HANL's stalest, least imaginative album yet.

PipePanic
90
EDIT: Everyone who liked my review: @rippingrecords on Instagram has blatantly STOLEN this review (https://www.instagram.com/p/B42pgrdB2pL/). I spend a lot of effort on this review. Report him as Spam if you need. :)

And here we see AOTY stans riot. Everyone's favorite shoegaze bitches are back with their version of a punk record.

You already know how this goes. It's Have a Nice Life! Creators of two fantastic shoegaze records that have been a STAPLE in nearly every AOTY list for 'best albums ... read more
Inglume
50
There are two things in this world that just can't seem to get along: a cohesive album and Sea of Worry.

This time around, HANL seems to have dived belly-first into the cold waters of the Sea of Worry with little sense of direction. With respects to coherency, it seems to be this album's Achilles Heel, blurring a lot of the great ideas it had going for it with its teaser tracks. While HANL may deliver commendable lyrical moments and solid performances here and there, the result is still a ... read more
Beeyyaahh
40
Ahh, Sea of Worry, the ultimate “Hey, what if we tried this?” Where the band delves into new territory, while not forgetting their roots, only to create a horrific amalgamation of 7 tracks, which aren’t abysmal in their individual sense, but come together to create the most disappointing album I’ve heard for some time.

Devoid of substance, quirk, and punch, Sea of Worry is HANL’s venture into punk. Which I can’t even say is incredibly new, TUW had plenty of ... read more
BuffaloStaple
44
damn these guys are sounding like some real boomers rn ngl
Mol
73
If you stripped the emotion and nihilism out of Deathconsciousness, you would be left with this rather cookie-cutter shoegaze album. It's fine to vibe to, some of the verses are catchy, and I'm spacing out to it in class. After The Unnatural World, I'm not sure if high expectations are fair for HANL. Deathconsciousness was a rare album that captured the best of all their qualities, and likely will not be replicated again. I guess we have to just accept HANL for who they are now.

(Sick album ... read more
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Track List

  1. Sea of Worry
  2. Dracula Bells
  3. Science Beat
  4. Trespassers W
  5. Everything We Forget
  6. Lords of Tresserhorn
  7. Destinos
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