Have a Nice Life - Sea of Worry

Sea of Worry

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PipePanic
83
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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
41
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
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
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
Supertartory
100
So I've been so excited for this since the day it was announced, but did it live up to the hype? Some say no, I'm not some.

This isn't Deathcon 2. This album knows that and doesn't try to be Deathcon 2, similar to how The Unnatural World knows it's not Deathcon 2 and does its own this. This album is a lot slower than The Unnatural World but still has its moments of speed, especially in songs like Trespassers W, Dracula Bells and the Title Track. The album tackles in a multitude of sounds while ... read more
JustSomeGuy
54
I can't tell if I have just gotten stricter, or if everyone has lowered their standards because it's the people who made Deathconsciousness.

I had absolutely no expectations going into this. When I heard that Have A Nice Life were gonna release a new album, I was much more skeptical than I was excited. Deathconsciousness quickly became one of my all time favourite albums, and, although I rarely listen to it due to the emotional impact it usually has on me, it still remains one of the best ... read more
Plats
86
I'm never expecting another release from Have a Nice Life to be on the exact same level as "Deathconsciousness", an album that is slowly but surely becoming one of my favorites of all time. They're only human, like us. "Sea of Worry" surely isn't a Deathcon 2.0, but it was never intended to be. They still retain that signature post-punk/shoegaze sound, with Giles Corey's cryptically depressing lyrics and everything in the mix being cleansed with reverb. The big difference ... read more
WhatTheFunk
40
This is just another post-punk album that will get lost in the sea of other post-punk albums.

Reverb lovers, enjoy! One of the most atypical duets of recent years is back. The very enigmatic cult American duo, Have A Nice Life, is completely unclassifiable, even if shoegaze, drone and post-punk are probably among their favorite night infusions. Remained very mysterious while having received almost unanimous positive reviews, Dan Barrett/Tim Macuga saga gave the impression of having been left ... read more
zachthesnack
57
Though still spectacular at times, Have A Nice Life’s latest record fails to hold the same merit as any of their previous work
Strangelightsyd
40
Literally the only thing that makes this recognizable as a hanl album is the vocals. Everything else feels like any other rock album. Seriously, where did all the interesting parts of their music go? I'm all for band's changing their sound and growing, but when the change takes away almost every aspect of your music that made you so special and interesting, it's hard to encourage it.
GeMann
60
This album is far from bad. I enjoyed it a fair amount. But it doesn't come anywhere near the previous 2 records. The guy who was rambling on about hell on Destinos was pretty annoying as well. Also, a significant portion of what was on here kind of just blended together into a sort of slop. Not a swampy stew, but more like a lukewarm pizza. I liked it, but it could have been way better.
ACreativeName
35
yo these guys straight up vibed so hard they forgot to make a good album lmao thats crazy bro
loudnormie101
35
This was

Extremely dissapointing

In fact it might be the biggest disappointment of the year
Everything outside of the title track (which isn’t even that amazing) and lords felt extremely bland, boring, or just bad. Like Dracula bells was cool in the first half but went on too long, science beat is a bad song, trespassers W was extremely boring, everything we forget just fucking sucks, and Destinos was an extremely uninteresting and dissapointing ending. Seriously, the first 5 and a ... read more
RakkSmells
58
Took me a while to finally come back to this one and review it, and... it's kinda cool I guess. There are some pretty solid tracks on here, the performances are pretty good and... gee, I'm running out of things to say here. I just can't find an awful lot to dissect here. If we remove the Have A Nice Life name from this we'd just get your run of the mill post-punk album with an ambient track, shoegaze, and a 13 minute track at the end with a spoken word addition about the existence of Satan. ... read more
TheBoredCritic
83
What is surely one of the most pessimistic bands of the new millennium delivers a polished and round work in which they build something new under the standards of their own myth. A return to nihilism in which they have always remained, but now with a bright spot. Fatherhood, in addition to condemning them to infinite concerns, has given them the ability to enjoy and imagine other possible destinations. An album full of energy that does not discard the tangle of noise and atmosphere that ... read more
JohnLouisHoward
91
this is way better than fine. edgy bois will whinge and posture about it but so it goes. sort of a back-handed compliment to hold a superior band to such impossibly high standards. Jeff Mangum take note.
NorthEasy
35
Not even compared to deathcon, but this album fuckin sucks.
TomMusicReviews
NR
This is gonna be fucking terrible
pahcy
41
While HANL’s return has reasonably good intentions in concept, a lack of impressive music makes this lackluster
FritoRio
72
That moment when the least popular album is your favorite
geanluka
30
17.2.2021

This is really not your average depressing Have A Nice Life album. It feels much more like a experimental album, but it feels to lacklustre to get a better score. The first tracks sounds like some indie rock songs.
notanalt
70
:)
CLJesse
62
I wish this was better.
dumbmoonlight
50
Why does "Sea of Worry"'s intro sounds like Dr. Mario's soundtrack song? Oh, well.

I'm not sure if it's right to expect something from Have a Nice Life's "Sea of Worry". In fact, most 2019 releases after June have been so boring (except my beloved child, "Feel Special"), I honestly don't know if anything is truly worth waiting for. This album is the epitome of bland rock/punk music, like a tattoo-less moto biker. Maybe in 20 years we'll all be returning to this ... read more
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