AOTY 2021

Billy Cobb (Bear Album)

Billy Cobb - Billy Cobb (Bear Album)
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2021 Ratings: #523
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People keep comparing this to Weezer when honestly it feels a lot more like POST-era Jeff Rosenstock mixed with Pavement if Stephen Malkmus was really fucking sad all the time. I've only chanced upon some of Billy Cobb's EPs from last year but none of them had songwriting or riffs as hard-hitting and standout as on the Bear Album.

Favorite tracks: It Takes Two to Tango, so What's That Guy Doing Here? , You'll Find Her Eventually, Zuzu's Pedals
Least Favorite: Lost Boys, Don't Bivouac Here
Billy Cobb picks up right where he left off last year (with his AMAZING string of EPs) and delivers a really solid little emo-inspired record.

He has quickly become one of my favorite artists to emerge out of the underground lately and I wish him all the success in the world!

This kid is special!
Though the Weezer influences are still very clear on Bear Album, it's the first LP from Billy I've heard that really sounds like his own, in contrast to the likes of the Zerwee duology.

Fav Tracks: Zuzu Pedals; Bobby Hipp; It Takes Two to Tango, so What's That Guy Doing Here?
Least Fav Track: You'll Find Her Eventually

Often the 20s are seen as the best times of your life, while the teen years are seen as angst ridden and the later years are full of responsabilities. But the 20s come with their own problems like finding love and finding your place in the world. Billy Cobb seems to sing about these themes. He yells "Don't expect your life to go the way you want" in the final track, encapsulating the ultimate realization of early adulthood: things dont always go as planned.
this is a really cute and fun little record! the songwriting is pretty good and the mixing isn't half bad. tbh i think the drums could use a little work as a big nitpick for me was how loud the snare was mixed into everything but i can look past that and appreciate this for what it is. good job billy cobb
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Track List

  1. You'll Find Her Eventually
  2. Trust Me
  3. Zuzu's Pedals
  4. Hiraeth
  5. It Takes Two to Tango, so What's That Guy Doing Here
  6. Bobby Hipp
  7. Lead The Way, I Hope You Don't Know Where You're Going
  8. Lost Boy's, Don't Bivouac Here
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Added on: January 8, 2021