Now or Whenever

Spector - Now or Whenever
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Based on 7 reviews
2022 Ratings: #19 / 23
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Based on 164 ratings
2022 Ratings: #48
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After an enforced eighteen months away, the Moth Boys have emerged from their chrysalis having swollen their already enviable setlist with a clutch of new bangers to parade on their autumn tour; time to get in the mixer.

Now Or Whenever doesn’t feel like natural progression when held up against Moth Boys and earlier debut Enjoy It While It Lasts from 2012, but its ability to have you singing along in very little time at all is an impressive quality.


Spector strike between the two eras of their sound, tempering all out alternative bravado with yearningly bittersweet baritone-crooning ballads.


Spector is showing us the softer side of indie but still with their slap-in-the-face guitar we’ve come to know and love.


Now or Whenever sees them turn over a new leaf and see things differently, but those same Spector idiosyncrasies are still scattered throughout—it’s exactly that that makes each release so special.

Record Collector

There are enough alternative floorfillers here to show Spector should keep plugging away until whenever the world is ready to let them back in.

The Line of Best Fit

So much is happening on Now Or Whenever, but it somehow adds up to even less than the sum of its parts.


Lads, I hate to break it to you, but it is 2022 now, and the music you are making already sounded dated back in 2012. It is records like "Now or Whenever" that will remind you as to why indie rock fell off. There is an incredible lack of progression on display when it comes to most albums coming out in the genre. Nothing that is only 35 minutes long should be able to bore you, but Spector certainly manages to do so.


The guitar work and the lead singer's voice makes this sounds like an Interpol album but significantly more upbeat. Unfortunately, the instrumentals, while technically well-executed, can sound pretty generic and even anachronistic. The guitar generally doesn't go hard enough to provide any real grittiness or tension either. It's an enjoyable listen but I'm not likely to come back to it anytime soon.

Favourite Tracks: Catch You On The Way Back In, Funny Way Of Showing It, Bad Summer, An ... read more


Já conhecido meu por sua péssima capa, agora, o mais novo projeto da banda 'Spector' - 'Now or Whenever' - passa também a ser conhecido por sua baixa qualidade. Ô, baixa qualidade! Da mesma forma como fora mostrado através da água escorrendo para baixo, o álbum apresenta um trabalho decadente. É chato, repetitivo e sem nenhuma originalidade. 'Now or Whenever' é irritante, muito irritante. Sendo os culpados por esse crime o vocalista, ... read more


Catch You On The Way Back In - 3
Do You Wanna Drive - 5
Norwegian Air - 5
Funny Way Of Showing It - 5
No One Knows Better - 4
Im Not Crying Your Crying - 4
Bad Summer - 5
D-Roy - 5
This Time Next Year - 5
An American Warehouse In London - 6


This album was really nothing special. The lead singer was some pretty nice vocals, but the mediocre production kind of drags this album down. This sounds like any other Indie album, and if you told me this came out ten years ago I would believe it. There were a few songs in the middle that I liked, but overall it was a little disappointing.
Fav songs: Norwegian Air, Funny Way of Showing It, I’m Not Crying You’re Crying


No, it’s definitely not original enough to be remembered, the songs sound pretty samey after a while, and the ending “An American Warehouse in London” isn’t the epic six-minute showstopper it tries to be. Still, there’s no reason to dislike this harmless piece of pub rock. “In some ways, it’s our first proper guitar album,” frontman Fred Macpherson stated in an interview, and even if there’s nothing here quite as exhilarating as the ... read more

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Added on: June 1, 2021