Goodness

The Hotelier - Goodness
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2016 Ratings: #52 / 764
User Score
Based on 232 ratings
2016 Ratings: #223
May 27, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Tiny Engines / Label
Emo, Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

What makes Goodness feel like a true album instead of just a very good collection of songs is how much all of these aspects establish a mood from which the band never breaks.

90
Spin

Goodness is a spiritually rich listen, but none of it would matter much if it weren’t such a goddamn great rock album.

90
Exclaim!

Goodness is less immediate than its predecessor, Home, Like Noplace Is There. Gone is the tension, the nervous energy and the burning pain, replaced instead with a warm glow — a fullness. Here, the Hotelier showcase their growth, emphasizing how they have changed and developed as humans and as musicians.

83
Consequence of Sound

This music is powerful, eliciting physical responses, the feelings located in different parts of the body that the brain may otherwise tune out — arm hair bristling or the pulse booming in the ears. 

80
Pitchfork

For as riotous as it can sound, Goodness is remarkably precise in how it plays with dynamics and layers.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Even on Goodness, which is mellower and more mature than their last album, there is still a fieriness to everything the band does.

80
AllMusic
Whether or not the Hotelier fully identify with the emo-revivalist tag that has been thrust upon them, they've created an intense and affecting rock album that can be accessed and understood across genre lines.
75
Pretty Much Amazing

This record is well-written and has a strong emotional core, and while Goodness doesn’t match the raw feeling or sincerity of Home, Like Noplace Is There, it’s well worth the time of any self-respecting emo junkie.

70
Rolling Stone

Raw-hearted bursts of bald guitar churn backing lyrics that hunger for meaning in terms that'd be corny if the music didn't hit so hard.

60
DIY

Holding ‘Goodness’ up as a direct counterpart to ‘Home, Like Noplace Is There’ is unfair; it’s a sprawling record which reveals itself more slowly and with greater subtlety, opposed to ‘Home…”s immediate punch.

musicmagpie55
81
This is one of the albums I wish I could give my teenage self. It took me by complete surprise the first time I heard it because I was not expecting to find such a fun update to the emo-tinged, pop-punk music of my youth. The album opens with this kind of cheesy spoken word track. I was worried the entire thing would drip with a forced sincerity that would wear on me quickly. Once I realized the title was random GPS coordinates, I was ready to call it a day. This album seemed a little too into ... read more
MinatoArisato
65
A fairly good emo album with just a little to much filler.

Best Track: Soft Animal
Worst Track: Opening Mail For My Grandmother
PcPowerUp
95
This finally clicked with me! full review coming soon
exception
62
I expected more, but it could've been a lot worse. The singer seemed to be much too calm compared to the instrumentals, and even those were rather tame. Not really worth another listen honestly.
mjv1214
100
Despite the split ratings for this track, I think that this deserves to be known for many years to come. A lot of good came out of this track and I would even say that it is better than Home on all levels. This is clearly not supposed to be Home so stop comparing it. Anyways, yeah lmao.
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Track List

  1. -- (N 43° 59' 38.927
  2. Goodness, Pt. 2
  3. Piano Player
  4. -- (N 43° 33' 55.676
  5. Two Deliverances
  6. Settle the Scar
  7. Opening Mail for My Grandmother
  8. -- (N 42° 6' 3.001
  9. Soft Animal
  10. Sun
  11. You in This Light
  12. Fear of Good
  13. End of Reel
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