The Hotelier - Goodness
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2016 Ratings: #51 / 754
User Score
Based on 191 ratings
2016 Ratings: #168
May 27, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Tiny Engines / Label
Emo, Indie Rock / Genres
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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.


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


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.

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. 


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

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.

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.
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.

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.


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.

Jun 21, 2016
Another emo revival album, by another emo revival band with more emo revival lyrics. The result of abusive trends.
May 31, 2016
On The Hotelier's third album, it starts with more urgency, more intensity and ends with some of their most complex, layered tracks. The albums only shortcoming is that it might be a hair too long in length.

Favorite tracks: Goodness, Pt. 2, Piano Player, Opening Mail for My Grandmother, Sun
Mar 2, 2017
Fav Tracks: You in This Light, Settle the Scar
Dec 12, 2016
Very underrated like usual. This album reminds me so much of the passion that made me love music. Not for everyones taste, but I love the balance between hard rock, and slowed down personal liking.

Fav Tracks; N 43 33 55.676 W 72 45 11.914, Soft Animal, Opening mail or my Grandma
Nov 6, 2016
half-baked and deeply unsatisfying
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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

Added on: March 21, 2016