Joyce Manor - Cody
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2016 Ratings: #400 / 947
User Score
Based on 82 ratings
2016 Ratings: #353
Liked by 1 person
October 7, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Epitaph / Label / Website
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Sigh...I've had this record on repeat for days now, and you know what I've been able to get out of it? Absolutely nothing. All these songs are just so carelessly thrown together and they sound so similar. At the end of each listen, It felt like I had just listened to some other rock band's extra tracks thrown in a blender and this mess was the final result. It was just so difficult to pull any complex thoughts or opinions out of this album.

There was one song that seemed to have its own sound ... read more
I found the instrumentals on the album from front to back to be really solid. Sure on some songs they seemed like cheesy rock songs, but they're good nevertheless. The vocals are underwhelming on some parts, and the lyrics are all over the place on some songs. Which keep me from enjoying it more than a 69/100. Still has some pretty good songs tho on the album nonetheless.

Best Songs: This Song Is A Mess But So Am I, Over Before It Began, Fake I.D.
It seems decent enough as a power pop/garage punk record while it’s on, but if you listen even slightly more attentively, overly melodic and sterile guitar lines and atypical, whiny, melodramatic emo lyrics do a great disservice to a band that built it’s name on uninhibited energy and topical songwriting. Disappointingly safe and bland.

After defining their sound with “Never Hungover Again” and recording their new album with big producer Rob Schnapf (who’s worked with Beck, Elliot Smith, Guided by Voices),” Cody,” should be this year’s clear MVP in Pop Punk, but instead, Joyce Manor safely satisfies without putting their necks on the line.

2014 was a big year for Joyce Manor. They signed on with Epitaph Records and put out their most successful album thus far, “Never Hungover ... read more
The first and last tracks are pretty good but the rest is just zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Track List

  1. Fake I.D. 
  2. Eighteen
  3. Angel In The Snow
  4. Do You Really Want To Not Get Better? 
  5. Last You Heard Of Me
  6. Make Me Dumb 
  7. Over Before It Began 
  8. Reversing Machine
  9. Stairs
  10. This Song Is A Mess But So Am I 

Year End Lists

#10/A.V. Club
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Added on: August 8, 2016