AOTY 2021

Can't Maintain

Andrew Jackson Jihad - Can't Maintain
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2009 Ratings: #83
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Can't Maintain is the third album from AJJ that shows them experimenting with more minimalistic sounds and a lot of heavier sounds as well whilst also talking about a love that went wrong. In my opinion I just wanna give Sean Bonnette a hug after this.

On this album he sounds so heartbroken and it seems like he is fed up with life and my god does he show it. Every single detail is shown on here and I really feel bad for the guy. His vocals aren't as bold as usual but they still turn very ... read more
*Edit: no longer my favorite ajj album.*
I think this is their best album. Maybe a controversial opinion? Sure, there are some musical detours that make me ask why, such as the kazoo sonata, but the highs are so fucking amazing. This album is slightly more of a mixed bag when it comes to lyrical themes than the previous album. Which I actually like, I like the variety. Also that album art... that’s beautiful.
“I subsist on a steady diet of shame” Big facts
Can't Maintain, despite it's low points, is a really great album. Is it in the same league as People Who Can Eat People? No, of course not, but that doesn't mean it should be disregarded by any means. This album can be a little inconsistent, some songs are really fun, others are soul crushingly sad, and this album also has a kazoo interlude. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. The lyrics on this album really add to my enjoyment of the album, being really sad, but always seeming to have ... read more
"If that's what gets your dick hard, telling people they're bad at making art"
Where AJJ's rabbit album was about the nature/actions of mankind and others, Can't Maintain does the exact opposite by looking completely inwards instead of outwards. Contrasting the observational nature of their previous album, this release deals with personal topics of self-worth and inner thoughts, posing questions to the listeners about the artist himself rather than directing them towards a world with a better mankind.

Taking this darker sheen in sound from the more aggressive ... read more
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Track List

  1. Heartilation
  2. Self Esteem
  3. Love In The Time Of Human Papillomavirus
  4. Evil
  5. You Don't Deserve Yourself
  6. Olde(y) Tyme(y)
  7. Kazoo Sonata In Cmaj
  8. We Didn't Come Here To Rock
  9. Truckers Are The Blood
  10. Love Will Fuck Us Apart
  11. Sense, Sensibility
  12. Who Are You?
  13. White Face, Black Eyes
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Added on: March 12, 2013