'By the Time I Get to Phoenix' is Injury Reserve's sophomore album and it's guaranteed to take your breath away, but not guaranteed to give you a good time. The singles to the album were perfect, with both singles creatively capturing the effect of anxiety using outstanding, overwhelming sounds that sound like nothing I've heard before, with the album building on the picture those singles painted but failing to fully color it in. Probably the most ambitious album I've heard so far this year but I feel like the ideas weren't fully fleshed out which may be due to the passing of Injury Reserve member, Groggs, with the theme of overwhelming sounds falling flat as they just weren't overwhelming enough, having a few elements needed to create that overwhelming beat but sounding super unfinished usually like on 'Ground Zero' and 'Top Picks for You' although on the other hand, when Injury Reserve do get their beat formula right like on 'Outside' and 'Superman That', they give you a feeling you've never experienced before, sucking out your stress and feeding you with a calmness. Don't have a lot to say about the album lyrically as I haven't gone through the lyrics completely although I need to mention that the vocals of the members are often overshadowed by the high-intensity beats but I do I sense a theme of them trying to escape their anxiety, finding peace within themselves but failing to which causes them to self-destruct, blowing their mind and your mind too. Didn't want to call this a disappointment but that's what it's looking like it's going to be as some songs are so stale and can even be annoying, although I might've not enjoyed the album just because I had only three hours of sleep so like usual, I'll be taking many more listens to come up with my final score. Injury Reserve craft their own genre with 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix', using rock/hyperpop elements to come up with this powerful, pleasant sound that may not be perfected quite yet but I do expect other people to follow their path and work on this new genre as there's plenty of potential, but I'm still bummed as the album didn't clear up my mind like I thought it would, but made it much messier as I felt like they grinded my brain and put in back in my head.
Best Tracks: Bye Storm, Knees, Superman That, Outside, Postpostpartum
Worst Tracks: Footwork in a Forest Fire, Wild Wild West, Ground Zero, Smoke Don't Clear
(FULL REVIEW SOON)
Announcement: I'll be taking a break from today till October so that I can focus on a few of my tests and for my mental health! :)