Joy, Departed review by Sorority Noise

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  • Released: Jun 16, 2015
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.5 (4 votes)
Sorority Noise: Joy, Departed
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Sound — 8
With a rare setup featuring three vocalist Boucher, McKenna, and Ackerman all deliver stirring and emotional vocals with a range from quite and melancholy whispers to anger and dysphoria you can almost feel all the while they are backed by the standard emo music setup of two guitarists, bass and drums with a beautiful violin backing during "Fuschsia." What makes their sound unique as previously stated was how the band features three vocalists who all hold their own throughout the album. Sound quality is top notch all along the way as well.

Lyrics — 10
lyrically is where the band really shines most. Each song is tells a story of its own. This can be seen from the quiet mournful whispers of "Blissth" to the inspiring "Using" the band showcases a true knack for using personal stories in lyrics in a relatable fashion that can resonate with almost anyone on a lyrical level and is delivered with a lot of emotional but still smoothly during the slow songs and harsh and rough yet still carrying the tone of the lyrics very well in the harder songs on the album.

Overall Impression — 9
While the album has some moments that are standard fare for emo music as far as guitar and drums go in a couple songs it never gets tiresome or repetitive and the vocals and lyrics elevate it to one of the best albums of its genre and deviates a lot from the standard formula to create its own unique sound. In short it is packed with earnest and carefully crafted music Throughout and a variety of different songs that all are cohesive to the themes of lost love, overcoming vices, and more. I highly recommend this album as I cannot pick any song of of it that I did not enjoy.

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