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Author's Rating
Vocals 8.25
Musicianship 8.25
Lyrics 8.25
Production 8.25
Creativity 8.25
Lasting Value 8.25
Reviewer Tilt 8.25
Final Verdict: 83%
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Weekend - Jinx

Reviewed by: Ryan Dennehy (07/25/13)
Weekend - Jinx
Release Date: July 23th, 2013
Record Label: Slumberland Record


In 2010, Weekend released Sports, a record whose obvious debt to records like Psychocandy and Pornography was much remarked upon. Tendrils of sounds that ranked among the harshest and least forgiving on Sports have broken through the wall of noise and fuzz to the surface on Jinx, the bands sophomore full length. Weekend has not abandoned the roots that were apparent on Sports, but in the intervening years have focused on tending to only a few in place of many. The result is a compelling imitation of records like Robert Smith’s 1989 opus Disintegration that opens up several paths for the band to pursue in the future, unlike the seeming dead end volume of Sports.

The pop-leaning hooks of Sports have been whittled down to the bone in the intervening years, as Weekend become studious pupils of the ingratiating other-worldliness of Disintegration. Melodies and choruses have been relieved of the weight of the fuzz and noise of the debut, and the ability to breathe and fill the song more completely does wonders with Shaun Durkan’s similarly revamped vocals. While the idea of “dreams” is often invoked when talking about albums that take a similar approach to their music, Weekend’s Jinx is more akin to being in a fugue state than anything else. It’s a waking sleep where ties to reality are largely severed and the music serves a dreamlike
purpose, rather than being dreamlike itself. The music is a conduit for the subconscious to express itself, with shapes and visions drifting across the field of vision unbidden, left for the listener to discern and interpret in much the way that a dream must be.

There are maudlin moments that are among the least interesting lyrics the band has written, like the repeated, crooning exclamation of being “sick, sick, sick in my heart” ringing in your ears in one of the most distracting moments on the record. Other times, lyrics that might otherwise be painfully cliche like “I want to save you from the world/I want to save you from myself” seem as though Durkan is cognizant of the records position as a place of respite from reality, though he lacks the understanding that sleep is not quite the haven from either the world or himself that he believes it to be. That can be a challenge for the record at times, as it tends to drift further and further away from what makes it such an enticing proposition as the time passes. Hooks begin to crop up fewer and farther between, though thankfully the guitar work from Kevin Johnson largely manages to support the spellbinding aesthetic. When the band is at its best, it manages to keep hooks and atmosphere together, like on "Oubilette" or "Celebration, FL."

Weekend very nearly was washed out of my sight by the endless deluge of their San Francisco brethren Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees or by their own obvious debt to influences. Jinx, released after a relocation to Brooklyn, sees the band shift in parallel from the sound that has grown so prominent on the west coast. They withdraw into themselves, but do not retreat or cower from what made their debut work so well. Jinx leaves the band with more paths to explore going forward; they may either continue to refine the warmly gothic sounds found here or may embrace a different facet of Sports. It seems apparent after Jinx that they will deftly execute whichever option they choose.

8.25/10

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08:58 AM on 07/25/13
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Good review and good album. Weekend is one of my favorite active bands in the genre.

It's kind of funny that you picked out the same lyrics to criticize as the P4k review
09:07 AM on 07/25/13
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bro fix your font
09:10 AM on 07/25/13
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Everything looked fine to me when I left my computer...
09:11 AM on 07/25/13
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Everything looked fine to me when I left my computer...
YEAH WELL LOOKS

CAN BE

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(good review i need to check this out apparently)
09:16 AM on 07/25/13
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Good review and good album. Weekend is one of my favorite active bands in the genre.

It's kind of funny that you picked out the same lyrics to criticize as the P4k review
In an earlier draft I spent time praising the lyrics, particularly the "he comes in the night" lines, but ended up scrapping the whole thing and didn't end up using it. Its weird that we did end up at the same point. I haven't read theirs yet because I didn't finish mine until five minutes before I posted it. The bands tweet didn't make it sound like a positive review though haha
09:17 AM on 07/25/13
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YEAH WELL LOOKS

CAN BE

DECEIVING



(good review i need to check this out apparently)
Weird. I dont want so try to fix it on my phone so itll have to wait till tonight.

you should. Its good
09:18 AM on 07/25/13
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Weird. I dont want so try to fix it on my phone so itll have to wait till tonight.

you should. Its good
i'll fix it for ya
09:19 AM on 07/25/13
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Thanks bud
09:20 AM on 07/25/13
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should be good
09:23 AM on 07/25/13
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In an earlier draft I spent time praising the lyrics, particularly the "he comes in the night" lines, but ended up scrapping the whole thing and didn't end up using it. Its weird that we did end up at the same point. I haven't read theirs yet because I didn't finish mine until five minutes before I posted it. The bands tweet didn't make it sound like a positive review though haha

It wasn't a "bad" review, but it wasn't a glowing review either. The main criticism was that he felt like the 2nd half blended together. Either way I'm with you - this is a really good album.
01:36 PM on 07/25/13
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album is so great
01:40 PM on 07/25/13
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how is "he comes in the night" better than "sick in my heart", like how do you value judge one higher than the other
02:11 PM on 07/25/13
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how is "he comes in the night" better than "sick in my heart", like how do you value judge one higher than the other
i dunno i liked one more than the other, i thought that the "he comes in the night" kind of played into a larger idea that i took away from the record but i thought the "sick" line was just kind of bleh.
02:08 PM on 07/28/13
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I'm so in love with this record.
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