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Hellogoodbye - Would It Kill You? Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8
Musicianship 8
Lyrics 7.25
Production 8.25
Creativity 8.75
Lasting Value 9
Reviewer Tilt 9
Final Verdict: 83%
Member Ratings
Vocals 7.19
Musicianship 7.19
Lyrics 7.13
Production 7.31
Creativity 7.19
Lasting Value 6.94
Reviewer Tilt 7.38
Average: 72%
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Hellogoodbye - Would It Kill You?

Reviewed by: Cody Nelson (11/15/10)
Hellogoodbye - Would It Kill You?
Record Label: Wasted Summer Records
Release Date: November 9, 2010

There’s nothing wrong with playing it safe. In fact, in most situations, it’s preferred. You gamble, you win, you keep gambling, you start to lose, and you stop. This is the chain of events (more often than not) in a casino. This happens in so many everyday situations. Less risk, less reward, sure, but you’re saving a dollar, why wouldn’t you? Let it be known, now, that nobody (nobody. NOBODY.) knows what music fans want from bands in this exact position. Bands constantly find themselves in this position: at the crossroads between their ‘old’ and ‘new’ albums. They write an album too similar to the one before, their fans criticize them for ‘not branching out’ and ‘being too content with their sound.’ Try new styles & sounds, however, and fans complain that ‘it’s too polarizing’ and that ‘their old sound was better.’ I find myself seeing the latter happen much more often. Now, I could take this intro and turn it into an op-ed piece on why music ‘fans’ aren’t ‘fans’ at all, but rather selfish whiners that think they never get what they want. Rather, I’d like to focus on an album that took that giant change in sound and turned a band (and the majority opinion of them) around.

I’m sorry, but Hellogoodbye’s last album just was not good. I hate to start by slinging objectivity, but honestly? Save a few tracks, and it was simply an auto-tuned mess from a band with strong EP’s, an ear for melody, and no future thanks to the douchebags trustworthy individuals at Drive-Thru Records. Luckily, the band found themselves at a crossroads, the same crossroads trodden by many of our favorite bands at some point in the past. There were two obvious choices (from a fan’s perspective): 1.) Stick with Drive-Thru, and the (mostly) disliked current sound, or 2.) take some time off, re-think practically everything and come back and prove everyone wrong. Now I don’t know the thought process that Forrest and the group went through, but in the fan’s mind, they chose number 2, and thank God. Would It Kill You? Is easily the Aim & Ignite of 2010, and all other pop releases have quickly been kicked to the wayside.

The album starts off with ‘Finding Something To Do,’ and the first question that comes to mind is how this band has the nerve to call itself Hellogoodbye, because it’s a completely different group to the listener. With a much more unique sound and vocals, while still keeping the same infectious melodies gained from the start, this album is a classic ‘best of both worlds’ situation seconds in. The next few tracks all tamper with this fantastical new sound, certain to alienate old fans but reel in so many new, but the groove is definitely found on spastic fifth track ‘You Sleep Alone.’ Going from aggressive acoustic guitar strums to static-y lofi-ish sections all the while having someone hitting an anvil in the background, this track is an extreme among extremes.

Finally slowing down, ‘The Thoughts That Give Me The Creeps’ is one of the sweetest, honest songs I’ve heard in a long, long time. Ukelele and mellotron-driven and showing vocalist Forrest Kline knows what elocution is (kind of), this song is an example of every loveless person at one point or another. ‘What if your love is not the same as it seems inside my brain,’ Kline wails in the chorus, and isn’t it true? So often what love might be to one, it’s definitely not to another. So simple, yet so beautiful.
After the ballads ‘I Never Can Relax’ and ‘Coppertone,’ this album is back on all fours and sprinting again, throwing the title track at you. Containing one of the catchiest riffs of the year (you’ll know it), Kline and the gang are begging the fans to accept them for who they are in this one, hoping that the old ‘we’re doing what we love’ excuse is good enough. ‘Would it kill you just to let it all work out?’ They’re hoping so.

Once I realized this wasn’t a Nate Reuss tribute band called just as fun., I realized something: Hellogoodbye got really, REALLY damn good. This is the album they needed, and I’m glad they got it early, while they still have room above them. They didn’t play it safe, and it definitely paid off. It’s nearly impossible to not love this album. With bits and pieces from all different styles and genres pieced together, Hellogoodbye is going places with this new sound, and from a fan’s perspective, I have one thing to ask:…could you keep sounding like this? Would It Kill You?

RIYLfun., The Format, Steel Train, stuff in that vein


Track Listing1. Finding Something To Do
2. Growing Old
3. When We First Met
4. Betrayed By Bones
5. You Sleep Alone
6. When We First Kissed
7. The Thoughts That Give Me The Creeps
8. I Never Can Relax
9. Coppertone
10. Would It Kill You?
11. Something You Misplaced
 
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01:29 AM on 11/21/10
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I love this album. I'd probably have given it a slightly higher score but the review's very positive and that's what matters. Good review.
01:53 AM on 11/21/10
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Absolutely loved this album. Really great guys. Good review as well.
05:13 AM on 11/21/10
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Fantastic album
07:26 AM on 11/21/10
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album's good, but i'm not a fan of this review. reviewer needs to be more concise with stuff not related to the band. longest paragraph is the intro, which has little to do with the band
12:10 PM on 11/21/10
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fantastic review. just goes to show that they need to change the rating system around here, your review doesn't match an 83% and if this was a staff review, people would be in here complaining that this album deserves more than an 83 without reading a word of your review.

fantastic album, definitely top 10 of the year (for me), possibly top 5.
12:16 PM on 11/21/10
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just as fun.



Fantastic review, save for the intro, haha. I love this album so much, definitely a top 10 contender for me.
04:30 PM on 11/21/10
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Cody Nelson
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Could people be more specific about what they disapprove of in the intro? Granted, I appreciate the kind words, I'm just really proud of that intro and think it fits in really well.
05:04 PM on 11/21/10
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Could people be more specific about what they disapprove of in the intro? Granted, I appreciate the kind words, I'm just really proud of that intro and think it fits in really well.
First two paragraphs seem very wordy and too long for a review. I know what you were getting at with writing them, but it just seemed drawn out. Made me lose interest when I am expecting to read a review NOT an Op-Ed piece (as you stated).

On the other hand, the content that you wrote about the music itself was excellent.
05:07 PM on 11/21/10
Cody Nelson
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First two paragraphs seem very wordy and too long for a review. I know what you were getting at with writing them, but it just seemed drawn out. Made me lose interest when I am expecting to read a review NOT an Op-Ed piece (as you stated).

On the other hand, the content that you wrote about the music itself was excellent.
Alright, fair enough. I suppose I could've made it a bit less verbose, and possibly only one paragraph. I guess I just have trouble deleting material that I really feel fits.
11:00 AM on 11/28/10
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Enjoyed your review, and thought the intro was well-written and interesting. It's true, bands are presented with such a ridiculous choice between "playing it safe" and "experimenting". Just started listening to this album, and I can tell it'll be in rotation for a good while.
09:24 PM on 12/02/10
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Good review. Album rules. End of story. BOOSH.
03:15 PM on 01/02/11
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I always assumed these guys were awful from hearing their autotuned stuff, but now I might have to give them another chance.
09:52 PM on 04/10/11
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Streets ahead.
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Great review!
01:03 AM on 04/19/11
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Great album, how a lot of great albums on here get low member ratings is beyond me.

"ughh i don't like this band...ima give it all .25's!"

it's really dumb and immature
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