Pinegrove – Cardinal

I keep going over it over and over and my steps iterate my shame.

2. 12. 16

I currently find myself in a predicament entering the end of the weekend. These past few days have been some of the busiest and most anxiety filled my life, and listening to music took the back seat to getting engaged, as it should. Now I am sitting here, with a spare half an hour wrestling over what to do. I have an album — Pinegrove’s sophomore effort, Cardinal (album may contain explicit content). But Cardinal is not an album that I am currently in love with. Only eight songs deep, I would barely consider a full-length LP as it straddles the line of being an EP. Albums less than ten songs bother me. Maybe it’s a personal preference, but its how I feel. Anyways, I digress and find myself upset because I always want to find and review an album that I thoroughly enjoy if I get the chance, and Cardinal just isn’t that.

At least not yet. There are certain bands, or specific albums, which have a set parameter from the get go. I know from the outset, I like it this much now, and I set a bar of how high I believe the album can reach. This causes me to give certain bands less of a chance than others because in my mind I have already calculated the potential of the album’s impact. We all do this regardless of whether we recognize it or not. And here I am again, sitting on the couch in my house, preparing to give my goodbyes, ready to drive back to college early tomorrow morning, barely writing at all about the album I am reviewing, still fully engaged in a run-on sentence, pleading with you to give bands more than one chance. I do not know how much I will end up loving Pinegrove’s Cardinal, or if I ever will. One thing I do know is I hear something about them I could grow to love, and if that is a possibility, it is worth the commitment it will take on my side to give them a chance.

(end of the year: this album is incredible)

5-stars

Favorite Songs: Old Friends, Aphrasia, New Friends
Top 10 Potential: Yes
Albums Cover: 9/10

Click Here to Give Pinegrove a Listen

What are your thoughts on the album? Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? I’d love to hear what you are thinking. Was there another album released this Friday or just in general you want to recommend to myself and others to listen to? Feel free to post any thoughts or recommendations below!

Other Notable Releases
Lissie – My Wild West
James Supercave – Better Strange
Lacey Sturm – Life Screams

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