You are watching: I never loved before i found you
|Artist||Front Porch Step|
|31 March 2017|
|0.95 / 5.00.5 from 50 ratings|
AFD Dec 24 2017
I try not to let my personal feelings about a musician get in the way of my appreciation of his or her music, but this guy is horrible, and so is his music. I'm not going into the many allegations made against Front Porch Step, but there's more than enough on the internet about his misbehavior if you want to know more about how horrible this guy is.So to see him release this album, which is basically his "redemption" album where he professes that he's a changed man and he's getting right with Jesus... Oh my God, I can't take it seriously.In the title track, Front Porch Step even has the nerve to say that his haters "claim I wrote this song to sell." And he absolutely did. He wrote the entire album to sell. When it comes to someone like him, yeah, I'm cynical, and this album drips with insincerity, like he's trying to fit into the CCM scene because the Warped Tour scene rejected him for being an utter creep. This entire album just feels like a charade, just so he can sell albums in a scene that tends to be more forgiving to people who want a second chance. It is blatantly exploitative.His first album was full of angsty, angry, bitter lyrics, while this one is full of angsty, self-hating lyrics. Both are equally bad in different ways, but he did let some remnants of his original writing style influence his writing in this album. For example, take this delightful bit from "Perfect Man": There is blood stains on my clothes, but it don't come from my wrist / It just trickles down my nose when I think about your kiss. The entire song "Truth" is so condescending, whether that was the intention or not; its message boils down to, 'This girl has daddy issues, so she doesn't know what a good guy looks like; I guess I'd better educate her.' Oh, and this angsty lyrical gem from the third track, "Stones" (which he released as a single): I'm sorry that I broke your heart / You'll be glad to know that I broke mine. Oh, and this bitter line from the same song, unequivocally the single worst line on the album, and the line that proves that all of the 'redemption' that he's spouting in this album is just a charade: There's a God that knows the truth, so I'm not scared to face his judgment; I'm just scared that you will, too. MY GOD, that line is so underhanded and insulting.The lyrics are the worst thing about this album, by far. In a close second are the vocals. These poorly-produced songs don't have a lot of instrumental accompaniment, outside of his acoustic guitar, a piano, and the occasional poorly-rendered fake strings, so his vocals are prominent. And his voice is just soul-sucking. He sounds like an angsty ripoff of every post-grunge vocalist from the early 2000s, mostly Chad Kroeger from Nickelback and Aaron Lewis from Staind, but he sings with an affected "indie" accent and has this obnoxious rough edge on his voice to add fake emotion to his empty, cynical lyrics. Words cannot do justice to describe how bad the vocals are, but if you want a taste of it, listen to the first track from the album, "Burned." Particularly the final verse, where at one point, he stops singing and just starts screaming tunelessly. You'll get the idea.As much as this album was "so bad, it's bad," it was also strikingly dull; it wasn't even entertainingly bad. It was just bad. It's incredible that something as bad as this could also manage to simultaneously be so boring. I'm sorry that I listened to this album. I'm sorry that I listened to the whole thing. I did it so you wouldn't have to.This album is a self-serving disaster. It is a travesty all the way through, there is nothing redeeming about it, and I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy.
BloodPumns Dec 15 2017
Hmm, certainly its bad but is it 'that' bad? Well, the first track would make you think otherwise because its at least passionately driven but after a while it becomes readily apparent that this isn't only one of the most brainless records of the year lyrically speaking (with gems such as 'You've just made a mess inside your mind' or 'Its okay to burn a bridge right down to the ground where you should've built a moat'. I like depressing lyrics but dear god man chill) but its very much something I could picture Papa Roach or Breaking Benjamin writing if they went full in with their self hatred. Its something that would be really popular on the radio during the early 00s. Plastic production, syrupy strings and a weird Post-Grunge/Emo vocal amalgamation of a delievery that I'm kinda on the fence with, but honestly really helps make for the perfect shit storm. I'd probably hate it less if it didn't remind me of every bleed off band out of the asses of The All-American Rejects, Creed and Staind. Doesn't help that the record gets really damned boring after the first track. Standout Track: BurnedAs in the idea of this project should've been Burned out of the artists mind after it was thought up.
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