Goodness by The Hotelier
*AHEM* The Bacon Review thanks you for your patience as it took us longer to recover from the holidays than we had previously thought possible. Now then, where was I. Ah yes, #8.
This album, Goodness, has surprised me by its longevity. It’s by a little known band out of Worcester, Mass, called The Hotelier. Formerly known by the rather blah name The Hotel Year, the guys in the Hotelier have been trying to make a go of it for a few years now, finally striking gold (in my book) with Goodness, their third full-length.
Pure emo through and through, Goodness falls somewhere in the void left behind by The Dismemberment Plan, with a dash of Ben Folds Five. At times hard rocking, at others, quiet — the album starts with a spoken-word poem for crying out loud — there’s a little something for everyone in this album. I aim to listen to the band’s previous album, with its Yoda-esque title Home, Like Noplace is There, but I recommend skipping the band’s debut (under the name The Hotel Year). I have it, it’s crap.
The Hotelier have come a long way since that 2011 album, and I predict they have a long way to go before we hear the last of them.
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