GATSBYS AMERICAN DREAM: Ribbons & Sugar: LP

The internet told me this was originally released by a Seattle band in 2003 and has been reissued on vinyl this year. The internet also told me this was Gatsbys American Dream’s second album and is a concept record loosely based on George Orwell’s important book Animal Farm. In turn, my brain warned me that ninety-five percent of concept albums are pretentious piles of shit and my ears confirmed this important axiom upon dropping the needle: a sprawling crap field of progressive punk emo with shifting time signatures and ill-advised songwriting twists and turns that never allowed any quality hooks to emerge. Avoid this at all costs unless complexity in rock and roll is your bag.

 –Jake Shut (Overdue Collection Agency)