As much space as emo bands take up in my life and record collection (a whole lot), Snowing never connected for me. Maybe it’s John Galm’s love-’em-or-hate-’em yelping vocals, I don’t know. But I never liked American Football either, so you can take my opinion or leave it. Anyway, regardless of my dumb opinion, they were certainly one of the most beloved bands of the last near-decade of “emo revival,” a phrase reviewers are contractually obliged to use in any paragraph that mentions Snowing. This is a cool little collection of all the non-LP tracks that they left behind with their much-lamented 2011 breakup. It’s so convenient and nicely packaged that it actually makes me want to try again with this band. I gotta hand it to them; they really did have some of the catchiest melodies and bounciest energy of their many peers and imitators. The guitars are as twinkly as the vocals are strained and desperate. I have to assume that this record kind of has a built-in audience that doesn’t need me to tell them this is a must-have for fans: there are song backstories in the liner notes, multiple recording versions for your comparing and contrasting pleasure, and some closing words from the band. It’ll give you closure, if that’s what you’re looking for.
–Indiana Laub (Square Of Opposition, [email protected], squareofopposition.com)