Teen Suicide has been one of my favorite bands since I heard DC snuff film. Fast paced lofi punk rock songs mixed with slow depressing bedroom pop songs truly made every release special and deserving of praise. When I first heard they were releasing a new album, saying that I was excited is an understatement. I instantly looked up the album art, when it was going to be released, what label was putting it out, and if it was going to be out on vinyl. Now that the album is out I’m very disappointed to say it is the worst Teen Suicide album to date.
Lets start with the pros of It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot. The album has great lyrics. The writing is definitely Teen Suicide. Vivid imagery, specific details about the bands personal life, and sorrowful story telling. If you have heard any prior Teen Suicide albums then you will be right at home. The track “Alex” is top notch. The bedroom pop melody mixed with the power chords reminiscent of 90’s punk bands truly make this a stand out track. The opening track “living proof” is also a fantastic track. The riff will stick with you like any good riff should. Beautiful brass instruments take over this track flooding the listeners ear with beauty. The title track “The Big Joyous Celebration” is also a great track that will bring nostalgia to anyone familiar with songs like “xxxxxxx”. unfortunately there are more cons than pros.
The album is WAY TOO LONG! 26 tracks and over an hour long; this album really outstays its welcome. If this album was cut to 10-15 tracks it could’ve have been great. That’s what bugs me about this album. So much potential but failed to be successful. There are multiple tracks that are experimental. Being experimental is not the problem though. The problem is these tracks are out of place. The penultimate track “The Stomach of the Earth” is an electronic song that feels as if a high school student decided to make dance beats for a school project. It’s not till the last minute of the track that we get anything that resembles Teen Suicide. The track “Beauty” is an experimental song that isn’t out of place and shows an extremely dark side to Teen Suicide. Unfortunately tracks like this are too few and far between. The Final track on the album “If I Don’t See You Before You Leave” ends the album with a far from satisfying conclusion.
At the end of the day i’m very disappointed with this album. I’m happy for the fans who love the album and I wish I could. The few magnificent tracks on the album are still must listens for all Teen Suicide fans.