Guilty of Everything

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Guilty of Everything
Nothing-guiltyofeverythingalbum.jpg
Studio album by Nothing
Released March 4, 2014
Recorded December 2012; Uniform Recording, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genre Shoegazing, alternative rock, dream pop, noise rock, slowcore
Length 38:41
Label Relapse
Producer Jeff Zeigler, Dominic Palermo, Brandon Setta
Nothing chronology
Downward Years to Come
(2012)Downward Years to Come2012
Guilty of Everything
(2014)
Whirr / Nothing
(2014)Whirr / Nothing2014
Singles from Guilty of Everything
  1. "Dig"
    Released: August 8, 2013

Guilty of Everything is the debut studio album released by the American shoegazing band Nothing. It was released on March 4, 2014 through Relapse Records.[1]

Musical style[edit]

The band's musical style has been described as a mixture of '90's shoegazing, noise rock, and slowcore.[2][3][4] It has also been additionally categorized as "heavy dream-pop" and "billowy alt-rock."[5] Nevertheless, the band's sound distances itself from other shoegazing acts with its loudness and heaviness,[6] being compared to the styles of My Bloody Valentine's Loveless (1991), The Smashing Pumpkins and Dinosaur Jr..[1][3] The band's style also "stays current by also giving nods to the post-Brand New indie rock sound."[3] According to Stephen Carlick of Exclaim!, the band's use of "towering distorted guitars, soaring falsettos and slamming, snare-heavy percussion" evoke "Slowdive's biggest moments, albeit with a little more passion."[4] The vocals of lead singer Dominic Palermo, which are "hushed and buried in the mix," were compared to those in Chapterhouse records, in terms of harmony.[1]

Release and promotion[edit]

Prior to the album's release, the first single "Dig" debuted on August 8, 2013 through Stereogum.[7] A music video directed by Don Argott for the track "Bent Nail" was released on March 31, 2014.[8] The video features a cameo appearance from singer-songwriter Kurt Vile.[8] On May 26, 2015, a special LGBT LP edition was released and only available on Relapse Records' webstore. This version features alternate artwork, with the standard white flag altered to a Rainbow Pride flag and "electric blue with rainbow splatter" vinyl. $1 of each purchase is split evenly between the LGBT charity/support groups New Alternatives (an organization dedicated to helping homeless LGBT youth in New York City) and the It Gets Better Project.[9]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
Absolutepunk.net 8.0/10[11]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[12]
The Boston Globe favorable[2]
Exclaim! 7/10[6]
Pitchfork (6.9/10)[5]
PopMatters 8/10[4]
Rock Sound 9/10[3]

The aggregate review site Metacritic assigned an average score of 77 out of 100 to the album based on 11 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]

Absolutepunk.net staff critic Blake Solomon stated that "Guilty of Everything is the sort of first album that takes itself too seriously in the most endearing way--it's something that must be purged before a band can move on."[11] Tim Sendra of Allmusic wrote: "Forget about shoegaze or metal or noise rock or any other genre; this is stark, dramatic music that comes from pain and has been crafted into high art that will move and inspire listeners lucky enough to hear it."[1] At Alternative Press, Brian Shultz rated the album four stars out of five, saying that "Occasionally, this style of music gives way to too much meandering or noise for the sake of it, but Nothing's melodic and encompassing LP debut is guilty of neither."[12] The Boston Globe critic Michael Andor Brodeur described the album as "a storm of shoegaze, noise-rock, and slow-core, surging together into something lovely and lethal."[2]

Stephen Carlick of Exclaim! commented that "Guilty of Everything is thus an emotional affair, but it's balanced by moments of grandness."[6] Pitchfork critic Ian Cohen described the album as "loud, distorted and heavy, but not aggressive."[5] Gary Suarez of PopMatters wrote: "Guilty of Everything offers shockingly little beyond what was already on offer by the mid-‘90s." Nevertheless, he also further explained: "Yet as it so happens, the record fares remarkably better than most of those moldy oldies they’ve already been compared with, albeit for banal reasons."[4] Rock Sound critic Andy Richie stated: "Individually, tracks like ‘Hymn To The Pillory’ and ‘Somersault’ aren’t particularly staggering, but as a whole body of work it really is something else."[3]

Naomi Zeichner of BuzzFeed described the track "Endlessly" as Built to Spill bruised up and melted into a puddle."[13]

Accolades and lists[edit]

Publication Country Work Accolade Year Rank
Spin[14] US Guilty of Everything The Best Overlooked Albums of 2014 So Far 2014
Rolling Stone[15] US "Bent Nail" Top 25 Songs of 2014 So Far 2014 24
BuzzFeed[13] US "Endlessly" 73 Songs You Need In Your Life This Spring 2014 49

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Domenic Palermo and Brandon Setta.

No. Title Length
1. "Hymn to the Pillory" 4:41
2. "Dig" 4:02
3. "Bent Nail" 2:57
4. "Endlessly" 4:13
5. "Somersault" 4:30
6. "Get Well" 4:32
7. "Beat Around the Bush" 4:05
8. "B&E" 5:18
9. "Guilty of Everything" 4:23
Total length: 38:41

Personnel[edit]

Guilty of Everything album personnel adapted from CD liner notes.[16]

Nothing
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Charts (2014) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[1] 195
US Independent Albums[1] 37
US Top Heatseekers[1] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Sendra, Tim. "Guilty of Everything - Nothing Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Brodeur, Michael Andor (March 4, 2014). "Nothing, ‘Guilty of Everything’". Boston Globe. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Ritchie, Andy (March 20, 2014). "Nothing - Guilty Of Everything". Rock Sound. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d Suarez, Gary (March 25, 2014). "Nothing: Guilty Of Everything". PopMatters. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Cohen, Ian (March 6, 2014). "Nothing: Guilty Of Everything - Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Carlick, Stephen (February 28, 2014). "Nothing - Guilty of Everything". Exclaim!. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ Claire Lobenfeld (August 8, 2013). "Nothing - "Dig" (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Dan Reilly (March 31, 2013). "Kurt Vile Eggs Band in Nothing's 'Bent Nail' Video". Spin. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ Relapse Records. "Nothing - Guilty Of Everything Deluxe LGBT Edition LP". relapse.com. 
  10. ^ a b "Guilty of Everything Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Solomon, Blake. "Nothing - Guilty of Everything". Absolutepunk.net. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Shultz, Brian (2014). "Nothing – Guilty of Everything". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine. April 2014 (309): 92. ISSN 1065-1667. 
  13. ^ a b Zeichner, Naomi (April 3, 2014). "73 Songs You Need In Your Life This Spring". BuzzFeed. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ McGovern, Kyle (June 17, 2014). "The Best Overlooked Albums of 2014 So Far". Spin. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ Sheffield, Rob (June 19, 2014). "Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 2014 So Far". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ Guilty of Everything (CD liner). Nothing. Relapse Records. 2014.