I’ve said it once and I’ll probably say it as many times as I need to: there are only a handful of things in life that are cooler than watching a band move from playing basement shows in West Philly to touring the United States and Europe. With their first full length Sports, Modern Baseball put themselves out there in the local scene and people received their music incredibly well. I’m not going to lie, I had some high expectations for You’re Gonna Miss It All. I did not want to see a band I admired so much suffer the feared “sophomore slump”. I went into this album with an open mind and, thankfully, I can sit here and tell you all that I was not let down.
With any band, you can only expect growth as they continue to do their thing. You’re Gonna Miss It All is a step up from Sports, yet still contains certain quirks that make Modern Baseball, well, Modern Baseball. You’ve still got lyrics with quirk to them, great vocals to employ that quirkiness, and relatable songs you can jam to. Where a lot of the songs off of Sports were catchy and could stand individually on their own, You’re Gonna Miss It All feels more like an album. This is one of the many things that set the two of them apart.
You can feel just how cohesive this album is when you hear how nicely “Charlie Black” transitions into “Timmy Bowers”. Those two songs alone have completely different atmospheres in relation to each other, just like the rest of the songs on the album. Each song feels completely different in relation to the next, yet they all come together to form a really solid, cohesive album.
The first song off the album, “Fine, Great” sets the tone. Right off the bat, you can hear high energy thanks to quick-paced instrumentals and ringing, memorable vocals with reverb to back them up. There are a good amount of fast-paced tracks on the album like “Your Graduation” and “Broken Cash Machine”, but what really stands out are the slower tracks like “Notes” and the final track “Pothole”. You can hear Jacob Ewald on “Pothole” moving his hand up and down the neck of the guitar and that adds an intimate feel to the album. Tracks like “Apartment” provide quick-moving guitar riffs paired with soaring vocal lines while “Two Good Things” showcases the use of snapping and clapping. To sum it up, there is a lot of variety on this album in terms of vocal and instrumental patterns. How refreshing!
That feeling of intimacy gives the album a nostalgic aesthetic and the cover art most definitely promotes that. It depicts an old photo of two children with sloppy cursive underneath and when you listen to the album and look at the cover art, you can just feel the nostalgia settling in.
Modern Baseball has maintained their wittiness while also growing and maturing their own sound, and it’s evident that 2014 is their year. All in all, this album just feels right. I can close my eyes and see myself in a crowded basement, watching this album being performed in full. I can see myself walking to class and jamming this. The album depicts someone else’s life at a certain point in time and it’s awesome that I can relate to certain songs and have this album be a part of my daily life. Give it a chance and I’m sure you will find something to love about this album!