Sorority Noise’s You’re Not As ______ As You Think is an incredibly quotable, emotional record built on the remnants of what’s left of you after losing too many people close to you.
“This last week I slept 8 hours total, I barely sleep” opens the record in “No Halo,” almost directly telling the listener that this is a serious record. The song goes on talking about those hard-hitting moments that happen and thoughts that cross your mind after losing someone: forgetting the person died, feeling like a wreck, feeling like you should’ve reached out more, and wondering how that person viewed you. Instrumentally, “A Portrait Of” is a bit lighter and upbeat than “No Halo,” but still talks about the heavy topic of mental illness. Cameron Boucher (guitar, vocals, writer) starts the song talking about he’s “feeling suicidal” and how “it’s hard to freeze your anxieties,” but soon turns the song to how his friend was feeling and how Boucher wants to get in his friend’s head and perform a surgery “on the parts that still wish you dead.” The song comes back to Boucher himself’s mental state in a spoken word-turned-yelling by the end of how he’s felt impacted by his friends’ deaths. “First Letter From St. Sean” is a more solemn, hard-hitting ballad, speaking in part from Boucher’s late friend’s perspective. Later in the record, “Car” is almost reminiscent of “A Portrait Of” with dealing with both the writer’s and his friend’s mental health. In this song, however, it places his friend calling him, Boucher, saying he feels alone, but Boucher can only ask what he can do, because he, himself, is in the same position as his friend. Track 7, “Where Are You?” is the most upbeat, quick song on the album. The song definitely has some of the most impressive guitarwork on the album and makes me want to relisten to it over and over, just for the stellar guitar work. “Second Letter From St. Julien” deals with Boucher’s self doubt regarding god and his shortcomings, asking “How can I believe in god if he won’t believe in me?” You’re Not As ______ As You Think ends on a almost two-minute, raw, demo-sounding track titled “New Room.” The song, featuring solely Boucher’s voice and an acoustic guitar, feels like the perfect wrap up to a somber album.
Overall: If you’ve ever lost someone close to you, I’d recommend clearing your schedule for the rest of the day after listening to this record. It’s going to be on repeat.
Review by Shane Haley