Music Review: The Hotelier’s “Home, Like NoPlace Is There”

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Kolja Westhues

Home, Like NoPlace Is There is one of my favorite albums of the 2010s. The Hotelier’s second release is a masterpiece— a perfect Midwest emo revival album.

The first track, “An Introduction To The Album,” speaks for itself—it’s a good introduction to the album. It carries a melancholic and calm vibe throughout the entire song until it builds up to a full instrumental ending.

The following track, “The Scope Of All Of This Rebuilding,” is one of the more boring songs off the album—but it still works well with the rest of the LP. The song starts off with a very loud, jarring sound, but it gets much better in the second half of the song. The song is best at its ending.

With “In Framing,” the album begins to find the sound that the rest of the album thrives on.

The band’s most famous song, “Your Deep Rest,” features constant changes in dynamics and when the build-up pays off, it sounds amazing.

“Among The Wildflowers” starts off with a gloomy yet exciting riff that repeats throughout. Both vocalists sing on this track, which adds to the song’s somber feeling.

“Life in Drag” is my least favorite—mostly because I don’t enjoy the vocals. The singer screams to add emotion to his lyrics, but he overdoes it. Additionally, I find the instrumentals boring compared to the rest of the record.

“Housebroken” is also a solid song. With strong vocals and no overused screaming, the instrumentals are mixed down and are simplistic—but effective.

“Discomfort Revisited” is one of my favorites. The drumming on the track is perfect for the song’s sound. The chorus is also practically flawless. The vocals work well with the rest of the instruments.

The final song—my overall favorite—is called “Dendron.” It’s in almost every way a perfect ending to the album. The song has great dynamics that switch between loud, forceful and calm sounds. The drumming is also well done, balancing simplicity and complexity to blend with other sounds on the track.

While most albums start off loud and get quieter, this album does the opposite. From my point of view, that’s part of why it works so well. My final rating is 4.5/5.