I have now listened to this album 3 times in the past 3 days. Now that really shouldn’t be too impressive of a statistic. Albums are meant to be listened to repeatedly. The catch with this album is, two of those listens were within an hour of each other, and the only reason I didn’t get in a third listen that day is because it was Christmas Eve and I was out making luminarias. So the moral of that story is that, Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired has a total run time of 13:04 with 9 tracks in all. That’s not even a good length for an EP, let alone a “full length” album. Joyce Manor is known for these short albums though. Their previous release ran 18:51 for 10 tracks. I think part of me is extremely intrigued that a band would have the balls to think about doing such a short album let alone actually following through with it. The other part of me, the part that is concerned with all things musical is really just impressed with how well this short of an album truly works. 13 minutes is not that long, but due to how aggressive and forceful Joyce Manor is in such a short period of time, the album comes together exceptionally well. There are the fast, aggressive tracks that have become to be expected from Joyce Manor and they even have some 50-second break down songs that allow the band and listener alike to take a breath before the next rockin’ song can begin a new. A nine-track album is normally a full-length album, but that’s when the tracks are on average 2:30 minutes long. Yet when Joyce Manor decides to have their songs last on average 55 seconds, for some reason it still feels like the album takes as long as a “normal” album. And that, if for no reason other than the ability to make a 13-minute album feel like an hour, is why this album deserves a spot on this list.
On a side note, “Constant Headache” is one of the absolute best and most emotional songs I have ever heard. Sadly, it is not on Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired nor is there a song that is even close to being on par. But my love of that track alone made me listen to this album and in turn created a soft spot for Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired so in a miniscule way; this spot is a shout out to “Constant Headache.” That is all.