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Review: Good Nature

by Erika Curtis- 89.1 The Point
Tue, Sep 19th 2017 06:00 pm
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“Good Nature” is the third studio album by alternative rock band Turnover. There are few similarities between “Good Nature” and the rest of the band’s discography, however one constant throughout has been its work with producer Will Yip. Working out of Studio 4 in Pennsylvania, Yip has worked with other prominent figures in the alternative rock genre such as Balance and Composure, Tigers Jaw, and The Wonder Years. Apart from that lone fact, “Good Nature” is sonically and lyrically very different from the band’s other albums. When news first broke that Turnover was working on a new album, many fans including myself wondered what this album would sound like. Since its two other albums were so different, it was not implausible that this third album would follow that trend (which it did.) 

The first impression we get of “Good Nature” is the first single released, the opening track to the album, “Super Natural.” Immediately you realize that this album is nothing like anything Turnover has released before. The track opens with a dreamy, reverb soaked guitar riff and then picks up tempo with an almost jazz-like bass line. Frontman Austin Getz adds to the vibe with warm vocals throughout. Lines such as “Painting you a pretty shade / Like you were a girl in a water color” and “Something supernatural / And I’m feeling super natural” show Getz speaking of love followed by “I don’t know how but I can say / That I found my religion” show the state of peace he is in life and relationships. 

“Sunshine Type” is the next single we get, and is the second track on the album. This track sounds very similar to “Super Natural,” and in fact, much of the album is very similar, but they all retain aspects that are unique to each track. For example, what really stood out in this second track is the catchy bass line throughout, with layered guitars and catchy melodies. The theme I take away from this song is that you can try all you want to change life and nature, but at the end of the day we have no control over these things. This theme is solidified at the end of the song when in the background we faintly hear “After you know it’s all a game then when it storms play in the rain,” showing that while we don’t have control of some things, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them. 

“Good Nature” is like nothing Turnover has released before and would be better classified in the indie-pop or surf-rock genre than the band’s early work in the pop-punk scene. Also nothing like we’ve seen from them before, lyrically this album is more mature and strays away from teenage themes of heartbreak to more mature ideas such as finding peace with yourself and about not taking life too seriously. “Good Nature” is a solid album all the way through and is a perfect listen as we approach fall to get one last nostalgic taste of summer. 

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