Home Video | It Will Be OK EP
Most Likely To: make The Hills seem drama-free.
As a writer and a self-professed snob, there’s one thing that will ruin an otherwise listenable album for me: bad lyrics. Home Video’s EP It Will Be OK is riddled with the exactly the brand of quasi-confessional attempts at emotional reassurance that it’s title promises.
All the production in the world won’t change the fact you’ve written a dance song about addiction recovery, in which you promise, “I can make you feel it.” That might work, if the “it” referred to a uterine orgasm. But here it seems to refer more to the wholeness and sense of accomplishment that newly soberized people feel before they remember the reason people take drugs: life as a sentient being on Earth sucks more often than it rocks. In that case, it seems that Home Video is offering to delude us into that fake lust for life that religiously motivated addiction recovery groups tout as the answer to all life’s problems. Seriously, you have to see this.
She says she drinks too much to make the nights go by / She was barely conscious, breathing through a straw / She held my hand and kissed my lips / She begged me to help her feel, and I said / I can make you feel it … She had another lover that kept her in a cage / She had sold her future and buried who she was.
Who can take sort of schlock seriously? Did I accidentally download a Betty Ford audio pamphlet? It’s like when I used to have to tell my students in Intro to Creative Writing that though their tales of coming out of the closet or attending their best friend’s funerals certainly sounded rough, it didn’t make the events good fodder for short stories. This isn’t Lifetime. Triumphs over adversity don’t cut it.
Beyond that, the drum machines and synths on the incorrectly titled It Will Be OK recall nothing but the sort of trashy, Euro-club techno that I’ve only actually heard in movies. While it seems that the group is shooting for the accomplished, sweeping dramatics of M83, accompanied by vocals with the sincerity of Thom Yorke, they end up with sheer melodrama more suited to the credits of an episode of The OC. The song titles say it all: “Every Love That Ever Was;” “I Can Make You Feel It;” “Maybe What You Need;” “You Will Know What To Do.” What do you think, guys? Is three out of four titles containing a non-specific “you” really enough?
This is a very bad EP which I can only assume precedes a very bad LP. My iTunes just moved on to Hooverphonic, who was doing 10 years ago what Home Video would like to be doing now. I’m not eager to switch it back.
Listen to “I Can Make You Feel It” from Home Video: