The Promise Ring, Nothing Feels Good

Jonah Bayer

By Jonah Bayer

on 02.01.11 in Reviews

Where Cap’n Jazz was a sonic experiment conducted by high school students, Nothing Feels Good saw Davey von Bohlen and Co. crafting a more pop-oriented album that retained the same obstinate personality of his previous act. The result is an album that’s still rough around the edges, but stumbles across truly transcendent moments on songs like the barreling “Is This Thing On?” and the striding “Why Did Ever We Meet.” The band would get more experimental as time went on, but on Nothing Feels Good they’re at their most earnest and exposed – two traits that always defined their music.