Review: P.O.S.: We Don’t Even Live Here
We Don’t Even Live Here opens like one of P.O.S.’s previous albums.
The beat of “Bumper” is a growl of guitars and drums, aggressive and repetitive. His lyrics tell us otherwise though, as he references his last album Never Better. “I take my time with it / I take forever so sick of work and clever / Let’s skip ahead to the next / Pushing my own limit / I make it better.” The rest of “Bumper” keeps the opening beat but adds a fast looping synth that buzzes throughout the chorus.
The next cut, “Fuck Your Stuff,” has some great background synths that rise in loudness and pitch throughout the song, jumpy drum claps, and even adds a half-sung half-shouted chorus that’s actually catchy. Next comes “How We Land,” featuring a chorus by Justin Vernon from Bon Iver.
Although not quite as good as his two appearances on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Vernon carries the song over a beat that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Kanye album, with P.O.S. adding rapid fire lines of metaphors. It’s so different from anything else P.O.S. has ever done, and better than almost anything else he’s ever done. Fourth on the album, ending the amazing fifteen minute start, is “Wanted/Wasted” with Astronautalis.
Featuring a great beat with piano, violin, shimmering synths, and strong drums, the song’s title describes the content of the song, and has some more Kanye with the lines “It’s in a black man’s soul to rock that gold / No / It’s in a black man’s soul to take the chain off.”
Although the next three songs can’t continue the great start, they still have some good beats and lyrics, and are necessary to just barely make We Don’t Even Live Here an LP rather than an EP.
The eighth song “Get Down” features often forgotten Doomtree member Mike Mictlan and P.O.S. rapping angrily about civil disobedience over a series of grating synth beats, with another catchy chorus “We fuck shit up / Cause shit’s fucked up / I don’t want to think about it / I just wanna get down.”
Next comes “All Of It” which has a rising titular hook mixed in between quick verses that zip through lines about Occupy Wall Street, Surly beer, and Walmart. Penultimate song “Weird Friends” is the fastest song on We Don’t Even Live Here, with a beat sounding similar to that of “Bumper,” all looping buzzy synths and aggressive drums.
“Weird Friends” is most likely to be considered the title track of the album because of the opening lines of the chorus. “This world’s got a whole lot of locked doors / We decided not to live here anymore.”
Finally, the album ends with “Piano Hits” with a screamed chorus from Isaac Gale from Marijuana Deathsquads, P.O.S.’s hardcore punk band. The lyrics in between the chorus, and constantly changing piano, synths and drums are a bunch of metaphors held together by the repeated line of “that’s mine.” “Piano Hits” is a great end to a great album.