ARTIST: MOVEMENTS

TITLE: NO GOOD LEFT TO GIVE

LABEL: FEARLESS RECORDS

RATING: 9/10

WORDS: JO COSGROVE

It’s been a short five years for post-hardcore outfit Movements, but they’ve been eventful and incredibly successful years. After launching with the success of their debut album ‘Feel Something’ in 2017, it’s been a quiet era of hard work, writing, working, and bringing it all together for the next era. After three years and the recent added pressure of a global pandemic, they’re dropping their hopeful follow-up ‘No Good Left To Live‘.

The album is a deep, truthful, relatable tale of love and loss, hopefulness and hopelessness, without an obviously good or bad ending. A great example of this is the pairing of ‘Don’t Give Up Your Ghost’ and ‘Tunnel Vision’ on the album. The former was the first single released from the album and gives open encouragement and love to the song’s subject, who is depressed and fighting suicidal temptation. It uses the phrase of “giving up the ghost” to inspire people who are feeling down and alone to not give up on life – instead of not giving up the ghost, it becomes a more personal tale by asking them to not give up their own ghost. To keep going to achieve their goals and make their dreams come true.

“It uses the phrase of “giving up the ghost” to inspire people who are feeling down and alone…”

The latter is a polar opposite, as ‘Tunnel Vision’ comes from the perspective of that person who has reached that breaking point and sees no way back. It’s the audience for its predecessor and is as deep and emotional as it. Vocalist Patrick Miranda sings of how it feels like “there’s no end in sight“, mirroring the title’s meaning is being stuck on one path and not being able to see all other outcomes besides harm and suicide. Altogether, the two tracks come together so beautifully as it’s a relatable duo: feeling the full effects of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, and not wanting to see someone suffering with said mental illnesses and trying your very best to help them overcome it. Feeling others are more deserving of love and acceptance than yourself – which millions around the world can relate to.

The album contains many short musical tales of emotional journeys, but it all comes to a thrilling end as the title track breaks up where the main plot developed and where it flows into its final moments. Inspired by Miranda’s own poetry where he personifies Love and Emptiness as these star-crossed beings who live a world apart but can only exist with the existence of one another. This continues with the album’s final track ‘Love Took The Last Of It’, where they set Love and Emptiness in the context of a heartbreak. Heartbreak is a transition of Love becomes Emptiness; losing one will lead to the other as nature intended. The feeling is strong and the pain is intense, and it’s enough to make the listener either cry in their heart or cry into their hands. Or both.

“Feeling others are more deserving of love and acceptance than yourself – which millions around the world can relate to”

Overall, the album captures the tough times in life and how it can break down someone from the inside out. Through experiences such as deaths, breakdowns and break-ups, it’s a record that can touch anyone’s heart and help them fight through their own struggles with these events, whether happening now or if it happened long ago in the past. Pain, suffering and mental illness are not uncommon topics in alternative music – not by a long shot – but it’s always welcome when it’s taken straight from real life like Movements have done with this adventure.

This is an album that is almost guaranteed to tug heartstrings so hard, blood will be pouring with the tears.

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