Obsessed with mental illness, loneliness, and survival, Five Eight frontman Mike Mantione paints a harrowing picture on The Good Nurse. Funeral march tempos and faded earth tone textures couch Mantione's meditations on manic depression and other day-to-day struggles. Kindred spirits may find solace in his testimony, but casual listeners will find the morbid hospital setting and overall sense of hopelessness a bit overwhelming. Sequenced like one long song, The Good Nurse wallows in emo-style darkness from start to finish, with nary a respite from its stale smell of death. Not for the squeamish.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Hinds