edited 2nd Nov '10 7:39:27 AM by Saeglopur
Track 2 - I Don't Need A Soul. Hmm, the piano makes an appearance. Sparingly. Not too bad actually. Not particularly interesting either, but quite engaging and, dare I say it, catchy.
Track 3 - Candlelight. Ooh, jangly. I'm getting echoes of the kind of 60s-west-coast-revivalism espoused by The Thrills and The Coral. Ooh, electric organ! Is that a Rhodes by any chance?
Track 4 - Flare. Ooh, I quite like this, even though it's only a 1-minute outro. Lyrics are a tad trite though.
Track 5 - Part Of It. Okay, so this track sounds very familiar already. I get the sense that after 11 more tracks I'm going to be very bored.
Track 6 - Outro. Completely missed this. *Listens again*. Hardly surprising. One thing I have noticed - he really sounds like Ben Gibbard on those high notes.
Track 7 - Therapy. More electric piano in the intro, and the normal piano makes a re-appearance in the front of the mix. Songs are beginning to blur into each other. Quiet verse, tinkly piano, BIG FAT DRUM FILL, LOOOUUUDD CHOORRRUUUSSS, add vocal harmonies a third above, repeat. Also, explicit reference to the G-Man for the first time. Not that I have anything against that, just interesting to point out.
Track 8 - Over It. Ugh. This is drastically ungood. That laid back drum beat, the piano... this is starting to sound dangerously close to The Fray or *shudder* Daniel Powter territory. However... nice use of the Tenor Sax at the end there, apropos of nothing.
Track 9 - Sahara. This is more like it! Much better. For the verse anyway. Chorus is a bit over-earnest. But it pounds the previous track into the dirt.
Track 10 - Oasis. Ooooooooh. Niceness. Harmonies be awesome. Aww, it's a short one. Too Good to Last indeed.
Track 11 - Savannah. Nice rhythms. Would be nice if the drums and guitars did something a bit different though - this is somewhat improved by the introduction of the extra percussion. So yeah this is all going quite nicely wait WHAT?? NOOO! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! This track was something a bit different and a nice break, but now you've gone and hidden those nice afrobeat rhythms under same-ol'-guitars and one-third-above-harmonies! BOOOOO! No amount of hokey shakers and guitar effects will salvage this now
Track 12 - Baby. Now them's some tasty power chords. Ah, it's just an outro again. Too Good to Last. Again.
Track 13 - If You Believe Me. Ho hum. More of the same. Shouty vocals in the chorus. For the lulz?
Track 14 - This Is The End. IF ONLY IT WERE. Oh come on vocalist, at least sing something different to the piano line. BOOM LOUD CHORDS OUTTA NOWHERE. Oh well, at least that brought the energy levels above 'yawnsome' for a minute or so. For all my slating of it, it's mostly just because I'm bored, not because it's genuinely bad. It's just nothing special or different.
Track 15 - (If You Want It). Why is this in a seperate track? It's just an extension of the previous track but less angry and with strings! You're allowed to write songs over 5 minutes long, friend! It's called Epic Rocking! It would've made your album a bit more interesting! BUT NO!
Track 16 - Terminals. Bonus track time! Programmed and produced by the guy from Owl City. Oh dear lord. You can tell as well. Bedroom synths ahoy! Oh how sickeningly twee. IT JUST SOUNDS LIKE AN OWL CITY SONG! Which in turn, of course, sounds like a mediocre Postal Service tribute band. Which brings us full circle from my comments on track 6, I guess. En Conclusion: Meh, meh, meh. It started okay, got a bit boring, got a bit better in the middle, then dropped off again and got very boring. I wish I could come up with some more consructive criticism, but I can't. It was perfectly listenable, but just trundled by in a blur of 3rd-apart-harmonies, piano led verses and LOUD CHORUSES. With the exception of Oasis, which even though it was under a minute long, was the undoubted highlight of the album. And the less said about the last track, the better. 5/10 at best, probably less.
edited 2nd Nov '10 8:56:29 AM by Saeglopur
edited 2nd Nov '10 8:06:15 PM by Zudak
edited 2nd Nov '10 8:47:32 PM by Solstace
edited 3rd Nov '10 3:28:19 AM by Saeglopur
edited 3rd Nov '10 11:49:26 AM by Solstace
edited 3rd Nov '10 6:55:44 PM by Saeglopur
edited 3rd Nov '10 10:21:35 PM by KurtMcAllister
edited 3rd Nov '10 6:58:49 PM by MetaFour
- Zagar - Local Broadcast
- cLOUDDEAD - cLOUDDEAD
- Robin and Linda Williams - Devil of a Dream
- Esem - Scateren
- Woven Hand - Mosaic
- Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid
- Battles - Mirrored
- Titus Andrunicus - The Monitor
edited 8th Jan '12 7:41:58 PM by MetaFour
edited 4th Nov '10 3:24:25 AM by Saeglopur