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Plenty of bands like to yammer on about how their newest record is a “return to their roots,” as if some undiscovered brilliance is to be found and resurrected on early demos and basement jam sessions. But the in case of ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead (or Trail of Dead from here on out, because who really wants to type all that over and over), a return to form could ... Read more in Amazon's And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Store

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  • Audio CD (November 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B000J233YE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pioneering Austin-based rock band And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead return with their third and most compelling full-length yet. So Divided packs a hook-laden punch, as equal parts anthemic guitar, layered orchestration, and bitingly introspective lyrics crash and interweave.

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This Austin quintet's metamorphosis from scrappy art-punks to great American rock band is complete with these 11 tunes, even if the layered harmonies, blithe melodies, and textured hooks of numbers like the gig-gone-wrong tale "Eight Days of Hell" owe as much to the Beatles as to the Beach Boys. The lyrics remain as opaque and allusive--of personal trauma, cultural unease, assertive rebirth, and disconnection--as they were in the days Trail of Dead were known for literally shedding blood on stage during savage performances. But the group's far more sophisticated on their fourth major-label release. Their range and ability to create grand soundscapes have grown thanks in part to smart casting. King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto, slide guitarist Daniel Wilcox, and Dresden Dolls pianist-vocalist Amanda Palmer are among the guest who add color to some of this disc's most emotionally vibrant arrangements. Nonetheless, it's the core group's now-fully-realized flexibility that makes the galloping polyrhythms of "Wasted State of Mind" rub comfortably against the bull-in-a-china-shop guitar-rock of "Stand in Silence" and the staggering T. Rex riffery of "Naked Sun." The album closes with the epic, two-part "Sunken Dreams," which wraps the group's muscular guitar-driven nucleus in a vocal choir, waves of reverb, and elements of musique concrete to create a sweeping backdrop for a tale of love among the ruins of a post-nuclear world--or a barren soul. It's captivating. --Ted Drozdowski

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This, not so much, to borrow the phrase.
Gary Cartwright
And just because a band has piano in there songs does not make them sound like the beatles, as if that's a bad thing in the first place.
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If you haven't tried these guys, you can buy this one without a pre-listen.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. Wright on November 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am mainly reviewing this album a little higher because the other review was so bad. If you did not like Worlds Apart then this album is not for you. So Divided continues in the direction that they started on with The Secret Of Elena's Tombs. I have to disagree with one part of the other review on here that actually I hear a kind of return to Source Tags & Codes. Most of the noise is gone but some of the psychadelic sounds that were underneath all the noise is more upfront now. This album is really more a long the lines of 4 stars. And yes there are rumours that this may be the last album by this band. I hope not but a band like this is always underappreciated at the time of their existence and when they are gone people long for them to get back together. The band does have a more prog rock sound but I don't here the emo reference here. Trail of Dead have always been about exploring their darker emotions in song.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sage Turk on February 21, 2007
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This review goes to 3 groups:

A)Completely new listeners: Probably the first thing that should be cleared up is what to expect from a band called ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. The answer? Not what you'd expect. It's not death metal. It's not thrash, or hardcore, or even really punk (past fans look at section "C"). If you've been reading reviews and have seen references to Oasis, or the Beatles...those would certainly be closer comparisons than their name would imply. Why go over this? Because you'll probably land in two categories. If you like hardcore or death metal exclusively, then you'll listen for a minute and want to throw it out. Others who are just curious will probably be pleasantly surprised...because that's what Trail of Dead has become. Pleasant. For you this album is: *** three stars.

B) Those that discovered Trail of Dead through their last album, Worlds Apart. As it's been said a thousand times, if you like that album, this is the best of that album, honed, and magnified. You'll probably appreciate the melody, the knack for creating surprising easy to swallow alt rock. ***** five stars

C) If you've known Trail of Dead since the beginning...or at least since Source Tags and Codes... I hate to say it but this is not the same band. Gone is the explosiveness, the ferocity, the coursing crashing power. If somehow you skipped worlds apart and went straight to this...you'd be shocked, and probably a little saddened. * one star

Summary: Trail of Dead have proven to be a tidal wave...all power and commotion...then suddenly peace. If you can appreciate both, awed by a sunset over the water as easy as the crashing storm, Then you'll appreciate Trail of Dead's transformation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John on December 18, 2006
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Conrad and the boys are back with a vengeance on 'So Divided' Where `World's Apart' was really a huge departure from the sound fans have come to love about the Trail of Dead, this sounds like the best parts of both of their two previous albums molded together. Once again there is a wide variety of songs (including not only a Guided By Voices cover but also a song that could have been taken straight off the last Shins CD), but somehow it all seems to flow just fine even when listening to the whole thing at once. In Conrad's own words, "On the previous record, I was trying harder to be optimistic, but I also wasn't really writing about myself. All the stuff I wrote on this record is definitely about what I've been going through, and I didn't mince words or try to paint a prettier picture."

The rocking, psychedelic, fuzzed out sound that everyone loved on `Source Tags' has returned, but it's now melded perfectly with the anthemic quality introduced on `World's Apart'. This new style works magnificently on standouts like "Wasted State of Mind" and the title track. I can already envision entire audiences singing along and blazing lighters to "Wasted State of Mind". "So Divided" is just an instant classic. It starts out pretty laid back, but before the second verse, the tempo doubles, racing along through the next two verses as if some amphetamines had just kicked in. It all culminates in the long, crashing third verse with Conrad screaming some great lyrics:

"You think your future is warm and bright,

But it is death and I'm your destiny.

You think you'll be protected by God,

I'll put you out of your misery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Art n'Music Lover on November 30, 2006
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This is just like what happened earlier this year with the new AFI album. Bands change, and "real/longtime" fans can't handle it. The fact that Trail of Dead actually titled their new release "So Divided" means they could foresee the continued fan angst. Whatever. I focus on the music. Worlds Apart is where I got on board with this band--that's a gorgeous disc from start to finish. I've seen them live, (yes they rawk), and listened to their past material. Frankly, I don't think their older stuff is as melodic or developed. Can't get into it. Now, onto this new disc: it takes a few listens, but then it really grows on you. There's no initial payoff like "Will You Smile Again?", but "So Divided" gets me screaming along to the bombastic chorus ("put you out of your misery!"). Fave song is "Witch's Web". Love the symphonic touches at times: these are big powerful songs you can sink your teeth into. The final song is very Cure-ish, and a good exit to a fine disc. Love the fact Amanda Palmer plays piano on "Wasted State Of Mind". Can't wait to see them next week here in SF!
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