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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2009
When I purchased this, I had only heard a few of The Almost's best tracks from their first album and enjoyed them immensely. I'm definitely a fan of Underoath as well. But, to say it simply, I wasn't very impressed with this album as a whole. After the first three of four tracks, I was wondering if I had completely wasted my money. But then it started getting much better. Two tracks, "Hand Grenade" and "Monster," are excellent.

As a whole, they sound good as a band. Surprisingly, Aaron's vocals weren't as strong as I've heard on previous recordings. The drums rock, and the arrangements of some songs are really creative. For me, though, there are just too many sub-par songs that sound like a not-as-good version of Paramore.

I will listen again. Maybe they'll start to grow on me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2009
The Almost has done it again. This time around Aaron has a backing band behind him (instead of playing ALL of the instruments like on Southern Weather). The result is a more cohesive sound. The best way to describe The Almost is if Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday became the frontman of the Foo Fighters. As someone who loved Southern Weather, I was hoping to not be disappointed by Monster Monster after hearing it was more radio-friendly. But fear not! It still has "raw" moments, but just excellent production (per usual) by Aaron Sprinkle. And at currently $7.99, go buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2009
This album is more positive in sound in contrast to Southern Weather. My favorite song is the last one, Monster-so awesome.

Four starts instead of five because some of the songs in the middle of the CD are good but not great.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2009
The name Underoath has become a common one among... well, anyone who knows what Christian rock or metal is, and even those only familiar with the secular version of these genres. It's not difficult to see how such a talented band has gained the best of both worlds in today's music industry. And as most successful vocalists do, Underoath drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie created a side-project. But The Almost wasn't just any side-project. 2007's Southern Weather was one of the most successful side-projects Christian music had ever seen. And, just like Underoath, The Almost caught the eyes of those categorized by secular music, partly because of their Tooth & Nail/Virgin Records partnership. This year brings us another healthy dose of Almost, titled Monster Monster.

The opening title track has the fun guitars and vocals found the last time around. Except this time there's something different--it all feels like more of a band effort. Not only are the vocals and lyrics extraordinary (something typical for a vocalist's side-project), but the music is as well! "Monster Monster" exhibits these elements perfectly. Repeating everything in the chorus twice gets monotonous, but it doesn't take away from the song in any way.

One other thing that this first song demonstrates is the beginning of a concept album. The theme running through Monster Monster has to do with the dark side of our human nature. We all have a monster living in us that defies God's will for our lives and does what it wants for itself. But we can't let that monster win. Every day we have a choice to make: do we fight the monster or give in to its wicked desires? This is what Gillespie and crew structured Monster Monster around. In what may be the highlight of the album, he sings, "When I am a monster, You never wince when You look at me. When I am a freak, You never stare. When I am a leper, You never say 'unclean.' And when I am lost... You come and get me free." God loves us even when we do give in to the monster, and is waiting to welcome us back into His arms when we realize our mistake.

Other highlights of the album include the singles "Lonely Wheel," a punk-rock track that sounds born to be played on the radio, and "Hands," a song that not only has the catchiness and amazing lyrics to go with it, but the melodic piano fused throughout that gives The Almost a better chance to shine their musical talent. Without the piano in "Hands," I'm not sure it would even be the same song.

The diversity of Monster Monster is one of the things that makes it so enjoyable. From the punky, fun-loving mood of the opening four tracks, to the rougher and darker "Young Again," to the ballad "Summer Summer," all the way to the country tinge in "Hand Grenade," we can see that the monster that The Almost has created is definitely a diverse one. The closing track, plainly titled "Monster"--set up to inevitably be confused with "Monster Monster," the opening track--perhaps demonstrates the range and utter talent that this band is capable of the most. Starting off with just the acoustic guitar and Gillespie's voice sets the stage for something epic to unfold. Halfway through the song, it explodes with the rest of the band, with the main highlight being a guitar solo with a real blues feel. I wouldn't have been surprised if a harmonica had suddenly joined in. The band claims that the piece was recorded live, making an already epic track seem completely unbelievable.

The amount of effort and genius put into this sophomore album is above and beyond what I had expected. It's rare to find a band with the incredible gift to make such great music and still choose to label themselves as "Christian." Although the band isn't overly blunt about any of the Christian messages found throughout, their fame might cause some people to look into their background more, and hopefully through Tooth & Nail, discover God's love for them. I look forward to seeing what will happen with The Almost in the future with such a fantastic album. Best Christian rock album of 2009? We'll see...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2009
Enough good things cannot be said about this album. Southern Weather was a decent effort by Gillespie, but untimely forgettable. Monster Monster is a huge step forward for the Almost as a full band. Not only is this album catchy, but every single song bleeds with passion. This album is a diverse effort yet the entire album has a cohesive flow. Essentially the album is comprised of 8 pop/rock and 4 ballads. I am usually not easily impressed with ballads since most artists keep them relatively generic, however none of the Monster Monster's ballads fall into that trap. Lyrically the album is nothing groundbreaking, but beauty is found in the simplicity of the lyrics. The album addresses our need for change; the title track states "I have made a home among the thorns, and I have given in. I have lost respect for me, can this get any worse?" The album is filled with many questions we all ask, and ultimately points to God as the answer. For those who like to put their songs on shuffle in huge playlists, these are the songs that you smile when you hear them.
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on March 19, 2010
I am an avid fan of The Almost, and Underoath (the singer's other band he drums and sings in). The last album the had (Southern Weather) was very upbeat punky pop rock. I was so addicted to this CD and flipped when I heard they were releasing another album. I loved the driving beats and fast paced songs. I was very disappointed with Monster Monster at first. I was totally expecting an album like the last. I hate this album and put it to the side. Well it's several months and when I felt like listening to some chill music I put this album on and now I'm addicted. Although, different, and very unlike The Almost's previous album this album still offers catchy tunes, creative lyrics, and overall good music, not to mention some great worship and tribute to God (which may or not matter to you, but I enjoy it, and that shouldn't affect the listening enjoyment of this album either way).
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on March 10, 2010
Monster Monster has most definitely proved to be one of the most dynamic albums of the fall. Aaron Gillespie has his best years ahead of him as "The Almost" have dived into new concepts and sounds in what is potentially their best album thus far. Demonstrating prowess in both the hardcore and the acoustic, Monster Monster boasts of twelve tracks of raw content.

Perhaps the best summation is the concerted effort of some of the most talented musicians of our day pursuing God. "No I Don't" and "Hand Grenade" are two of the most intimate songs on the album with kickback emo sounds of the late nineties. Overall, an airy album sure to rock through and through...The Almost get's an A plus for Monster Monster.
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on July 30, 2010
I am not sure if this is better than southern weather, but after listening to it 5 or 10 times, the songs are really starting to grow on me. The cd sure has its standout track, and the others are very good as well. No song is bad. there is a lot of diversity as far as style on the album. Aaron also sounds very different in his singing style for this album. Overall it is very good. Unfortunately there is not song comparable to amazing because it is from the southern weather album. Overall a great cd, and you can expect a lot more now that this is Aaron's full time band not a side project any more.
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on December 9, 2009
I hadn't really heard The Almost much when I bought the album, most of the reason me getting it being that I love Underoath. Quite a different style, but still amazing. The effort they put into this record really shows. My favorite song on the album must of been Monster Monster. You should really get it, especially with the ridiculously small price of 5 dollars.
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on December 24, 2012
The Almost give you every emotion in this album, without lacking lyrically or musically.

Each song has intense depth and remain catchy. Aaron masters each song and will move your soul with his beautiful voice.

Can't get enough of this CD.

Perfect for believers who want a little something more in their music.
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