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Nick Beard (Bass) – Steve Clifford (Drums) – Brendan Ekstrom (Guitar) –
Colin Frangicetto (Guitar) - Anthony Green (Vocals)

Whatever you think Circa Survive’s new album means, you’re right. However you understand the lyrics, in whichever way you construe the melodies, whatever emotions rise within you, whether it generates nostalgia or pain or hope or ... Read more in Amazon's Circa Survive Store

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  • Audio CD (May 29, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Equal Vision Records
  • ASIN: B000PFU9TM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,901 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Living Together
2. In the Morning And Amazing
3. The Greatest Lie
4. The Difference Between Medicine And Poison Is In the Dose
5. Mandala
6. Travel Hymn
7. Semi Constructive Criticism
8. Kicking Your Crosses Down
9. On Letting Go
10. Carry Us Away
11. Close Your Eyes To See
12. Your Friends Are Gone

Editorial Reviews

Circa Survive have spent the last two years carving their place in the music world. Their captivating debut album Juturna was written and recorded before ever having played a live show, and has gone on to sell over 100,000 copies according to Nielsen Soundscan. Praised by critics for it's delicate composure Juturna quickly became a favorite in the eyes of true music lovers who appreciated the album note for note. As word spread about the band, Circa Survive landed tours with My Chemical Romance, Thrice, Saves The Day, Rise Against, and Thursday, amongst others. Night after night, a fleet of awestruck observers were exposed to the band's intensely compelling performance led by singer Anthony Green's fanatical onstage charisma. Green spends his time in the spotlight swaying back and forth caressing the heads of front row viewers, somehow creating an intimate environment amidst a sea of cultlike fans yearning for his touch. In early 2007, Circa Survive recorded their magical new album, On Letting Go with producer Brian McTernan (Thrice, Strike Anywhere, Hot Water Music) at his Salad Days Studios in Baltimore, MD. The beautiful recording presents Circa Survive in a brand new light. It shows a band that has become more comfortable with themselves, a band that has developed naturally, and a band with endless confidence... it shows a band that has truly let go.

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Guitars are great and the drums were just awesome.
Brendan R. Platt
While most clean-cut, polished albums are frowned upon, the sharpness of OLG is a massive compliment to the art that Circa has created here.
Kevin
I promise, regardless of your musical taste, you will find something to love in "On Letting Go."
Gregory Bowen

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on May 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
So here we are. 25 months after Juturna's debut, an album that most would consider a gift-wrapped surprise to the "experimental/prog rock" genre, an album - no matter the measure of its atmospherics, screamed potential and evenmoreso a sense of modesty. Well at last, we get to find out what Green & Co. have been up to, and apparently they've been up to a lot.

"On Letting Go" teeters on epic. A balance between the subdued, yet meticulously crafted (Kicking Your Crosses Down / The Greatest Lie) to the punch in the face, no holds barred unexpected (Semi Constructive Criticism / Mandala). With a lineup so versatile as talented, mediocrity and monotony is simply unheardof - this is the type of combination that guarantees an album that just delivers - especially at a consistent level.

The more prevalent presence of Frangicetto & Ekstrom on multiple outings (In The Morning and Amazing / The Difference Between...), is a key component to what makes OLG as being a more mature and defined piece of work. Green's vocals and songwriting capabilities also can't be denied here: "If blood is thicker than water / Then you'll drown quicker than we intended / And you'll know where you can find us in the end / So we can begin again."

Also, hats off to Brian McTernan for engineering some of the most amazing production work heard in recent years. While most clean-cut, polished albums are frowned upon, the sharpness of OLG is a massive compliment to the art that Circa has created here. The only thing worse than overproduction is underproduction.

In a nutshell it's anyones guess where the band chooses to go from this point, already with 2 impressive albums under their belt, Circa has a wide, tasteful palette to expand from and they have yet again raised the bar to an even higher standard.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By threestarsmash on September 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
First they were "Holding Someone's Hair Back," now they're "Living Together." Between Juturna and "On Letting Go," the Circa blueprint hasn't changed much: woolly waves of fuzz pedal bliss lap at the eardrums from the get-go, showcasing Green and Co.'s penchant for mesmerizing midtempo space rock has not yet ebbed.

Nothing written about Circa Survive can truly claim completeness without a smattering of Anthony Green references. The guy is a little hard to ignore, especially belting out the words to the songs like the offspring of a violin and a choir boy. Green's vocals are legendary and instantly recognizable, and a perfect fit for this type of music.

Ironically, what catches the ear about Circa Survive at first listen is also what can cause them some trouble. Anthony Green can hit those high notes with clear ease, and the quavering timbre of his voice is an instant hook to anyone who hasn't heard Circa or Saosin before. But there's no denying that he stays within his langorous comfort zone as a vocalist-- no doubt as a means of helping create Circa Survive's overall listless, spaced-out vibe. You shouldn't blame Green for this; he sounds great up there. But his vocal style can be like the sound of syrup on your breakfast pancakes: sticking endorphins to the roof of your brain while making you sick to your stomach if you eat too much.

Depending on attention span, "On Letting Go" might prove to be "too much" for some. But the album overall has some truly great moments, despite risk of seasickness from casual listening.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Lee on May 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
For people who know how Anthony Green sounds like, he doesn't sound much different in this album. Vocally, its basically slightly refined from Juturna, their debut, but perhaps that's merely the increased production in this album. As their sophomore, ON LETTING GO is a drastic leap from Juturna, which was rambling, and on which, some of the songs started sounding like the previous. Juturna grew on me, but I didn't see much of the guitars or even the drums being anything special. Not so with ON LETTING GO. This is hot and heavy fast. No matter what, a single sampling of "The Only Difference Between..." and you'll be in--all in. Swiveling, swiping guitars and effects, intense drums, even tightly wound basses frosted with Green's surroundly unique voice makes a perfect cake. No longer do the other guys seem like a touring band with a vocalist--instruments actually play equal roles this time around, unlike Juturna. Still, the lyrics are very powerful, more so than Juturna's "Eternal Spotless"-copied synopsis lyrics. "All I wanted to be was one of your children"

Are we even now? We are unrelated" from the title track is resonating in my mind. Its nothing positvely direct, but the meaning is abstract when other lyrics are involved, but a hot point is the "If blood is thicker than water

Then you'll drown quicker than we intended," which sounded cliched at first, but it relays a strong message when compounded with strong guitars and pedal effects. Although much of the guitars are basically played with varying amounts of distortion and rabid use of hammer-ons and pull-offs, the other effects used are also unimaginably settling. The mood that the album creates is more of an atmosphere--its like stepping into Willy Wonka and ordering everything at once. There are a few gripes.
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