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  • Vinyl (February 28, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Carrot Top Records
  • ASIN: B006JZWIBY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2012 release from the Chicago-based Alt-Rockers. With Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) now fully integrated into the lineup, Disappears return with a full-bore assault of a record. Pre Language finds the band speaking on, of all things, love. Direct allusions to Philip K. Dick, James Baldwin, and Joan of Arc sit side by side with songs about the lows of life and the characters that permeate it. Recorded in Hoboken, NJ at Sonic Youth's Echo Canyon West studio and mixed with John Congleton, Pre Language finds Disappears at their most potent and focused. The band has finally stepped into their own world and the results are thrilling.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 6, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The third album introduces Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) on drums; it starts with insistent pounding straight out of Joy Division. It then erupts into a jittery guitar riff and doomy bass in an echoed monolith of produced, chilly sound. If this intrigues you, this will delight you.

"Replicate" signals the intentions of Disappears. They copy those who made the original robotic frameworks to house what seems human in its fragility and sustained heartbeat underneath a severe first glance. The title track opens up more of a postpunk approach, but it ramps it down to a more streamlined entry, edging in a more accessible guitar fill over a more conventional beat. "Hibernation Sickness" continues this direction adroitly, and "Minor Patterns" plays into the delay features of a Martin Hannett-era late-70s production, but admirer of that style as I am, it may wear down less ardent hearers well before its four minutes-plus end. It's a self-selecting audience for this astringent mood, certainly.

"All Gone White" with a shivery guitar, grim vocal and an evocative title hearkens to Goth; "Joa" snakes through related atmospheres. "Fear of Darkness" reminds me of the New York sound of '00s revivalist bands nodding back thirty-odd years, but I found it rather monochrome. "Love Drug" lurches about until its final minute, when a danceable rhythm emerges, a rarity on this record so far. This allows Shelley to show off a bit more than many songs allow him to, in their rigidity.

"Brother Joliene" turns to a distorted, downbeat twist recalling Mark E. Smith and The Fall--like them, it for this song prefers to stick to a stern style, until it makes a clever shift to letting out the tension into the guitar surge. It ends this short album intelligently.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chakaconcarne on January 24, 2013
Format: Audio CD
All I can say is this album is...all their albums are... fantastically fresh. I can listen to this album over and over and not get tired of it. A really talented band. I'm really surprised there aren't more reviews. I hope they have a good manager and stay around for a while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PuroShaggy on July 17, 2012
Format: Audio CD
One of the difficulties in enjoying psych rock albums, and Disappears live shows attest to their belonging in that widely defined genre, is capturing the energy of a performance and conveying that to the listener. Disappears "Pre Language" solves that problem with ten concise, riff heavy tracks that provide the template for lengthy live jams but also make for intriguing listening when recorded in the studio.
Think of Disappears as the Spoon of psych rock. Each track centers around a tightly wound bass riff that provides a solid groove around which the other instruments can play. The energy is propulsive and driven, danceable, if that is your game, yet musical enough to make you want to sit back and appreciate. The guitar playing either adds texture, echoes the rhythm section, or adds broad strokes of noise and distortion that enhance the menacing tone of the vocals. The exhilaration comes in the bursts of guitar solos and song ending jams that allow for some tension release and help vary the landscape.
"Pre-Language" sounds like an early 80's goth album performed by Blue Oyster Cult. The mood is definitely somber and dark, but the musicians have chops and display them frequently. This is a great album and a must see band live.
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By MIREK KLABAL on February 5, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I've seen them live twice and they are incredible! I remember a lot of songs from this album they played at the shows. I would say this is my favorite Disappears album so far.
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