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Recitation

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Editorial Reviews

It's no surprise that Envy have increasingly found inspiration in instrumental rock and experimental ambient music - genres that historically circumvent cultural trappings. With each album since their inception in the early '90s the group have chipped away at the linguistic and cultural barriers inherent in international rock music. Their breakthrough came with 2003's A Dead Sinking Story, the groundbreaking third album that replaced familiar hardcore breakdowns with the sound of actual emotional breakdowns, and helped blur the lines between more than a few genres.

1. Guidance
2. Last Hours of Eternity
3. Rain Clouds Running in a Holy Night
4. Pieces of the Moon I Weaved
5. Light and Solitude
6. Dreams Coming To An End
7. Incomplete
8. Worn Heels and the Hands We Hold
9. A Hint and the Incapacity
10. A Breath Clad in Happiness
11. 0 and 1
12. Your Hand

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 12, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Temporary Residence
  • ASIN: B00404MBT0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Mathers on October 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I waited and waited, and eagerly waited and now the new Envy album in in my hands.
I'm reminded of Explosions in the Sky when I listen to this album. In particular, the album "The earth is not a cold dead place." Some of my fondest memories took place while listening to that album and I imagine I'll have many more sweet memories with "Recitation" by Envy.

Solid album, I would say it's their best yet. If you were a fan of "The earth is not a cold dead place", imagine that album, with Tetsuya's vocals, and a few nifty little treats like punk rock-ish drum breakdowns in "Rainclouds running in a holy night" and a beautiful female voice reading the lyrics to "Guidance".
This album is absolutely amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SFsteven on February 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Very, very good Envy album. A little bit softer than previous albums but still powerful, very atmospheric. Tetsuya Fukagawa's voice is just amazing. Beyond his roaring he carries the most beautiful emotions from human's palette.
Save you some time and stop hesitating. Get it.
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I probably will hype up this album more than I should; but this is one of the most incredible pieces of soundcraft I have had the pleasure of hearing in a long time. I had nearly lost all hope in my quickly fading fascination with hardcore, screamo, metal , what have you for a reason unbeknownst to me until I gave this thing a listen upon suggestion per Myke Ctown of Dead End Hip Hop (a YouTube channel that you should be subscribed to). This is what I have always felt was missing from those genres; something human; something tangible..

Describing music is difficult for me but this LP reaches an emotional and personal level that no other "heavy" band has achieved with me since I heard Darkest Hour's Deliver Us in 8th grade; and it does it without even using lyrics I can truly understand. I connect with it like I connect with albums such as Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over The Sea, Grouper's Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill, or Modest Mouse's The Moon & Antarctica; without sacrificing the frustration and intensity of the hardcore and metal like Minor Threat or bands as extreme as Brain Drill that I seemed to be losing all interest in. In simpler terms they revitalized my opinion of what the genre can accomplish when done just right; and inspired me to check out more groups like this; I'm new to this post-hardcore genre and I am very impressed.

to summarize; this is a spectacular listen that could be accessible to any sort of rock music fan, a truly unique piece of work that deserves (and generously rewards) close attention. Buy it and you won't regret it. 11/10, must listen. Vinyl is the way to go with this one for sure if you own a turntable.
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Format: Audio CD
This album isn't as loud as their earlier work, but continues Envy's transition into more of a post-rock band with moments of crushing ball-blasting noise. Interestingly, I wouldn't be surprised if that resulted them in being less popular, since they might be seen as "too soft" for hardcore fans now and "too noisy" for post-rock fans. Nonetheless, the guitar interplay is typically fantastic, singer Tetsuya is a really good vocalist for the genre, and the rhythm section does its job. Not my favorite Envy album of all time, but they are certainly growing as a band, and they're doing it well.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By naggyn8 on March 22, 2011
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Okay, so really this is not a bad album. It's just not up to par with 'Insominac' or the recent EP's with Jesu and Thursday. If you like Envy then you should at least expose yourself to this recording as there are some shining moments, though unfortunately not many ...
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