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Scream and Light Up the Sky


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: 5557595198
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Indie-rock duo the Honorary Title make their major-label debut with their third album, SCREAM AND LIGHT UP THE SKY. With more of a full-band sound than their indie recordings, courtesy of big-name producer Rob Schnapf (Beck), Jarrod Gorbel and Aaron Kamstra open up their previous bare-bones blend of folk and emo-tinged indie rock into a sound that's closer to a more aggressive version of the Shins or the Decemberists. Highlights include the snarky first single "Untouched and Intact." A personal and intimate record containing songs about how relationships linger, break down, and begin anew. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"New York emo wordslinger shoots for big guitars and drums, and scores" --Rolling Stone

"Armed with [Jarrod's] elastic, dramatic voice, he and his bandmates leap fearlessly from folksy strumming to Strokes-y pop-punk" --Entertainment Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's been the only CD I've been playing for the past couple days.
Hales28
Even armed with a newly engaging, radio-friendly sound, The Honorary Title still remains a quality band, with all of its golden traits untouched and intact.
A. O'Connor
If you already were a fan and enjoy Anything Else But the Truth hundreds I cant imagine being disappointed by this album.
Aaron Kruglyak

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. O'Connor on August 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It seems to be a recurring event; it happened last week with Rilo Kiley and now this week with Brooklyn-based The Honorary Title. Abandoning your signature sound for a more radio-friendly one can either be a disaster (Liz Phair) or a step forward in creative development. Luckily, The Honorary Title finds firm footing in a broader sound that embraces the band's pop sensibilities.

The album opens humbly with lyrically driven anthems "Thin Layer" and "Stay Away" but immediately kicks into gear with "Untouched and Intact", the album's first single. "Stuck at Sea" is a perfect example of THT's new sound: ambient, area-friendly, and virtually free of acoustic intimacy. As "Far More" proves, the album is essentially a balancing act: maintaining a sound that suits Jarrod Gorbel's vocals and lyrics but simultaneously augmenting that very sound.

"Radiate" is grand affair while "Along the Way" is a beautiful return to the days of THT's "Disengage" - both catchy and spare. And just when you think you know where this album is going "The City Summer" arrives. It's the song that could possibly propel THT into the mainstream. The song even opens with a "Na Na Na Na..." chorus. Even indie-elitists won't be able to deny this one. "Only One Week" and "Wait Until I'm Gone" recall the quiet melancholy of Anything Else but the Truth, providing a great showcase for Jarrod Gorbel's heartfelt vocals. Closing the album is "Even If", a gorgeous new type of THT intimacy that's easy to embrace, even love.

Lyrically, THT have never been more consistent. Their songs have always contained both cynicism and depth but Scream and Light up the Sky contains the strongest hooks of their career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Spratlin on December 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
When the Honorary Title released Anything Else But The Truth in 2004, singer/guitarist Jarrod Gorbel and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Kamstra were an acoustic duo. After several years of playing live, their sound naturally grew to require a full band, with Jonathan Wiley contributing electric guitars and Adam Boyd (ex-the Format) providing the backbeat. If fans of the singer/songwriter formula that graced Truth are worried Gorbel's personal and poignant stories will be lost among the noise, they can put their fears to rest. Playing with a full band, Gorbel's distinct, powerfully emotional vocals have never sounded fuller on Scream And Light Up The Sky. Ranging from vibrant pop-punk ("Untouched") to acoustic balladry ("Even If") to indie-flecked rockers ("Apologize"), each song contains a hook as prominent as the hipster scene in the band's native Brooklyn. While incredibly catchy, a closer listen reveals the dark themes of failed relationships, meaningless sex, inevitable change and mental anguish. "Stay Away" finds Gorbel wailing, "If you're using me/Do it slowly/Make it last until I have to go," and the haunting "Don't you think I'm lonely/Eager to complete the story/Confused and still haunted with why you'd start over" on "Even If" are just two examples of the longing, confusion and heartbreak that pepper the disc. In the end, the Honorary Title prove singing your sorrow really is cathartic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Kruglyak on October 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you already were a fan and enjoy Anything Else But the Truth hundreds I cant imagine being disappointed by this album. I just bought it a week ago because I didn't even realize they had released a new album. I suspect this is the case with many of their fans as I have never seen much promotion anywhere for these guys, but they definitely deserve it. Gorbel, the vocalist, manages to sound even better on this album. The songs are slightly more complex, the arrangements a little bit more grand. I would not at all say this is more of a pop record or radio friendly as I see other reviews saying. However, the production quality has definitely been upped so it does sound a little more slick. This is great music and anybody who liked good indie rock will love this. IF you like Spoon you will like this. And if you cant stand Dashboard Confessionals you will still love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hales28 on September 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Scream & Light Up The Sky is fantastic! It's been the only CD I've been playing for the past couple days. Jarrod Gorbel's vocals and lyrics are amazing. The lyrics are so honest, heartfelt, and relatable. Be sure to check them out with the CD. Each time I listen to the CD, I find a new favorite, but so far my favorites are "Untouched & Intact," "Along The Way," and "Only One Week." Buy this CD!
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This is a progression in the direction of the single from the first album, "bride and tunnel." It's an album of largely upbeat rock tracks that just glide along really well. The grit this band had before has been made less gritty and much more poppy but it still sounds characteristic and hearty. There are still some remnants of their former style such as the last song, but because of the studio-polish producers they use here they achieve a sound that isn't unwelcome, but is different from what they've put out before. The lyrical concerns are the same and the wailing is still everpresent, however, rather than having adequate backing as they did on their previous works, they have a small army with them this time and it sounds like they've been playing together for some time. In some ways these guys are chasing what the Old 97's are doing, but with less alt-country, more acerbic perspective, deadpan humor, and powerpop flair. I think Rhett Miller would be proud to share the stage with these guys. Here's hoping there's much, much more to come. They can never put out the music fast enough.
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