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3.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Review (3 1/2), April 13, 2011
This review is from: Downward Is Heavenward (Audio CD)
I bought Astronaut 5 years ago and it's been my favorite album since. I put off looking at Downward cuz I wasn't impressed with its singles (I liked "Green to Me", but didn't think it was AMAZING). Well, I have finally listened to this alubm, and...well...there's definitely some good stuff on here, perhaps even some of the best material of their career, but all the starry-eyed reviews by fans on here completely negate the not so good songs on the album, which there are plenty. About half the album is genius, the other half..."meh". Astronaut was a genius album, and "Apollo" and "Afternoon with Axolodtl" outperform just about anything on there. "Green to Me" is very catchy and unique, so unique that it barely fits in with the rest of the album haha. "Dreamboat" was also a very strong tack. The opening and closing tracks are good, as they should be on any good album, but as stated above, half the song on here are weak. I wouldn't characterize it as filler, because they're sincere songs that aren't just there to take up space; but they're just not good. Among the weaker songs are "Ms.Lazarus", "If You Are to Bloom", and "The Intuit Promise". And, despite getting radio attention, "Comin' Home" aint exactly a masterpiece; it's a watered down version of "The Pod".

If you're new to Hum, I wouldn't start out with the album. Maybe download some of the good tracks ("Apollo", "Afternoon", etc.), but a novice Hum fan should start out with Astronaut.

There's some genius stuff on here, but it's just not as consistently good as Astronaut.
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Sep 14, 2011 8:24:58 PM PDT
Joe says:
this review is MEH.

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 11:49:40 AM PST
Your review isn't realistic. You're just trying to down-put a good album.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 7:53:41 PM PST
clickhand says:
No need to compare any album track for track to its predecessor. They're different children. Different personalities. Whenever I get back in a Hum mood again, I always listen to this album first before Astronaut. (I even like Electra 2000 btw)

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 11:41:05 AM PDT
Keep listening to it. And then listen some more. I wasn't immediately blown away at first but over the years, yes, all 16 years, it improves with every listen. Even last night while listening with headphones I was noticing things I hadn't heard before. Maybe ASTRONAUT is the better "song" album, but DOWNWARD is a masterpiece of sound and depth. It belongs right up there with SPIDERLAND and LOVELESS as one of the best albums of the 90's..
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