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Dark, raw brilliance,
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This review is from: Disappear Here (MP3 Music)
Ever since I bought this album last fall, it has been played countless times. Not one song on here is disappointing, each one shifting styles while holding on to a main theme. This album, while not loud and aggressive, has a very dark and intense vibe to it that I absolutely relish. The defining elements in this album are the percussion and vocals, though there are numerous classical pieces scattered through the songs.
We start off at "Empire", where those beats set the mood for the whole album.
Moving onto "Can You Hear Me Now", it's almost as if two songs were playing at once, complementing each other rather smoothly. I love how two polar opposites work so well together.
"Green Shell Suit" has nice beats and electronica, along with some elegant vocals in the background.
Now comes one of my album favorites, if not the favorite; "Disappear Here". It has a dark intro, slowly climbs up to a fantastic tempo, and falls away to a surreal and haunting end. The vocal work is superb, and the lyrics are nothing short of brilliant. Very entrancing song.
Everything shifts to calm acoustics once we reach "Every Word". It has a nice subtle beat, along with that nice vocal work that would make any road drive instant relaxation.
But don't get too comfortable, as "Formula Of Fear" makes it's mark. The rhythm is among the most catchy, and uses a fantastic piano piece that brings out the raw talent in this album. I won't explain how great the vocals/lyrics are yet again.
"City Siren" flaunts some great classical, which can be very well likened to a movie encore. It may be short, but that piece will be returning later in the album...
Also among my favorites is "Salt". Using an exotic beat and seductive vocals, you cannot skip this song. Definitely one of those songs that you would move to.
"Original Sin" has a very slow build up but definitely has a strong seduction to it. The percussion gets strong, and the vocals/lyrics are quite dark and intense. A lot of raw appeal here.
If any of the songs in this album had to lose a point, it would be "Take A Fall". It's not a bad song, however the vocals aren't too impressive, and the song never changes or moves around like the others do; it ends the same way it started.
"Break My Soul" takes that nice encore from before and uses that great percussion and vocal work to give the classical genre a modern edge. I always admire classical, but never listen to it much due to the fact that it, well, bores me. But this song breaths a new kind of life into it, and keeps me interested. It has a serious and somewhat intense vibe to it.
Finally, everything winds down to "Numb". Vocals and lyrics are the main theme here, and gently ends the album on a higher note.
It's a brilliant album that maintains a dark and intense theme, while experimenting with musical styles and almost complete genre jumps. If, on those long nights driving or working, you don't feel like listening to soft music, but just don't feel up to louder music, try this album. It'll keep your interest up throughout.
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Initial post: Oct 25, 2011 3:00:44 AM PDT
It's such a brilliant album
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2011 11:23:22 AM PDT
Jonathan Lohkamp says:
I know, right? I'm excited to see how their newest album is going to be.
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