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What We All Come To Need

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Never content to remain stagnant over the course of their almost decade long career, 2009 finds Pelican has shifted gears once again. This year sees them on a new label, Southern Lord, and presenting a brand new full length. "What We All Come To Need" is Pelican through and through and the apex of their creative aspirations. It is the album that straddles most confidently the fine line between adherence to roots and the mining of the unexplored.
Recorded with Chris Common, who has helmed records for a variety of bands, from Minus The Bear to These Arms Are Snakes, "What We All Come To Need" is as punishing as it is calming. This is Pelican at their most inspired and sonically adept, delivering 50 minutes of weighty riffs and textured progressions in momentous succession. This isn t maturation as much as it is confidence and purpose, and the latter are stamped on every note. Greg Anderson (sunnO)))), Aaron Turner (ISIS), Allen Epley (Shiner, Life And Times), as well as Ben Verellen (Helms Alee) guested, lending the record organic diversity
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 26, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: October 26, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southern Lord
  • ASIN: B002MWXV8M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wow. Another excellent release from Pelican! What We All Come To Need surpassed my expectations, and it was hard for me not to give this album a full 5 stars, but I don't do so lightly. If I could give quarter or half stars, this would probably come in around 4 1/4 or 4 1/2. The songs are absolutely incredible, and show Pelican continuing to move in a new direction (in the same vein as City of Echoes and the Ephemeral EP). They definitely do not have the same, slow sludge sound that they mastered on their self-titled debut EP and Australasia, but that certainly isn't a bad thing. They still possess all the heaviness of their previous records, but have expanded it by adding new sonic tools to their arsenal. The drumming is much more noticeable (as it was on Ephemeral) and adds faster rhythms to the mixture, and the guitar riffs are very complex - some of the best of their career. As it seemed to be with their approach on City of Echoes, they absolutely pack as many nasty licks into each measure as possible.

The album opens with a bang on "Glimmer," slowly building up soundwaves and then crashing your eardrums in waves. Fans might notice that the track "Ephemeral" was actually present on the EP of the same name. In the past, Pelican has released different versions of the songs for their EPs, and then presented a trimmer, more cut-down version of the track on the LP. However, this version of "Ephemeral" appears to be nearly the same track, although it does sound ::slightly:: different, as if they maybe re-recorded it for the LP. But the difference is not as pronounced as the EP and LP versions of "March into the Sea" for example.
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I love this album. I loved it since the first melody hit my ears. I've followed Pelican since about 2004-2005 and they quickly became one of my all time favorite bands with The Fire In Our Throats...(their 2nd full length LP). From Fire In Our Throats to City Of Echos and now What We All Come to Need there is a clear progression in quality. The recording quality and delivery has never been better. The mixing has never been better and the drums and bass have come up to make the whole experience more cohesive. Content wise, I feel every Pelican album has its ups and downs. I never expect to love every riff and every minute because there's so much. I get the same experience listening to jazz. There's just so much to hear in every song (there always is) that some parts are gonna stand out among others. Also Pelican have been delivering soul jarring melodies on guitar since Austrlasia, and nothings changed. Thank god the guys haven't run out of ideas, it is apparent that this cd contains equally as many astounding parts as any previous release, with a whole new, warmer feeling. Just look at the album art- this isn't a billowing, lofty first release (Australasia) it isn't a sky blue, fresh, crisp and invigorating album (Fire In Our Throats)- nor is it manganese-black drowning and destructive with shimmers of delicacy thrown in (City Of Echoes) - this is a warm and inviting album. It is all encompassing, the heavy parts grab you rather than hit you hard. It is a great experience. My favorite tracks are Glimmer, The Creeper, Strung Up From The Sky and Final Breath. This is a 5 star band. They're classic. Every release shows a different state of music, but really neither is better or worse- there's just early and later. It's rare to find a band where every album is worth listening to, but here you've found one.
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Pelican are one of a few bands out there creating real instrumental music in the rock world, most instrumental music being jazzier stuff. Not including individuals like the Most High Jeff Beck, so much instrumental rock has been nothing but exercises in wanking that may showcase phenomenal speed and dexterity, but turgid songwriting capabilities.
In the early '60's, instrumental rock had its heyday, where bands created real musical pieces, not just lead guitar work. In fact, until the Beatles came on the scene, if you wanted guitar rock, you had to check out the Beach Boys, Dick Dale and a number of other surf bands to get what you were looking for. Perhaps the Ventures were the most successful of the instrumental bands, who finally received their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently.
So what does this have to do with Pelican? Actually, plenty. Although Pelican is a very heavy outfit, they have wisely crafted a sound that is about the song, and there is no lead work whatsoever on "What We All Come To Need". Like their predecessors, they favor atmosphere and groove, creating a CD that non-musicians can dig as much as any wanker out there. While this reviewer hasn't been familiarized with the band's influences, it's a safe bet they've paid attention to the early '60's period, where, in the case of Dick Dale and The Ventures, words weren't necessary.
Guitar is the bedrock of all rock music and Pelican give that hallowed instrument the attention it deserves. Heavy enough to satisfy the most obnoxious headbanger, yet melodic enough to appeal to a broader audience, which they deserve. A little tempo variation and a lick or two would spice it up, though, as long as they refrained from overdoing it.
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