- Audio CD (22 Jan. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Redeye (Cargo Stock)
- ASIN: B00AIZ2HE4
- Other Editions: Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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All in all, the record sounds more thought out and perhaps more rounded than previous releases. Definitely my favourite math rock album of the new year.
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General reactions to each song, for those who crave more:
The album opens with "Cat Fantastic", a song style we are familiar with, but by its close we start to hear the role the bass plays in creating their new trademark sound.
"Havoc in the Forum" is pretty accurately described by its title. Frantic extended riffs are played over heavy bass and a thundering, stompy beat.
"Left Aligned" continues to explore this style (cue bass "chords"), while incorporating more rhythmic irregularities and classic TTNG volume swells/diminishes.
"Yggdrasil "is the first "short track" on this album. It succeeds in pounding weird electronics, a consistent bass riff and ambient noise into your head. By then end, the track is reduced to bass, revealing to the listener a melody they had been listening to all along without realizing it. I can't help but think of Tera Melos's short, more electronic tracks when listening.
By time we reach "Minute Snake" we feel acclimated to TTNGs new style, so in certain ways it seems more like an old familiar song than a new. The extended instrumental harmonic jam at the end helps reinforce this. That being said, it still retains the more in-your-face and march-like percussion that 18.104.22.168.0 seems to feature.
"2 Birds" is the first of three acoustic tracks on this album and is probably the most like older songs such as "I'll forget about you throwing that rock...."
"Nice Riff, Clichard" has a similar feel to "Yggdrasil"....Tera Melos's Melody 1 anybody? Not that they sound the same, but its a cool comparison.
"Triptych" does a nice job of transitioning back to the more up-beat songs, alternating between sections with percussion and without. Following it, "Pymgy Polygamy" is the second acoustic track and perhaps the most intriguing to me; simple yet complex-giving an aura of mystery to something that the listener feels he/she already has "figured out."
"A Different Kind of Tall" and "+3 Awesomeness" close the album with a bang, and are real standout tracks. They represent a perfect marriage between a growth as a band and elements that long time TTNG fans will drool over (the guitar melodies are infectious). In fact, by time the final track hits, named after the album (or vice versa?), it seems more like an afterthought because the listener is still digesting the previous tracks. It is probably a good thing that the final track is so mellow....or else all of our brains would be burnt to a crisp instead of being moderately fried.
Stu, the original, quite expressive (look up live shows on YouTube to see his moves) lead singer of This Town Needs Guns departed from the band to pursue the traditional life of raising a family instead of being on tour. Henry Tremain replaced him, but he isn't quite the same. And hey, can't expect him to be. I loved This Town Needs Guns not only musically, but also lyrically. I felt like Stu sang the pains of relationships I could relate to almost too well. Tremain isn't nearly the spokesman he was. His new inclusion yields most of my disdain for the new direction of the band. Musically, however, the record is quite good. Tim Collis is, without question to me, the greatest guitar player of our generation. His speed with technicality and accuracy are astounding and have always been integral to the band's sound, if not its absolute signature (much like Zach Smith's unconventional bass playing in the band Pinback). It's hard not to appreciate the musicianship on this album, which justifies its release. However, it won't quite be like the old days. And that's fine. I know I'm "that guy" that has to criticize when a band changes directions, but I don't necessarily think I'm in the minority here. Metaphorically, TTNG are smooth jazz in comparison to the freestyle bebop of Animals and everything before. No longer do we have the lengthy choruses of "If I Sit Still Maybe I'll Get Out Of Here" or the punch of "Lemur". But hey, at least we still get silly song names the band has always been known for.
I don't hate this record at all. It's just ok.