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Surviving the Quiet [CD]

Seafood Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (22 Nov 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fierce Panda
  • ASIN: B00003WTIC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Seafood are the archetypal indie band: chaotic, dysfunctional and frantic. One minute they're breathing new vigour and life into punk with gut wrenching guitars and some neat, Nine Inch Nails-styled technological wizardry (such as the smashing and crashing "Guntrip"), the next they're turning all melodic (as on the jaunty "Easy Path"--a sweet little melody edged with lo-fi beats and the odd jagged guitar). Then, as if their flitting from nasty to polite rock from song to song wasn't hectic enough, they start doing it within the same track, as "Belt" cuts from savage distortion outbursts to delicate vocals and wobbly melodies. Sounding like it was recorded in a garage with cheap guitars, lots of energy, mixed emotions and the occasional countrified guitar ("Dear Leap The Ride"), Surviving The Quiet isn't exactly revolutionary, and it's not going to change your life. But its therapeutic rock assaults and heartwarming laments might just make your world a nicer place. --Dan Gennoe

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Seafood - Surviving the Quiet

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5.0 out of 5 stars simply buy it. 16 Feb 2000
Format:Audio CD
The album kicks off, in an almost literal way, with Guntrip, one of my personal faves from the excellent live set the band does these days. You can see from this why there are so many journalists referencing bands like Sonic Youth and Sebadoh and the like, when they review the album (or the band's live show come to that). A great start - but then things get better. The next track is Easy Path, and was one of last year's singles. So we know this one already, though it's definitely not a case of familiarity breeding contempt here. More melodic than the first track, it still maintains the pace with whirling dervish guitars. Belt, the next single follows in an almost menacing start, before dissolving into quiet bit, where Dave's voice sounds at its most yearning, plus harmonies, plus then a build up back to the menacing guitars. A great song, though not as perhaps recognisable as a single than either Easy Path or This is Not an Exit. An eerie piano bit ends the track, and then Dear Leap the Ride begins. A gentle lull after the almost frenetic start to the album. With the acoustic gear coming out, and an amazingly effective (and I never thought I'd hear myself say this) pedal steel guitar. Lovely song. Then comes the other single from last year, This is Not an Exit, which usually gets us in the crowd going at gigs, and no wonder. A great bounce-along of a song (I don't mean that insultingly). Great bass line from Kevin too. The following 2 songs are vying for my favourite from the album - Led By Bison, which I have liked enormously from the first time I heard it live; and Toggle, which simply grows on me every time I hear it. And I've been hearing it a lot lately! Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seafood- tastes good..it also sounds good 3 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
Before reviewing this album, this was one I was certainly looking forward to reviewing...though not as regularly in my rotation as say a Wannadies or Pixies album, this was one I would always whip out occasionally, more than occasionally. I got the latest Seafood album first but this one is just that little bit better, in fact it sometimes passes over you just how good this album is, set all the tracks down individually and there is something pleasantly engaging about all of them, fact is Surviving The Quiet is low key genius. Maybe I'm banding the word 'genius' about a bit too freely here, well if it is not quite genius, it is and Seafood as a band are still rather captivating.
Seafood are potentially every bit as good as a Pavement, yet not being originators on the scene people may knock that against them. The anxious Gun-Trip starts off the album like a steam-roller, destroying everything in its path (like all good album openers should, which beats why they swapped this track down to track 6 on the U.S release) then they follow it up with the sparkling melodic yet explosive one, two punch of Easy Path and Belt, should be commended not bemoaned about. Dear Leap The Ride, shows of their acoustic arm and though a come down from the first too tracks it is another winner with some really nicely pulled off intricate guitar lines.
This Is Not An Exit, actually manages to put the first 3 tracks in the shade, no mean feat, it is their most direct and infectious song yet, with the guitar and bass working in tight unison with each other, yet also having the room to show individual flair and a song with a lyric as good as ' a twist of a knife, can only bring us closer' is pretty much off to be a winner anyway. Do they come down after it? ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars wowee zowee 24 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on a whim when I saw it second hand in a shop on my way home from work one day. I had seen the band live supporting My Vitriol a few months before, and was intrigued, although more by the strange pictures on the back cover than by any song in particular! It was cheap so I thought I'd take a chance, hoping there would be a few good songs.
It turned out to be the best impulse buy I've ever made. The album starts with a huge rush of energy combined with brutal guitar assault and aggressive vocals. It gives way to the lilting, indie buzz of Easy Path with its floaty guitar. I cannot stress how fantastic each song is here. Many songs have whirling instrumental parts with delicate guitar wanderings thrown in for good measure, just the sort of thing I love. The perfect pop tune of This Is Not An Exit, with its opening line "you know, like the last person alive you can't complain" is an amazing jump around feel-good song, whilst always retaining meaningful lyrics and interesting musicianship.
Beware Design is just drummer Caroline accompanied by the gentle strum of a guitar. This song is touching and really demonstrates the diversity of a band that is concerned with making good music, not just bashing their guitars around to make noise.
One of my top five albums ever, if you enjoy Smashing Pumpkins I would advise you to get this album.
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