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The Mess We'Ve Made

Bad Veins Audio CD

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1. Don't Run
2. Nursery Rhyme
3. If Then
4. Chasing
5. Child
6. Doubt
7. I Turn Around
8. Dancing On TV
9. Kindness
10. Not Like You

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No sophomore slump for these guys 24 April 2012
By Paul Allaer - Published on
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Bad Veins is the Cincinnati-based indie-music duo of singer-songwriter-guitarist Ben Davis and drummer Sebastien Schultz, which released its critically acclaimed (but commercially flopped) debut album in 2009. An EP with more songs from those sessions followed in early 2011. Since then the band has changed labels, and forged ahead. Now finally comes the band's eagerly awaited second album.

"The Mess We've Made" (10 tracks; 42 min.) kicks off with 2 of its most immediately accessible songs, the irresitable "Don't Run" (which could/should be a single), and an equally upbeat "Nursery Rhyme". There was nothing so outright pop-like on the band's debut album, that's for sure. "If Then" is a more introspective tune, with singer-songwriter Ben Davis crooning "I am the silence/You are the marching band/I am the sleep/You are the wonderland". The fist half of the album closes with another great stomper, "Child". The second half of the album kicks off with "Doubt", a reflective tune. The album's second half indeed is much more subdued, although it does contain the poppy sing-along "Dancing On TV" (reminding me of "Warm and Gold" from the first album). The album's closer is a curious "Not Like You", featuring trumpets upfront, and sounding a bit out of place.

In all, this is a very enjoyable album pretty much from start to finish. I personally perfer the straight-forward "pop" songs, which are simply irresistable. Given the disappointing sales of the first album, I have no idea if they can break through with this album, I sure hope they will. I've seen these guys countless times over the years in concert in many different places around Cincinnati, and they never fail to put on an entertaining show (along with "Iris", the reel-to-reel tape player which is the unofficial third member of the band). I saw them again this past weekend, at one of the several CD relase shows they played around town. Bottom line: "The Mess We've Made" is highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted... 27 May 2012
By Chris - Published on
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I downloaded "gold and warm" from their first album a few years ago and have been an avid fan ever since. I was little worried about this album being as amazing as their first because it had been so long, but it's really good. Really good. I can stop listening to it. They have definitely grown, but for the better. Listen to the sample and decide for yourself. Best tracks are "don't run" and "if then"
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fluffier but still great. 25 April 2012
By Ryan - Published on
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I wanted this album to be like their first. An orchestral car crash where the emotion is thrown at you through crashing drums and a crunchy guitar. This album is definitely different, but it's still the same bad we love. The first word I thought of when trying to describe it was "fluffy". It's a more upbeat record, the lyrics are there, and the melody is there, it's just filtered a little more through synths and violins and less on the drums and guitar. It took me a few listens to appreciate what it is not what it could have been in comparison to their previous album. But it's still an amazing album that will break your heart while making your toes tap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Mess Here! 24 April 2012
By Mr Mom - Published on
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For everyone who grew up listening to alt rock bands of the 80's (i.e., New Order, Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen) and The Cars, this band definitely has that retro flavor with a newer spin of Interpol and Arcade Fire. Their first, self-titled album was a big winner on my playlist but didn't hit the mainstream. "The Mess We've Made" is a very accessible album with lots of catchy songs like "Don't Run", "Nursery Rhyme" and "Dancing on TV". The true test of an upcoming band is how they hold up on stage compared to the polished studio recordings. I saw these guys open for We Were Promised Jetpacks a few weeks ago and their performance left me itching for more. Worth every penny!
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yes - a mess of an album 17 May 2013
By american badger - Published on
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I don't get it. Their self-titled disc was **amazing.** This is so sappy and forced and... uninspired. What the hell happened?
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