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Creature
Creature

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Striking. Underrated., 8 Feb 2004
This review is from: Creature (Audio CD)
Moist are another one of those one’s that got away. If you found a random track of theirs I’d say you’ve stumbled on to a goldmine. They had elements of Emo before it was given such a horrid name. Out of all the bands I have heard that tried to mix modern rock with strings and piano (The Verve, Something Corporate… You know the ones) I don’t I can name any that do so with such perfection as Moist.
From the moment this album kicks it fills the room, making such a loud sound it’s surprising nobody heard. The emotions run clear on “Resurrection” with catchy pop tones, ripping blues and jazz roots mixed with a punchy modern rock sound they manage to bring together such a fulfilling and uplifting sound.
The tracks switch between fierce onslaughts (“Tangerine”, “Baby Skin Tattoo”, “Shotgun”) and the slower more developing and touching (“Leave It Alone”, “Disco Days”). Although the album only lasts for 45 minutes it seems longer as you are drawn in buts its sheer power and volume. It seems to race through the emotions tearing away until nothing is left, often overwhelming you as you listen.
I don’t believe there is a track on this album that will disappoint and it is personally my favourite album of all their releases.


Calender Days
Calender Days
Offered by punkermentality
Price: 10.60

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Affecting and Heart-Rending, 8 Feb 2004
This review is from: Calender Days (Audio CD)
If the word "Emo" makes you just want to spit then read no further, this really isn't for you. This album represents the absolute core of that (disastrously) titled genre. With lovesick melodies and heart bleeding vocals that make “Something Corporate” seem almost like amateurs Rocket Summer seem set to take the “Emo” style by storm.
The opening “Cross My Heart” shows off the range, with the vocal based opening giving full emphasis on Avary’s voice then with a sudden kick we’re moving upbeat as it’s another sun shining day, you know everything is going to be ok. “Skies So Blue” is a little less paced and a bit more life loving lyrics.
Avary sets his own style from the rest with his seeming two way conversation with his switch from vocal to wailing back at himself. He has even managed to bring in the piano which is becoming increasingly dominant in the genre. The album continues forward until a brief respite with “That’s So You” where they adopt the acoustic guitar to give Avary’s voice full reign as he open’s his heart and pours out his personal love song.
The rest of the album seems to continue much the same as the first half except for “What We Hate, We Make” where he uses the old token child chorus which can often shoot the song into the deep barrels of failure! Yet although I wouldn’t say it’s a strong track from the album it still manages to make it as one of my personal favourites of the album.
If you want it simple, if you like Something Corporate, you’ll love this, fans of Jets To Brazil may be able to stretch out and find some common ground and lovers of Jimmy Eat World and Brand New be warned this is much slower and ballad like and packs less of a sudden punch but rather builds up the atmosphere requiring you to grow into it rather than making it an instant hit.


Shadow Zone (U.S. Version)
Shadow Zone (U.S. Version)
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 10.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "We've Entered The Shadow Zone", 28 Nov 2003
Hailed their heaviest album to date, it's questionable but as soon as 'Destroy All' begins you get that trademark Static-X sound, but there is a difference. The vocals aren't as distorted as on "Machine" but are more reminiscent of a Taproot album. There is also the introduction of harmonics on the chorus' and more developed lyrics.
Those static fans blaming Tripp Eisen's involvement for the more expressive and expanded lyrics are in for a shock as the few tracks that reek of "Machine" were written by Tripp and the rest Static wrote the vocals. This only works to improve the durability of their tracks and present a new direction for the band. They'll have a lot to live up to with the next album but for now this a definite improvement and although I disagree with the statement of "Shadow Zone" being heavier than previous releases it is certainly a more enjoyable experience.
The album progresses rather chaotically, with sudden changes from the cleaner and emotion ridden tracks straight into fast, heavy, "Machine" like tracks. Somehow this doesn't ruin the flow of the album but there are a few weak tracks not normally associated with Static-X (namely 'Transmission'). There may be some transitional period for some to get used to new style of vocals from static that are less distorted and more open which is completely unexpected but the atmosphere behind the music hasn't changed much, if anything it has cleverly moved away from the 'Cold' style sound which was becoming more mainstream.
If you need some highlight tracks to convince you try: 'New Pain'; 'The Only'; 'Otsegolectric' and 'Invincible'.


Absolution
Absolution
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 5.60

5.0 out of 5 stars End Of Muse Is Nigh? I Think Not!!!, 17 Sep 2003
This review is from: Absolution (Audio CD)
The marching of a nation as it enters a war, a battle for human kind? No, a battle between human kinds it can mean only one thing, 'Apocalypse Please'. Matt Bellamy promised us an uplifting heart bleeding album and in some ways we have got it. He still is in the frame of mind for the soul wrenching melodies familiar to us from 'Unintended' but it's become more urgent. That's why each song flows like a ballad but crashes like the bomb.
"Absolution" like any album is just a reflection of the feelings of the artist who creates them, and this is an open-hearted reaction to the state of affairs in the world today. 'Time Is Running Out' is somewhat clear in this, a tribute to the film Dr. Strangelove which was a reaction to the state of affairs of the cold war. 'Stockholm Syndrome' continues the sound of "Origin Of Symmetry" and is along a similar theme to that album. 'Falling Away With You' has a more progressive sound and is a little more tender than most of the album and provides some respite from the catastrophic theme. Then we crash back into 'Hysteria' with a more experimental sound disguising his voice that comes off well. For 'Blackout' Matt really brings out his classical roots and makes a surprisingly successful use of an orchestra. It slowly moves through to 'Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist' and suddenly we crank up a gear and race toward the finish. 'TSP' shows off a far heavier side to Muse not fully displayed before.
Interesting on "Absolution" is the set out of the tracks, the apocalypse march, the state of urgency among officials presented in 'Time Is Running Out' the interlude of 'Falling Away With You' the post-apocalyptic appearance of 'Hysteria' and 'Blackout' followed by the submission of 'Endlessly' and 'Thoughts of...' and then the recycling of the last two tracks, as though rebuilding yet already set to self destruct again. Whether intentional or not it shows the despair of the current situation clearly. It is a shame that as Matt discovers a new found love for this world he is kicked down with something so serious. It only makes the album more striking though. It could make or break him on the global market but that is not the direction of this album, it's more of a statement proclaiming the disorder of the modern world.
Released so far from events it could well mean "Absolution" is sure for success but there will be many not willing to listen to this type of apocalyptic, self-aware album. On a whole absolution is a rapid movement for Muse deeper into the more despondent music and it will be interesting to see whether he chooses to recover himself and make that transgression to a more uplifting album or giving the pessimistic frame of mind delves deeper into the nature of mankind.


Vaya
Vaya

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small But Not Insignificant, 17 Aug 2003
This review is from: Vaya (Audio CD)
Despite only 7 tracks lasting just under 25 minutes 'Vaya Ep' is a powerful predecessor to 'ROC'. While almost completely overshadowed by the follow up album; 'Vaya' provided that all important stage after 'In/Casino/Out' that allowed them to experiment with certain aspects of their style. The slightly different beats and a slightly faster pace on some of the tracks can be recognised as the all important style of 'Relationship Of Command'.
A lot of the work on the album appears to be very unrefined and a little time in the studio could have cleaned up the tracks to a standard worthy of standing alongside 'ROC'; despite this the strong mix of guitars and vocals with that original ATD-I sound are still strong. This is certainly clear on "300 MHz" and "Proxima Centauri" which, along with "Ursa Minor" and "Heliotrope", are closer to the 'ROC' sound and make up the strongest tracks of the album, while "198d" and "Rascuache" sound more like the previous work 'I/C/O' and may even have been left out tracks that didn't make the grade. Add to the list "Metronome Arthritis" (Probably the weakest track of the 7) and you have 'Vaya'.
Doesn't sound too appealing, but stick it in between playing 'I/C/O' and 'ROC' and you'll see why 'Vaya' is an essential album for any ATD-I fan. "300 MHz" personally sits among "Catacombs", "Incetardis", "Mannequin Republic" and "Transatlantic Foe" as ATD-I greats. Despite the quality (as mentioned) doing these tracks a great injustice they still shine through if your prepared to give them the chance of a few listens before you'll realize the full effect 'Vaya' could have.


Start With A Strong And Persistent Desire
Start With A Strong And Persistent Desire
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: 3.56

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Undervalued Band For The Brits, 17 Aug 2003
An album of high's and low's for the band who found fame through a Demo tape competition in a prominent metal magazine in 2000. On the off chance of hearing "Can't Smile", the demo comp winner and first single, I was taken aback by the fantastic use of electronics, mixing and guitars to make such a powerful single. When I got the album it did not disappoint the promises the single gave. Vex Red utilize a strong mix of mellow rock with often crashing guitar riffs and careful arrangement to build up an angry and confused atmosphere that moves toward an intense climax. The opening tracks showing the range of the album; "The Closest" giving the heavier side of Vex Red and then "Dermo" offers the mellower, piano led, slower side.
The album builds up with the better known "Can't Smile" into a masterful mix of soft guitars and strings in "Untitled" that crash into a massive onslaught of anger fitting to the subject. Then the main stretch of the album starts. "Itch" and "Bully Me" explore more of their heavier side and are a lot more guitar based, the music beginning to get more agitated as the album progresses. Then "Cause And Solution" starts to really show off the best mix of Vex Red as the only instrumental track standing no weaker than the other tracks. We begin to pick up some speed on the 'Title Track' which with "Clone Jesus" offer the climax of the album. The album then falls off with "Sleep Does Nothing For You" and "Vert". Each track standing by itself but the album is not fully realised till played all the way through. The album poses a great offering for the Brit scene and an amazing debut for Vex Red that'll be hard to follow up. Overall an album of crushing rock riffs supporting angst ridden vocals, amalgamated with complex electronics and immaculate mixing.
If your looking for a taster find "Can't Smile", "Itch", "Bully Me", "Start With A Strong And Persistent Desire", and personal fave's "Clone Jesus" and "Vert".


Leaving Through The Window
Leaving Through The Window
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: 9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average Emo Band, 17 Aug 2003
Oh no not another whiney emo band!!! Well you're right it's not, often overlooked is that Something Corporate aren't your average emo band, and I don't mean they're actually more romantic with their string accompaniments and piano fronted rock ballad sound. SC is a mix of emo feelings, a lot of rock and a dab of humour. Tracks like "Punk Rock Princess" and clearly "Drunk Girl" shows this off.
Varying in pace, mostly SC move at more of a stroll and you can soak up the pleasing blend of instruments at McMahon's disposal. As with any artist who tries to manipulate strings there is a tendency to go over the top ("Cavanaugh Park") yet McMahon manages to pull off a fair number of string accompanied tracks quite adeptly (which I haven't seen since the likes of Moist).
If your looking for a follow up to your 'Rx Bandits' or 'New Found Glory' album then you may be disappointed but lovers of 'Ben Folds Five' and the new '3 Doors Down' may be a little more comfortable with the style adopted by SC. It is certainly something for emo listeners to explore and for more accustomed rockers to fall headfirst in love with. So open your heart and your mind and give 'Something Corporate' a try.


I Might Be Wrong (Live Recordings)
I Might Be Wrong (Live Recordings)
Offered by positivenoise
Price: 6.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can Only Wish You Had, 13 Aug 2003
A quick run-off between albums, no most certainly not! A carefully edited and comprehensive selection of the best performances from their 2000/2001 shows that brings out the best of ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’ and showing them at their absolute finest. If you missed the shows, or haven’t even been privileged to have seen Radiohead live then this won’t make up for it, but it’s as close to it as you can get and yet it isn’t disappointing. The tracks are all intoxicating and only deepen your relationship with the Oxford quintet.
There is a small taste of the atmosphere, with a little of Thom’s reaction to the crowd, the teaser before the onslaught of “Everything In It’s Right Place” and an unparalleled performance making the climax of this live album. It is followed by a frenzied working of “Dollars And Cents” leading into the long awaited release “True Love Waits”, surprisingly at home as the exit music for this album and well worth purchasing the whole album for. This isn’t just for devoted fans but is a real offering with an alternative version of “Like Spinning Plates” a softer more soothing take than the ‘Amnesiac’ version.


I Might Be Wrong (Live Recordings)
I Might Be Wrong (Live Recordings)
Offered by positivenoise
Price: 6.49

5.0 out of 5 stars You Can Only Wish You Had, 13 Aug 2003
A quick run-off between albums, no most certainly not! A carefully edited and comprehensive selection of the best performances from their 2000/2001 shows that brings out the best of ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’ and showing them at their absolute finest. If you missed the shows, or haven’t even been privileged to have seen Radiohead live then this won’t make up for it, but it’s as close to it as you can get and yet it isn’t disappointing. The tracks are all intoxicating and only deepen your relationship with the Oxford quintet.
There is a small taste of the atmosphere, with a little of Thom’s reaction to the crowd, the teaser before the onslaught of “Everything In It’s Right Place” and an unparalleled performance making the climax of this live album. It is followed by a frenzied working of “Dollars And Cents” leading into the long awaited release “True Love Waits”, surprisingly at home as the exit music for this album and well worth purchasing the whole album for. This isn’t just for devoted fans but is a real offering with an alternative version of “Like Spinning Plates” a softer more soothing take than the ‘Amnesiac’ version.


In Casino Out
In Casino Out
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 11.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fierce Guitars And Emotive Vocals, With A Touch Of El Paso, 27 Jun 2003
This review is from: In Casino Out (Audio CD)
The follow up to their breakthrough album 'Acrobatic Tenement' and the album that REALLY brought the world’s attention to At The Drive-In, that’s if you hadn’t already seen their extraordinary live show that none of their albums ever managed to recreate. Although to many it does not live up to ‘Relationship Of Command’ (Are you mad?), maybe in finesse, 'I/C/O' undeniably matches and possibly even surpasses 'ROC' in displaying the raw emotion and energy behind ATD-I. Personally, the most striking track on this album is “Hourglass” as out of all their attempts at a slower more sensational output this is their only real success! Granted “198d” and “Non-Zero Possibility” were amazing, but “198d” suffered as his voice was not as penetrating and “Non-Zero Possibility” was stronger but too violent for a soft track.
'I/C/O' is perfect for building up to 'ROC' and you could even play them amongst tracks from the two subsequent outputs and wouldn’t really notice. The only noticeable thing is that the sound is a lot more unrefined here and is still in the process of development; there is still some experimentation with strongly different beats, styles, and electronic sounds. Yet no matter how far back you go with ATD-I they always put out some of the best hardcore (punk/emo/rock whatever…) you will hear in pretty much most your lifetime (I expect). As with all their work favourites and any criticism is very personal and differs from one person to the next, but one thing that can be said is it appeals to a wide range so if you like any fast and heavy guitar styles then you will love this. My personal faves are “Chanbara”, “Napoleon Solo”, “A Devil Among The Tailors”, “Lopsided” and “Transatlantic Foe”. Simply a powerful, fierce and energetic combination of catchy rock riffs and inspiring vocals.


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