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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotion and Passion in nine songs, 9 May 2001
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This review is from: Do You Know Who You Are? (Audio CD)
'Do You Know Who You Are?' Is the only album 'Texas is the Reason' have released and it is definitely an album that all lovers of Emo or Emo-core(etc) should own. It may be quite short by most standards, but the nine songs on offer are all of a top class quality. They all have hooks and brilliant melodies that will suck you in and bring you back time and time again to listen to it. For example the opening song 'Johnny on the Spot', they turn a simple riff in to a masterful song that will grab the attention of all but the most indifferent of listeners. There is also the beautiful instrumental 'Do you know who you are', that is wonderfully composed and full of powerful melodies. This leads in to undeniably the best song of the album, 'Back and to the Left'. Which is powerful, catchy and emotional. The vocals throughout are powerful and at the same time 'proper' singing, whilst the guitars normally consist of one thrashing out punky chords and the other adding melodic emotional overtones. All the time the bass adding depth and the drums consistently amazing. Overall this album is one for those that enjoy 'Saves the Day', 'By a Thread', 'Fairweather' and other bands of this ilk. A classic album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secretly one of the greatest rock bands there ever was!, 29 May 2006
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Mr. S. J. Robson "sleepytimegorillaboy" (Truro, Cornwall, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Do You Know Who You Are? (Audio CD)
There one thing that really gets me going in rock music and thats when two guitarists play off each other really well.

This band does that .. and incredibly well!

The tunes are monsterously catchy .. but not the "Saves the Day" simple catchy, theres still lots going on in the music to warrant a close listening.

The lyrics are also top notch; covering uplifting to just plain thoughtful.

It's amazing to think that these guys broke up because the 2 guitarists couldn't stop fighting when you consider the degree at which they work together on the album.

The production is also pretty sweet. By J.Robbins, the Clutch, Jawbox, Faraquet, Fairweather, etc. producer.

I want to finish by removing the comment of the last reviewer: They are not Emo! Emo stands for "Emotional Rock" which is one of the most stupid genres I've ever heard of ... afterall, are the Smashing Pumpkins Emo?

This is a down the line kick-ass rock album and I suggest you buy it or stay forever in the dark!

If your a first time TITR buyer then if you have the slightest interest in the "rock" genre buy it ... I promise you you will not be disappointed (if you are you can diss me in the next review :))

If you know them already ... well, what are you waiting for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation!, 25 Feb 2014
This review is from: Do You Know Who You Are? (Audio CD)
Absolutely essential for any music collection and one of my favourite albums of all time. Having been listening to this album since 1996 that is a long time to judge an album and it has very much stood the test of time. Demands to be listened to in one go as the music ebbs and flows from start to finish. This album for me really defined what the post-hardcore scene was all about in the mid to late nineties - emotive and powerful with intelligent song-writing craft underpinning the music.

I first heard of them throught the Revelation Records - In-Flight Program sampler which showcased a load of bands from that label including the likes of Sense Field, Shades Apart and Farside. Unfortunately it's rare to get bands that can tap into emotion like Texas is the Reason managed on this and their EP, both really catchy but with plenty of depth and longevity.

It was a shame they split up but I would have been surprised if they would have surpassed this truly stunning album.
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