2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2005
I discovered this amazing band from, of all places, a Rock Sound cover disc, which contained the hook-laden onslaught of "January 1979". That particular track was on constant repeat in my car stereo for an almost unhealthy period of time, brightening up the daily trawl to work. "Catch for Us the Foxes" is a consistently passionate, suprising, moving album that is lifted further by thought provoking and intelligent lyrics. Whilst the band have definately carved their own niche, their sound is reminiscent of other, great, bands such as Million Dead, At The Drive In and, to my ears, even Interpol in places. The album is so good, in fact, that I was motivated to write this, my first, Amazon Review. Mewithoutyou's previous album, A to B Life, also merits a purchase. If you have more than a passing interest in Million Dead or any other guitar-driven racket that drips with passion and intelligence, then I would recommend taking the time to check this band out.
on 19 July 2007
Having happened upon mewithoutYou's "January 1979" completely by chance, I was determined to check out more of their music. Coming from complete obscurity, this album proceeded to soundtrack my entire summer, and it was only some months later that I finally removed it from my regulars, promoted to the hallows of the 'favourites' stack...
This album defies compartmentalisation; from the post-Fugazi licks of 'Leaf' to the post-grunge of 'Carousels', each song entices you in and leaves you breathless for more. If I had been told I was listening to 'Christian rock' I would have been the first to drop these guys like a hot potato, but there's something viscerally genuine about Aaron Weiss's conversations with God.
The focus of this album is the struggle between faith and humanity, and to me there is no more powerful theme - from the Godly divine to the degenerate human - and mewithoutYou touch on all the bases on the way from Hell to salvation.
Oh, brothers, let's go down...
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on 8 December 2004
This was recommended to me on import by the fabulous Tempest Records in Birmingham. Combines Connor Oberst's lyrical whimsy and Deseparacido's rock sensibilities, Fugazi's jagged melodies and ability to twist a song's direction without losing it and the intelligent artsy-fury of At the Drive-In.
A must buy for fans of any of the above bands and suprisingly accessible from the first listen. Even your mum will like it.
on 31 December 2008
MeWithoutYou hasn't left my list of most played since their first album. The lyrics are poetic and meaningful and there is always more detail in their music to be discovered.
As another review said, buy their albums now. It may take a while to get into them, but once you do you'll be hooked.
on 23 January 2013
Always an interesting band, this is their most emotional entry, and possibly the most emotional CD I own. Not as heavy as their earlier work, but maintains a lot the hardcore elements that the later releases forgo in favour of folk. The perfect combination for me.
on 5 August 2012
This is an awesome vinyl, mewithoutyou's most complex album. I really enjoy listening to this one, it is great to have it in high sound quality as well. Took a while to get here but it was worth the wait. Packaging was good, altogether a very good product.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2005
The Philadelphia-raised sophomore effort from MWY sticks out like a sore thumb in the christian music market. Dark, brooding, angry and poetic, the band explore the possibilities of leftfield rock in the most intoxicating way known. Outstaging even Saul Williams in their category at the mtvU awards underlines how passionate the fanbase are for this band.
The musicianship would have Fugazi fans salivating and Aaron Weiss' vocals are more lyrically vivid than The Smiths. The songs are near faultless. While 'Four Word Letter (Part II)' is immediately the most striking for Weiss' aggressive vocal intro and the 'down to the river to pray' chorus, it's songs like 'Paper Hanger' and confessional prose of 'The Soviet' that truly startle.
MewithoutYou are one of those bands which transcend their musical climate. Pop-emo supporters, post-rock/punk enthusiasts and the hardcore faithful have endorsed the band. MewithoutYou have, by no means, a samy fanbase or samy style of music. It's rare for me to say that every track on an album is a classic, but my favourite band have succeeded admirably.