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5.0 out of 5 stars And You Will Know Us by the end of 2005..., 31 Jan 2005
This review is from: Worlds Apart [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
In my review of the last Trail of Dead album, I said that they'd become more focussed, losing the 8 minute jams and concentrating on good rock songs. This time they've gone one step further and come up with an album that's full of fairly 'traditional' songs. Many magazine reviews have said they've gone commercial, in some cases, too commercial. But these so-called commercial songs still have that Trail of Dead magic that made the previous albums so good.
For fans of Source Tags and Codes, this should be great. It's similar in structure, although maybe doesn't have as immediately catchy songss. The true thrashes that populated the middle of that album have mostly gone now though, replaced by...ballads! Well, there's maybe one or two songs that could be described as ballads, but they're much better than the band's previous attempts, found on the Secret of Elena's Tomb EP.
For fans of the first two albums, this might be too structured, too populist. But it's still unmistakeably Trail of Dead here, there's still the passion, still the wall of noise, still the slightly out-of-tune singing.
I suppose the only criticism I can level at it is that it isn't Source Tags and Codes. Any other band who made this album would have critics declaring them the saviours of modern rock, but since Trail of Dead had that with the previous album, it just can't quite match the last attempt.
Overall, a thoroughly good modern rock album, but it's no ST&C.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a private word to the cynics, 1 Mar 2005
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Paul Wright "Leicsbred" (Leicester, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Worlds Apart [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
I have heard some quite derogatory things about this album, namely things along the lines of "sell out"
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I find it quite amusing that just because this album has progressed to something which isn't as raw as albums like Madonna and even Source Tags And Codes that it's brandished "sell out".
worlds apart is trademark Trail Of Dead in it's ambition, soaring riffs and melo-power vocals. The superb structuring is evident throughout as well as the lyrical beauty of Conrads songwriting. where this album progresses is that it opens up a sunnier side to Trail Of Dead in places and I think certain tracks have kind of Pogue-esque bound to them.
although clearly more mainstream in effect than previous works it has enough for die hards as well as new listners alike. The DVD is also excellent with montages from the whole of Trail of Deads career and you get a true sense of the band as people. the music video for "All Saints Day" is awesome and a clever pointer by the band to their earlier work (The track is on "The Secret of Elena's Tomb" EP.
a triumph on a biblical scale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The arrival of this album was...., 10 Feb 2005
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Lei-Lei Jayenne (Leytonstone, London) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Worlds Apart [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
...highly anticipated round my way, and boy, it doesn't disappoint. I've been a ToD fan since Madonna, and they are one of the consistently best live acts i've seen. A joy to behold in their instrument-swapping, total-destruction of the set-up swagger.
This is the fourth album proper (plus mini-album thingy Secrets of Elena's Tomb), and as such is quite a different prospect to the previous three releases. The production values are much more apparent (don't get me wrong this is neither an improvement nor a mistake, it's just something quite new for ToD). It gives their songs a meatier edge to them, when compared to say the songs on Madonna, with their hard-to-make out vocals and almost wall-of-sound instruments.
Conrad Keely is an extremely artistic individual, a lot of the beautiful art-work is either his or from a design of his, and on the bonus dvd we get a very interesting essay on music from him. His lyrics on World's Apart are every bit as good as they always have been too. The 3 songs Will You Smile Again?, World's Apart and The Rest Will Follow are the stand-out tracks so far for me. Brilliant example of a band that likes to evolve musically.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing., 5 Feb 2005
This review is from: Worlds Apart [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
Before this album I had only listened to a couple of TOD songs, but liked them enough to buy an album. I got this, and is one of the best albums I have bought in a long time. The songs are well written, with great music adding to it. The slight discord to the songs makes TOD differ from most other modern rock bands. The stand out tracks for me are "Let It Dive", "The Rest Will Follow" and "The Best", but all the tracks on this album are brilliant.
If you have never bought a TOD album, then get this one first and work backwards. You will appreciate them more this way.
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