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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Album that you really really need. It is amazing, 24 July 2001
This review is from: Mono (Audio CD)
I'm going to make this very clear: you need to buy this album. It is the debut CD album from the Los Angeles hardcore crew, but you would never guess it. Despite the slightly dodgy start, it is an incredibly accomplished album. There is always a sense of urgency, a sense of passion, an electric current running through the music. The tracks all feel very similar in atmosphere, but are actually quite different. The thing that binds them together is the incredible voice of Joe Cardamone. It is sheer howling at times, but then becomes very quiet and taut, like in Keep Your Eyes Peeled. One thing that the band have already got mastered is the quiet/loud effort. This is used to devastating effect several times. They employ Tool-like repeats in tracks like In Lieu and the final SPMC. These extend to around 10 minutes, but still fly by. Unlike most punk bands, The Icarus Line don't fob you off with a half hour album, instead Mono is a full fifty minutes long. And believe me, it is fifty minutes of genius. At the end, you feel like your breath has gone, you feel exhausted, but you feel exhilarated. This is the best album I have ever heard, and it will change the way you listen to music.
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