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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, yet mellow. 8 Oct. 2007
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I think the drums make this album. They come in at the exactlyyyyyy the right point. the slow bass....bass..SNARE, with steady crashes in "love in ageless" reminds me of breakdowns of songs in hardcore bands, yet its played behind violins and a very dramatic vocal. the drums get even better in the next song. the stop and go rhythm is just infectious. the weird piano riff adds to the catchyness value, and it is definetly one of the best songs on the album. the rest of the album follows suit, i just love the drums (don't even get me started on "little town").

i shouldn't just praise the drums, considering the fact that everything else is nearly as amazing. mona's voice is pretty low which isn't weird unless you think about it. it certainly makes for a more eerie sound, especially the way she holds out her notes. with choices between piano, violins, and guitars, the songs on memories fade, use each one wonderfully. the seering guitar riff in "birthday song", the intense (and where i'm sure the other reviewers get the "hauntingly beautiful" line from) violin in "love is ageless", and the perfect piano part in "break of day" just add up for an excellent album. not one bad song, except the verse of "animals of the weather", but thats small enough to be looked aside. all in all, amazing.
3.0 out of 5 stars Indie rock goes a bit lounge... 7 Jan. 2005
By Kyle Garrett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow! What a difference 7 years makes.When I first heard VaS, it was on a college radio station,where they played "Aerial View"from their debut album"The Dark is Just The Night". Back then,they were still in their Slint/Rodan phase and didn't utilize violin as much,relying more on classic math rock guitars and angular song structures.. I just listened to the CD again a few weeks ago and it's still one of my favorite records of the 90s.

Now,in the latest album"Memories Fade"the violin is in almost every song and Mona Elliot's voice is stronger than ever. Before you think that Elliot and Co. have lighten up with age,you'll be disappointed.Gloom and doom is still the order of the day as the first song"Love is Ageless" attests. With powerful vocals backed with deft drumming and gloomy piano,it's a nice strong start. "Games" sounds something like a Tori Amos song without the earnest "Lilith Fair"type trappings."All Night Superstar"is probably the most 'pop"of all the songs on the album, again channelling a bit of Tori Amos with a touch of Liz Phair sardonics. Overall,the majority of the CD gives off a sound that's reminiscent of being in some indie-rock piano bar,so you almost feel like there's a more intimate groove going on here. So much so you can almost envision the brandy glass on top of the piano filled with one dollar tips. It's not a bad record but,compared to thier earlier works like "Carousel"or "The Dark...",it's definitely a "must be in the mood for"listen.
5.0 out of 5 stars the next level? 23 Feb. 2005
By Pen Name? - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you stopped with "The Dark Is Just the Night" and haven't kept up with Victory at Sea over the years, you may well be surprised by the content of Memories Fade. But the strong rhythmic quality of the early work and Mona's voice is just as strong as ever. This is actually more of a rock record than "The Good Night" which (after the first 3 tracks) was largely acoustic and soft. Both records are great though, and I must say that had Victory at Sea continued to solely produce records like the great ones they made early on, we'd probably get a bit bored.

And the extra instrumentation really adds a lot to these songs.

If you're able to keep up with the progressions made by the members of Slint and Rodan (listen to recent Shipping News, TJO or Papa/Aerial M)you'll appreciate what Victory at Sea has been accomplishing, seemingly under the indie rock radar.

This album seems to me like the best synthesis of the different sides of the band's music.
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and beautiful 25 May 2007
By Amanda J. Keyes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I now officially own all five Victory at Sea albums, and this album seems to hold most of my favorite songs. Maybe it's my tendency toward the dark and haunting that makes me love these songs (and this band, for that matter) or the addition of strings in a lot of them, but tracks like Logan Way, Love is Ageless, Little Town, This Life, and Break of Day...ok heck I can't even narrow it down that much...I'm utterly in love with most of this album. It's beautiful and dark and melancholy--all of which are the highest of compliments, if you have musical tastes like mine. I also adore Mona's voice, it's low and raw and full of emotion. I highly recommend this album if you are looking for something dark and beautiful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful 9 Aug. 2007
By J. Clarkson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the greatest albums of all times in my opinion. Mona's voice is hauntingly beautiful. The music is melodic and enchanting in a dark sort of cheery way. VAS has the ability to take you on an emotional journey of love, pain, hurt, and beauty. It is everything music ever was and is today. I can't imagine one human that couldn't connect to this music somehow. If you are a person that likes to feel, cry, and believes in passion in its highest form then don't waste time, buy this album!
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