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The Holy Bible
The Holy Bible
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinks it's God, when it's the devil itself, 19 April 2003
This review is from: The Holy Bible (Audio CD)
Pretentious, political and at times poetic. Accumulating years of studying history and politics onto one disc, it's done so very well. It's gifted with a genuine detestation of political figures and glorifed serial killers which Richey/Nicky vent in their Archives of Pain. It's an education in itself, this album alone inspired hundreds of teenagers who realised that socialism is about more than being a miner from Wigan, to discover culture. Even if you depise the glamourous arrogance of the Manics, amongst the prosaic acerbity of their lyrics is a collections of songs blessed with the uniqueness of J-D Bradfield's vocals, stretched beyond what one would call 'jigsaw fitting' lyrics. It's difficult to express political opinion in sugar-coated melodies, this album is far from universal. It's ego requires tolerance; it's abrasiveness, patience. But it's expressive if not pacifying, its subject matter prevents any kinds of serene state. The album is active, if its heard from the point of view of it being solely a piece of music then its paradoxical beauty is lost. Read every condemnation, every scathing comment, its not fake depression cultivated by nu-metal, it's reality spat in its most real form.

The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carabba confesses all, 10 April 2003
'Buried deep as you can dig inside yourself, covered with a perfect shell, such a charming beautiful exterior'. Chris Carabba forges his own summary of this incredibly emotional album as he delves into his most subterranean feelings and exerts them on what is a breathtaking piece of artwork. Its poetic lyrics are thoughtful and fulfill all the generic conventions of an emo-led album. One might call it 35 minutes of one man's self pity, others an intricate portrayal of every teenagers moment of absent love fuelled depression. Its evidently the latter. Envelopped in implicity, to imply that Carabba intention is to seek comfort from those listening would be wrong, he is merely destroying the myth that 'negativity is something only i hold.' Whether this is found to be depressing is dependant on the individual listener, from a personal perspective the album is the remedy rather than the cause. Each track is faultless, with the title track shifting effortlessly between serenity and heartache. This is not a universal album but for those who appreciate sentimentality will fall in love with Dashboard Confessional.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars America's Remedy, 1 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Humanistic (Audio CD)
Merging the vocals of pop-punk with subtle indie is the basis of this collection of thoughtful compositions. The song intros are intriguing throughout, as former eels bassist Tommy Walter takes centre-stage to place the sound of american punk into a new genre. Every song is infectious, each one riddled with hooks more powerful than nicotine. The eels influence is still here yet limited to a few strings or synths to break into the flowing verse of 'Start over'. The lyrics are thoughtful and purposeful rhyming is thankfully brief, just don't expect the next Richey Edwards. Listen to the cd and the opening 6 tracks are faultless, 'Monster' in particular makes an impression with its soaring chorus. Speaking in negative terms, the album loses track for short stint as Walter makes his 'Sunny Day' seem bland and uninspiring. Yet these 'bad' tracks just lack the stand-out quality of their pre-decessors, they compliment the album as a whole. 'Never' is an acoustic masterpiece, implicitly beautiful and Tommy's vocals shine. Now that the Smashing Pumpkins have ceased recording and the American's finally accepted that U2 are infact Irish and not homebred, Abandoned Pools have filled a void. 'Seed'admittedly is a blatant smash and grab of Smashing Pumpkins 'Zero' but it is surfice to say such a comment is irrelevant in the context of an album that sadly will be loved by many.

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