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Glassjaw
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence
(Roadrunner)


After locking myself in my office with this album I am forced to ask myself, "What do I want to know about silence?" I want to know what it sounds like. That's what I want to know. Everybody seems to be praising this album. Let's get right to it. It's loud, yes. The band is pretty talented when they want to show it, and vocalist Daryl Palumbo's vocal stylings are schizophrenic (think Mike Patton mixed with a bit of System of a Down). It's irritating and it makes my gums bleed.

The band seems to be competing with Palumbo to stay in front. He overpowers them most of the time. While they are not offensive I'm not really blown away by them. The percussion almost seems lost in the background. "Pretty Lush" is pretty standard-sounding hardcore with a melodic interlude. The heavier "Siberian Kiss" is pretty cool sounding from a musical standpoint, but the vocal antics are nearly laughable. The guitars get a cool treatment on "When One Eight Becomes Two Zeros" On this cut though, Palumbo shows that he can sing and he sounds like he can sing. He can sing real pretty. "You got a pretty voice boy--Squeal like a pig." and he proceeds to. On most of the album he sings like Mike Patton channeling Ned Beaty's "Deliverance" character. "Ry Ry's Song" falls flat on its face. I was bored by now for sure. If this is the new face of emo-core my hopes are being dashed. "Hurting and Shoving" is the most promising cut on the album. It's relentless and focused. There's a tender moment or two as well. "Majour" sounds like, well, half of the songs on the album. Stop your bitching and whining Daryl and act like you got a pair.

I can't leave this on a sour note because I am positive they would put on an explosive live show but trapping this band in a CD seems to be cruelly limiting. I would really like to hear this band produced in a way that would illustrate the heavier aspects of their music and see if Palumbo can channel his seemingly boundless energy in a more focused direction, because as it stands now it's not all that listenable.

--Chadbo

Track Listing:
1. Pretty Lush
2. Siberian Kiss
3. When One eight Becomes Two Zero
4. Ry Ry's Song
5. Lovenites and Razorlines
6. Hurting and Shoving (She Should Have Let Me Sleep)
7. Majour
8. Her Middle Name was Boom
9. Piano
10. Babe
11. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence
12. Motel of the White Locust







 


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