What the fuck is up with this crap? I can't believe I listened
to this as much as I did. Seriously, this band has some major
issues if they think this shit is going to fly with me.
Rock operas are a risky venture; creating an album that lasts
over an hour, another risky venture; and interspersing catchy
beats and vocal lines into ten-minute songs? Well, that last one
is okay, but still on the edge of risky. I just can't wrap my
brain around why this band would throw so many unfeasible elements
together. Don't they realize that this sum would be far greater
than the whole infeasibility of it all? I respect them for trying
new scenarios, but man, I wanted to poke myself in the eye with
a sharp pencil halfway through the first song.
There are some eclectic choices that are made which should result
in a decent album; strong vocals by both singers, good guitar
lines and synthetic beats, different changes, and non-standard
lyrics. It is the amalgamation of all these parts that just kill,
rather than save, the album. The singers vary perspectives within
songs and mix up any sort of theme they create to the point of
confusion. The guitar lines are memorable and inventive, but thrown
together in haphazard fashion, which destroys the intended feel.
The lyrics read like a novel, a novel I don't care to read; each
song is a short story with no apparent point, and moreover makes
no more sense reading it than listening to the inaneness of it.
If it was some sort of joke, I don't get it- because it is funny
in a sad way, not ha-ha way.
The entire piece just comes off as presumptive and pompous, and
any technical depth the band achieves is lost in the melee, because
they don't even attempt to make the music accessible to the common
listener. It just pains me because there are good aspects to this
album, and I believe this band could do something special. I don't
get it, but maybe you will. But until then I am left with saying:
Bad band, baaaad band.
1. Quay Cur
2. Straight Street
3. Blueberry Boat
4. Chris Michaels
5. Paw Paw Tree
6. My Dog Was Lost But Now He's Found
7. Mason City
8. Chief Inspector Blancheflower
11. Birdie Brain
12. Turning Round
13. Wolf Notes
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