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Pat Marquez 10/26/06 08:38 AM

Stephen Brodsky - Octave Museums
 
Cave In is the reason why I am in love with all things metal. I am happy that their releases were some of the earliest albums I first purchased. Beyond Hypothermia is one of the most passionate albums I have ever had the chance to listen to and this fact still remains accurate today. When I heard Stephen Brodsky was going to be doing a solo project, I was stoked to hear what it sounded like. Now that I have my hands on his latest release, Octave Museum, I am blown away. It is definitely something any true fan of Cave In would not expect but is still one unbelievable album. It is just as atmospheric as Brodsky's Cave In but no where near as heavy. He has taken a brilliant step in his musical career. If I had to find a one way to describe the sound, you have to imagine a more technical version of The Strokes… in space. This album is just that staggering. You could even say that his music sounds a bit like something The Shins would release. Brodsky adds the signature atmospheric programming, easy guitars, and loose percussion that seems to make up the general sound of Octave Museum. "Sentimental Case" is one of the best songs off the album, it has a exceptionally soothing pop sound to it and is extremely bouncy. This is the first song that instantaneously reminded me of that New York Indie sound. I really enjoy the fact that he has made this twist in his music, the sound is insanely pleasurable. An accurate description of the tone would be easy listening. Once again, something many Cave In fans may have never expected. It's story telling music at it's best, Brodsky is an excellent lyricist.

"Red Headed Butterflies" is the paramount track off of Octave Museum. The song beautifully displays how remarkable Brodsky's vocals are, this track is the selling point of the entire album. The music is simply amazing and very peaceful in sound. If you are looking for "indie" music that is straightforward but very technical and diverse all at the same time, this album is right up your alley. It sounds like a lot, but it all comes together and is easily one of the better albums that has been released this year thus far. Anyone that is thinking that this may be a let down, I beg you to throw those thoughts out the window and pick this album up. There is no possible way anyone would find displeasure with any of the amazingly crafted tunes Mr. Brodsky has created for you. He jumps into a totally new genre and takes it on with full force. Brodsky is playing his new style a great deal better then many of his contemporaries and bands that have been trying to prevail with this style of music for years. Octave Museum is a unique original, bouncy, atmospheric and poppy release that almost anyone can enjoy if they have a good ear for music. I have said this many times before and I still find it true, it is never a bad thing to change the sound of your music. It is human nature to evolve and transform, and Stephen Brodsky has nearly perfected his morph into something that is completely set apart from his previous acts.

CreditsEditor : Jamie Durante

Steve Henderson 10/26/06 08:52 AM

Sounds like Antenna-era Cave In...I love that album.

Pat Marquez 10/26/06 09:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Steve Henderson (Post 4627266)
Sounds like Antenna-era Cave In...I love that album.

That is a good album. I still think this is a little bit slower. It has a different sound for sure.

Steve Henderson 10/26/06 09:06 AM

PS - You have "museums" spelled wrong in the title :)

Pat Marquez 10/26/06 09:07 AM

I make a lot of typo's. Fixed.

phoenixinflames 10/26/06 09:10 AM

Brodsky is a god.

Pat Marquez 10/26/06 09:12 AM

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Originally Posted by phoenixinflames (Post 4627418)
Brodsky is a god.

He is a good dude, for sure.

Steve Henderson 10/26/06 09:19 AM

Wonder how many people know he is the lead singer of Cave In from looking at the main page.

Pat Marquez 10/26/06 09:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Steve Henderson (Post 4627520)
Wonder how many people know he is the lead singer of Cave In from looking at the main page.

I am going to take a guess and say no. Hopefully the kids that have been following my very few reviews will read this just based on what I have been writing about, but who knows!

Forsythe22 10/26/06 09:52 AM

"It is definitely something any true fan of Cave In would not expect but is still one unbelievable album."

Not the most graceful way of putting it, but I am still looking forward to hearing the album. Thanks for the review.

xobstacleonex 10/26/06 09:54 AM

in my opinion, 'antenna' was definately my least favorite cave in record. 'sea frost' is fucking amazing, though.
i have to check out his solo stuff. my friends keep talking about how good all his shit is.

WakingTheMisery 10/26/06 11:43 AM

I'll have to pick it up.

Pat Marquez 10/26/06 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by thecitylights (Post 4628262)
You were so blown away with this album that you gave it a 79%? Woot.

Yup, it happens! Trust me, you wouldn't like it. Once again, this would be music you don't "understand."

Pat Marquez 10/26/06 02:16 PM

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Originally Posted by xobstacleonex (Post 4627925)
in my opinion, 'antenna' was definately my least favorite cave in record. 'sea frost' is fucking amazing, though.
i have to check out his solo stuff. my friends keep talking about how good all his shit is.

I didn't like that one as much either. The other stuff was just so intense.

lostintheair 10/26/06 03:08 PM

this sounds nothing like antenna or the strokes

Pat Marquez 10/26/06 03:10 PM

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Originally Posted by lostintheair (Post 4631341)
this sounds nothing like antenna or the strokes

You are right. I didn't even say it sounded like Antenna. And I said it had a Strokes feel to it.

Julia Conny 10/26/06 03:11 PM

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Originally Posted by thecitylights (Post 4628262)
You were so blown away with this album that you gave it a 79%? Woot.


79% is almost 80% and 80% is a positive score. And a "B" is usually considered above average.

Pat Marquez 10/26/06 03:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Julia Conny (Post 4631381)
79% is almost 80% and 80% is a positive score. And a "B" is usually considered above average.

Ah gotta get used to it. He is pretty mild compared to some of our other "angry" readers. I figure something mentally is fucked up because these boys and girls rarely ever have something positive to say. I guess with age these whacks get more pissy.

Julia Conny 10/26/06 03:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Pat Marquez (Post 4631447)
Ah gotta get used to it. He is pretty mild compared to some of our other "angry" readers. I figure something mentally is fucked up because these boys and girls rarely ever have something positive to say. I guess with age these whacks get more pissy.


Hah. Awesome. I'll remember that. People have been nice so far, but my time is probably running short.

Pat Marquez 10/26/06 03:57 PM

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Originally Posted by thecitylights (Post 4631730)
True enough. We have different tastes, mine I find a little more palatable. Nevertheless...

As for that "angry reader" comment, I hope I don't come across that way. I would understand if this were one of many different varieties of music you enjoyed, but it always seems you review hardcore albums, which, correct me if I'm wrong, makes you just as narrowminded as me. One positive comment I have for bands like this is that they are definitely musically talented. I just feel that they use it in almost the worst possible way.

As for the score, if an album blew me away, I would give it at least a 90%. I would consider a 79% a little above mediocre. But that's up to you. Am I allowed to review albums? Maybe I should give it a shot sometime and you can be as frank with me as I am with you.

I would love to see your reviews. I actually really like the fact that you wrote that out. This really gives me a different angle of view. However, this is not a hardcore album. Have you checked out Comets On Fire? They may be different, but isn't hardcore.

What you may not know is that I started as a reviewer to primarily to hardcore, metal, and all the variations. What you also may not know is that I own every single Iron & Wine album release, I have a steady Jimmy Eat World collection, I own all The Ataris albums, I own all The Movielife records, I own all Saves The Day records...

You are very much so entitled to your opinion, I just don't like how you come across. I know that I am not holier than thou or the most positive person on this web page by any means, but I still try to be respectful. You have been for the most part, I just feel like sometimes you are taking pot shots ya know? Brodsky's release was great, and it did blow me away... for more then one reason. Maybe I was taken back by it, I am still not sure yet. But I don't think it was deserving of a 90 percent... Don't pay attention to the numbers, that's all they are.

Pat Marquez 10/26/06 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by thecitylights (Post 4631891)
Cool cool. Maybe I will try it out. And good responses, at least you make sense most of the time in explaining your opinions.

And hey, I just heard a song called "Sallow" by Stephen Brodsky. Very nice.

Word, yeah dude I am sorry man you really aren't that big of a dick like some of these kids. I guess I was just offended because you didn't like the music I was writing about. That's stupid, haha. Awesome, stoked that you checked out and dug it. Let me know if you check out any of his other shit.

Steve Henderson 10/26/06 04:53 PM

I like thecitylights - seems like a level-headed dude.

lostintheair 10/26/06 08:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Pat Marquez (Post 4631367)
I didn't even say it sounded like Antenna.

first person who replied did though

WakingTheMisery 10/27/06 10:56 PM

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Originally Posted by lostintheair (Post 4634576)
first person who replied did though


Let it go. Who cares.

lostintheair 10/28/06 04:58 PM

fuck off, i was just clarifying

Steve Henderson 10/28/06 05:46 PM

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Originally Posted by lostintheair (Post 4647627)
fuck off, i was just clarifying


So angry.