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Ryan Gardner 01/30/11 06:32 PM

Graduate, The - Every Other Time (B-Sides)
 
The GraduateEvery Other Time (B-Sides)
Record Label: Razor & Tie
Release Date: January 25, 2011


Let’s face it, The Graduate’s 2010 sophomore record, Only Every Time, proved to be a monumental release for the year – the buzz became nonstop. From Corey Warning’s hypnotic vocal delivery to guitarists Matt Kennedy and Max Sauer’s atmospheric backing guitars through Tim Moore’s pulsating drumming, The Graduate put forth a true full band effort with Only Every Time.

Before long, fans began craving for more. Sure enough, The Graduate did not disappoint, releasing their b-sides to the aforementioned record with Every Other Time. This EP, simply put, encompasses every facet and aspect of each item within their sophomore record. Albeit being labeled a b-sides album, each one of these six tracks could have easily made the final cut for the record.

As expected, these tracks are memorizing, captivating, eerie, and beautiful. The opening “Into The Blue” begins with soft guitar behind Warning’s meek, hypnotic vocals as the track shines through the airwaves. “Set Me in Motion” is an upbeat, pulsating cut driven by quick guitar strums. The track features an addictive chorus as Warning sings, “Yeah, I’m still running backwards / But I know that I can change my ways.” The layered vocal delivery on “From the Ground Up” results in a raw feel, as the track is oddly haunting before building up into a massive deliverance as the song comes to a close.

Lyrically, this EP is dark at times yet fully optimistic and buoyant at others. The singing of “Now we’re all afraid to go into the blue / I swore I’d find a place good enough for you” is touching and readily relatable on the opening track. The bombastic “You Belong to Me” produces devastation with the declaration “I can’t believe the thing I’ve become” as the track breaks hearts. The call to arms on “Alchemy” is as sincere as The Graduate get with Warning’s candid exclamation, “Help me / I don’t know if I’m a man or machine.”

There’s no denying Warning has a way with words. His delivery couldn’t be more captivating throughout Every Other Time. The swift instrumentation and tight musicianship also deserves every compliment, as the musical delivery complements the vocals expertly on each track. Thus, for just an EP of b-sides, The Graduate have done it again. Here’s to another huge year.

Recommended If You LikeOnly Every Time; Jimmy Eat World

Additional Information
Track Listing:
1. Into The Blue
2. Set Me in Motion
3. You Belong to Me
4. From the Ground Up
5. Alchemy
6. The Godfather

The Graduate are:
Corey Warning – Vocals
Matt Kennedy – Guitar, Keys, Vocals
Max Sauer – Guitar, Vocals
Jared Wuestenberg – Bass
Tim Moore – Drums

Bandcamp (Pay What You Want)

cwhit412 01/30/11 07:10 PM

Mention that it's a Pay-what-you-want for the album where you put the bandcamp link. It'll make more people click on the link.
Great band though.

Ryan Gardner 01/30/11 07:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cwhit412 (Post 84292672)
Mention that it's a Pay-what-you-want for the album where you put the bandcamp link. It'll make more people click on the link.
Great band though.

I meant to do that. Thanks.

ZachCTC 01/30/11 10:34 PM

Everything they release is awesome. I love these guys.

Nice review, by the way. Short and sweet.

trojanick 01/30/11 11:07 PM

They had one guy pay $100 and another $50 so this turned out well for them.

Love this artwork.

AdamChildress 01/31/11 12:39 AM

The Graduate have never disappointed me, this release being no different. I find it so impressive & comforting to constantly be appeased by their music.

They will always be one of my favorites.

Great review.

spansen 01/31/11 02:34 AM

The swift instrumentation and tight musicianship also deserves every complement, as the musical delivery complements the vocals expertly on each track.

the first one should be compliment. the second one is correct.
into the blue is my favorite. love the ep all together, though.

WeWereGiants 01/31/11 02:54 AM

I've loved everything this band has released so far, this EP is no exception. I really love 'The Godfather'

2LW 01/31/11 03:43 AM

This rules.

ched zeppelin 01/31/11 08:17 AM

love this band, brilliant sound

Iwudstilldie4u 01/31/11 10:21 AM

Love "The Godfather." It's the answer to "Interlude" but with precisely the feel of Only Every Time.

summabee 01/31/11 11:51 AM

these songs are so good! I'm glad they were able to release them...

DaytriprMontana 01/31/11 12:19 PM

love this one here damn

studskalny 01/31/11 12:56 PM

The main thing I love about this is that, like you said, these songs are of great quality and they could have easily been on the album. A great addition.

topher465 01/31/11 01:37 PM

I love The Graduate, but a 90% for a b-sides record?