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08:10 AM on 07/08/13
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Really enjoyed this review.

Guess I need to spend more time with this record/band in general. They've never clicked with me.
08:18 AM on 07/08/13
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Suppose I'll have to relisten. So far this is the biggest disappointment of the year for me.
08:50 AM on 07/08/13
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And Dear God, don't base your opinions on a YouTube stream/rip.
08:58 AM on 07/08/13
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Agreed.

Maybe someone like Nick Raskulinecz or Matt Goldman.
Matt Goldman would have been an amazing choice for sure.

I love when heavy bands make records with unconventional production, it's almost always more interesting to me. Look at "The Shape of Punk to Come" for a good example of this, or the stuff Kurt Ballou turns out, or the aforementioned Mr. Goldman. I think doing things differently gives a record more character and more longevity.
09:06 AM on 07/08/13
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What I was going to say.


Record is killer. I love it to pieces.
09:13 AM on 07/08/13
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Great review, Jack.

Not sure how I feel about this album yet. I absolutely love Fake History and I thought this was a major step down after the first two or three listens. I definitely plan to give it more listens. Hopefully I'll change my mind. I think Banshee and Empty Elvis are fantastic.
09:15 AM on 07/08/13
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09:16 AM on 07/08/13
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The piss poor production really holds the record back.


Good review though
09:18 AM on 07/08/13
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Great review, Jack.

Not sure how I feel about this album yet. I absolutely love Fake History and I thought this was a major step down after the first two or three listens. I definitely plan to give it more listens. Hopefully I'll change my mind. I think Banshee and Empty Elvis are fantastic.
Definitely give it more listens. If "Empty Elvis" is one of your favorites, you're hanging on to the track most like Fake History - dig in deeper to the record.
09:19 AM on 07/08/13
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This album is wonderful, and right on par with Fake History, at least for me. Can't stop listening.
09:40 AM on 07/08/13
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great review. I absolutely love this album
09:50 AM on 07/08/13
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I think this is my favorite review of yours.

That being said, no mention of Jason really channeling Michael Jackson in melody structure and vocal styling, coupled with the Stephen George's production assistance. It feels very, very intentional and I love that so much.

Listen to "The Dope Beat" and hear Jason's phrasing on "Now I don't know what to do / how to do it" and that "Come on UH" at 1:52.

So many little things about this album make it for me.

Thank you. I never mentioned this as I thought I'd sound crazy but the vocals are very Michael Jackson like at parts. There's one specific song (I can't remember which one now) but I love it. HIs voice is so unique in this type of music. So much vibrato and passion.
09:56 AM on 07/08/13
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The piss poor production really holds the record back.


Good review though

I think someone else had this argument but is it really the production or is it the mixing? The songs themselves are superbly written but the choice of tones (I guess this is the producers doing?) and mixing is what gets me. I don't think it's bad, it's just different. I'm listening to the dope beat now and the breakdown part at 2:37 sounds awesome. It's a bit bass heavy but the more I listen, the more I get it. It's not muddy, or lacking clarity and it was definitely a conscious choice, it's just not what I was expecting or used to for this type of music.
09:57 AM on 07/08/13
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I think someone else had this argument but is it really the production or is it the mixing? The songs themselves are superbly written but the choice of tones (I guess this is the producers doing?) and mixing is what gets me. I don't think it's bad, it's just different. I'm listening to the dope beat now and the breakdown part at 2:37 sounds awesome. It's a bit bass heavy but the more I listen, the more I get it. It's not muddy, or lacking clarity and it was definitely a conscious choice, it's just not what I was expecting or used to for this type of music.
i kind of included mixing in there when i said "production." there were probably some mistakes made on the mastering side. but the drums sound horrible and the guitar tones are muddy, which is the producers doing.
09:59 AM on 07/08/13
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I think someone else had this argument but is it really the production or is it the mixing? The songs themselves are superbly written but the choice of tones (I guess this is the producers doing?) and mixing is what gets me. I don't think it's bad, it's just different. I'm listening to the dope beat now and the breakdown part at 2:37 sounds awesome. It's a bit bass heavy but the more I listen, the more I get it. It's not muddy, or lacking clarity and it was definitely a conscious choice, it's just not what I was expecting or used to for this type of music.
i kind of included mixing in there when i said "production." there were probably some mistakes made on the mastering side. but the drums sound horrible and the guitar tones are muddy, which is the producers doing.

Yeah, I'd say this is a producer's job as well - there's plenty of hands-off producers who don't touch the songs, structurally.

The most telling aspect to me is my consistent need to turn up the volume during my favorite parts. I should feel surrounded by the music - not that it's being blasted at me. But, at the end of the day, it doesn't affect my love for the record.

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