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World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid... Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8.5
Musicianship 9.25
Lyrics 8.5
Production 9.25
Creativity 9.25
Lasting Value 8.75
Reviewer Tilt 9
Final Verdict: 89%
Member Ratings
Vocals 8.75
Musicianship 9.5
Lyrics 8.75
Production 9
Creativity 9.5
Lasting Value 9.25
Reviewer Tilt 9.75
Average: 92%

World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid...

Reviewed by: Adam Pfleider (12/08/10)
The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Formlessness
Record Label: self-released/Topshelf Records
Release Date: August 20, 2010 (digitally) Dec. 1, 2010 (7")

Through all the interviews I've done this year, the whole, "Remember the 'VFW hall' days?" has come up more than once. Bands excited to have their friends at least come out and see their show. I remember the days of small rooms and venues too. When the bands walked the crowd and had a beer with you out back. That's beginning to come back slowly.

Listening to The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die's debut makes me feel that innocence again. In fact, the album is more reminiscent of watching friends' bands in their practice space than any small show. Much of Formlessness feels entirely natural. It's not just the recordings, but it's the flow of the music. The rasp in the vocals. The lack of lows and ringing highs. "Victim Kin Seek Suit" builds into a blinding light of sound, and the standout "Walnut Street is Dead (Long Live Walnut Street)"* provides some of the best gang vocals of the year into an even better rhythmic play.

In just four songs, The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die capture what it is to be in a band. They capture what it is to just create music for the sake of creation. They remind us that the architecture is the most important aspect to the art form. The closing "Eyjafjallajokull Dance" does so much by saying so little. This small debut pushes TWISABPAIANLATD to the forefront of bands to watch in 2011. There's a bright light up ahead. Walk towards it.

Recommended If You LikeExplosions in the Sky's The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place; American Analog Set's The Fun of Watching Fireworks; Days Away's LSDEP


*note: does not appear on the 7" release.
 
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01:47 PM on 12/08/10
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SlprLkStrght
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Ending of Victim Kin Seek Suit is fucking great, as is the rest of this.
02:02 PM on 12/08/10
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Great, great band, definitely in the upcoming bands to keep on eye on.
02:36 PM on 12/08/10
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Broclee
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I love this release, but I hate that "Walnut Street Is Dead" isn't on the 7".
03:19 PM on 12/08/10
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haha, rad seeing The American Analog Set in the RIYL box. both bands rule, but are very little alike.
05:22 PM on 12/08/10
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nah
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Well thats a bit of a mouthful.
10:34 PM on 12/08/10
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yayitsjoe
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i love this band. hopefully seeing them in january.
06:24 AM on 12/09/10
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mayday
houston, we have a problem.
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Gotta check this out. On an unrelated note, name is stupidly long, goddammit.
01:56 PM on 12/09/10
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you can pick the 7" up here:

http://www.topshelfrecords.bigcartel...-afraid-to-die

thanks for the great feedback, everyone!
06:37 AM on 12/10/10
iam_theculprit
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Awesome review. I've been listening to this a lot lately.
09:17 PM on 12/12/10
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Awesome Connecticut band, glad to see then getting recognized!
10:27 AM on 12/13/10
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good review, amazing band
06:43 AM on 12/14/10
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wow, incredible band
12:38 PM on 12/19/10
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can't wait until they release a full length.
12:47 PM on 12/19/10
Spartan789013
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"TWISABPAIANLATD"

jesus christ thats a rediculous acronym...
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