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Four Letter Lie - What a Terrible Thing to Say

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Four Letter Lie - What a Terrible Thing to Say
Record Label: Victory Records
Release Date: February 19, 2008
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
Screamo (or whatever the hell you want to call it) is like candy to me. I know it’s bad for me and it has no substantial value at all, I still can find enjoyment in some releases in the genre. Four Letter Lie’s sophomore effort, What A Terrible Thing To Say, is no exception. And while their Victory debut, Let Your Body Take Over saw decent success and moderate praise from the press, the St. Paul, Minnesota quintet aim to cement their place in today’s fickle scene.

While the album is nothing you haven’t heard before, largely drawing influences from Underoath and the like, it’s still an enjoyable listen. The vocals are bearable, as is the screaming, and the hooks are catchy enough to stick in your head for an extended visit. “Cake Eater” (a nice homage to the Mighty Ducks movies) opens the album up with crunchy riffs, while the title track is easily the best song on the album. It finds a nice balance between metal and melodic and gets your head banging. The atmospheric outro is a nice touch as well. But some of the biggest flaws come before and after that track, as a good handful start to blend with each other and you’re confused that the song title changed even though the music sounds eerily familiar. “I Don’t Speak To Dead Men” is a powerful song, and the album closer “Charlatan” definitely tries to follow in the ambient metal sound and finds moderate success in it.

The major downfall, as with the majority of releases within this genre, is that the album falls into monotony too often. Add in the fact that there is very little that separates Four Letter Lie from the rest of the pack and you have yourself a fun but ultimately forgettable album. It has solid musicianship, solid vocals, and average lyrics, so it is by no means a terrible album, but it is done up in the same tired formula that’ll be tossed aside in a few weeks by this ADD-riddled scene. If you enjoy Underoath or any band of that sort, then What A Terrible Thing To Say could be right up your alley. Just don’t expect it to stay in constant rotation for more than a few weeks.

Additional InformationTrack Listing:
1. Cake Eater
2. Nothing But A Ghost
3. pretty/ugly
4. It’s Coming This Way
5. What A Terrible Thing To Say
6. Think Of Your Favorite Place
7. A Place Called Further
8. Pretend You Never Happened
9. I Don’t Speak To Dead Men
10. Charlatan

Four Letter Lie are:
Brian Nagan - vocals
Kevin Skaff - guitar, vocals
Connor Kelly - guitar
John Waltmann - bass
Derek Smith - drums
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04:58 PM on 04/10/08
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newfoundmichael
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That totally looks like Ben from Armor for Sleep on the cover.
07:30 PM on 04/10/08
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I like this album, good live band too
03:30 AM on 04/11/08
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the albums not that bad, the rating should be higher
07:22 AM on 04/11/08
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The artwork is just horrible
12:56 PM on 04/11/08
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I'm a fan of this record. I think its solid.
01:07 PM on 04/11/08
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Quote:
I know it’s bad for me and it has no substantial value at all, I still can find enjoyment in some releases in the genre.
Should be:

...has no substantial value at all, but I can still find enjoyment...
01:10 PM on 04/11/08
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The album cover is atrocious.
01:14 PM on 04/11/08
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i think this is a great album, should have gotten a higher rating


they are really good live, if anyone gets a chance to check them out, you should, it will be worth your while
01:37 PM on 04/11/08
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I could NOT stand to listen to this album. It was just so bad.

Good review.
01:42 PM on 04/11/08
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Thanks Four Letter Lie for making me want to be 17 again and listen to Underoath.
03:05 PM on 04/11/08
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only song i liked on this album was (expectedly) "think of your favorite place" everything else i just find kinda blah. which disappoints me, i really liked the first album.
03:13 PM on 04/11/08
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DIG IT!!!
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fair grade fair review. A+
03:29 PM on 04/11/08
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good review, don't care for the album though.
04:23 PM on 04/11/08
mallyland
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That totally looks like Ben from Armor for Sleep on the cover.

Or Connor Kelly from Four Letter Lie.

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