Therefore I Am - The Sound of Human Lives
Record Label: Equal Vision
Release Date: June 23, 2009
There are some pretty famous New England bands around, but when showing someone Therefore I Am for the first time, I get the "Why the hell haven't I heard of this band before?" look. The Sound of Human Lives demands to be heard and establishes Therefore I Am's place in the post-hardcore genre.
Therefore I Am's first full length The Sound of Human Lives is a kick in the balls, in a good way. Produced by Mike Poorman in Providence, Rhode Island, this album wastes no time getting to the point -- there is no intro, and they jump right into "Death By Fire" which sets the tone for the album. The Sound of Human Lives is much more aggressive than the band's previous release, Escape. "Eleven, Seventeen", "Splinters", and "My Father The Fatalist" do not falter and carry the aggression mid-way into the album.
"For The Sake of Skin" has a very Escape-ish sound to it, so long time fans will find solace in this track. What Therefore I Am really shove in your face is their ability to create lyrics that are dense and follow the central theme established by the title. What does human life sound like? It's loud, it's in your face, and it's harsh. Alex Correia (lead vocals) makes it particularly clear:
"I remember your hands at the funeral home So cold and vacant Just like the shadows where you lived alone" -"It's No Wonder Why"
The title track, "The Sound of Human Lives" is an instrumental piece, which serves as an interlude between the softer, more melodic "It's No Wonder Why" and "I Am Only An Island," which picks it right back up again with some brutal drumming and heavy guitar riffs. The songs following the title track tie Therefore I Am's melodic skills with their hardcore riffs. "Big Blue" certainly stands out by showcasing this ability, while delivering lyrics that hit home hard.
"A Face in the Clouds" introduces "No Face in the Crowd," where Travis Alexander's guitar and Brian Marquis's backing vocals dominate. This finally brings us to the album closer, "You Leave," a song that, after breaking you down repeatedly, will put the final nail in the coffin.
"And then you leave Just like God when he Abandoned all of us With the punishment of love" -"You Leave"
This is not a "happy" album by any standards. This is real. This is life. It's The Sound of Human Lives.
This review absolutely nails it.
Great job. I love this CD. I would have to agree with you on the creativity part though, some parts were exceptional, others were so-so. Overall a great CD and a great review.
i loved the shit out of escape and saw them live a bunch, but to be honest i didn't pick up the new cd because i just didn't like the more hardcore/screamy sound.
after this review i might go check it out though....
I think the lyrics for that particular part of "You Leave" are
"and then you leave......."
Yeah you are right. I was trying to do the best I could just from listening haha.
What I really enjoy about this album are the lyrics and the delivery of them. They are extremely relate-able and I always find songs about death sort of questionable...but Therefore I Am definitely handled it skillfully and they just hit you so hard.