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Russian Circles - Geneva Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals N/A
Musicianship 9
Lyrics N/A
Production 8.5
Creativity 8.75
Lasting Value 8.5
Reviewer Tilt 9
Final Verdict: 88%
Member Ratings
Musicianship 9.38
Production 9
Creativity 9
Lasting Value 9
Reviewer Tilt 7.63
Average: 88%
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Russian Circles - Geneva

Reviewed by: Adam Pfleider (10/19/09)
Russian Circles - Geneva
Record Label: Suicide Squeeze
Release Date: October 20, 2009

Instrumental music comes as a hard task for some. First off, there's no words to cling to. Choruses and repetitive toe taps and hand claps are nowhere to be found. Many songs weigh in at staggering four minute-plus averages that many of our quick, unfocused minds want no part of on our go-go-go lives.

Some of us need a Daughtry ABABCB single.

Luckily, for the rest of us, we have appreciation for bands such as Explosions in the Sky, Mono, Pelican and many others.

Russian Circles came on to the scene in 2004, and released their bombastic debut Enter in 2006. After switching some atmosphere up with last year's Station, the band's third album progresses forward yet again.

Geneva is bold from the start. A siren of strings ring out on the opening "Fathom" as its ambiance builds into a climbing start of an album. The album's title track is driving, as bassist Brian Cook is more apparent on this album, his instrument taking a step forward to align with Dave Turncrantz's drumming and the layering of Mike Sullivan's guitar.

This is a band that has taken their last art school drawing, and has now painted a mural on the side of the school's building.

After the first two tracks, everything comes crashing down into a dark, yet elegant timbre. Following "Melee" and "Hexed All," "Malko" finger taps a positive build only to end up into a dark, Russian Circles' mushroom cloud. The album ends in cryptic rolling credits of held notes and eventually drowns out in feedback and distant strings. "Philos" may just be the band's best closer to date.

There's a lot to take in upon the first few listens of Geneva. There's no more quick-draw riffs and movements, instead the band has opted to build a living soundtrack, complemented in minor details. The one downside to the album is fewer memorable parts compared to their previous records, but it's not the four bar phrases that should get the listener this time, it's the complete work that should saturate the ears.

Track Listing1. Fathom
2. Geneva
3. Melee
4. Hexed All
5. Malko
6. When the Mountain Comes to Muhammad
7. Philos

Recommended If You LikeExplosions in the Sky's Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever; Mono's You Are There; Pelican's Ephemeral EP
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08:33 AM on 10/20/09
there's a lot of beauty, sometimes
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yellowhouse's Avatar
good review man, this album is phenomenal.
08:53 AM on 10/20/09
Purple Monkey Dishwasher
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t00latef0rr0ses's Avatar
such a solid release. Still waiting to hear a song by these guys that i dont like.
08:56 AM on 10/20/09
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IWasHerHorse's Avatar
Geneva is so good, I think this review did it proper justice; great job.
08:57 AM on 10/20/09
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mattmatumbo's Avatar
Still trying to get into this album, i'm sure within a few more listens it'll have grown on me.
09:11 AM on 10/20/09
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Chobble's Avatar
Really like this album--Such a creepy overall vibe. Nice review.
09:14 AM on 10/20/09
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thehigherstar's Avatar
love this band.

if you like this band, you should check out giants as well.
09:31 AM on 10/20/09
Let's Go Pens! And Yanks!
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lenard27's Avatar
Listened to it last night. Such a good album. I definitely agree that it's got a creepy vibe to it.
10:08 AM on 10/20/09
Gregory Robson
Under Rug Swept
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Goooooood band. Good disc. Good review. Cheers.
10:33 AM on 10/20/09
Blake Solomon
Leave a one-way note.
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not sure why i haven't picked this up yet.
10:38 AM on 10/20/09
Gregory Robson
Under Rug Swept
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not sure why i haven't picked this up yet.
The Creative Circus stole your soul. Duh.
10:40 AM on 10/20/09
kbi the crowing
dr( )ning the days away
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I like the review, I'm going to pick up this record
11:23 AM on 10/20/09
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spartanfan10's Avatar
Really dig this record. The first few tracks seemed a little too-almost industrial to me? But I really dig the whole thing now. Time will tell if I like it more than Station, which is a tough act to follow.
11:41 AM on 10/20/09
I wouldn't know.
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disappointing album.
01:03 PM on 10/20/09
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flask's Avatar
this cd has been going well with my drives to school in the fog and rain. i dig it.
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