08:07 PM on 04/22/11
It's hard for me to separate two albums by one band that I love like this. I thought War All of the Time was a PERFECT record. I think it flows together from start to finish flawlessly and Rickly's vocals are as unique as anything I've heard.
I've been force feeding myself this album since I got it because I want to appreciate and love it as it's own separate entity from WATT. It is defintiely growing on me more and more with each listen. Having it on vinyl helps a lot as well as I can really hear the details in each song much more clearly than on CD.
The only obstacle for me with this record is the vocals. The last three albums now seem to feature more of a doubled-up vocal sound on Rickly's part which I believe someone eluded to earlier with their "reverb" comment. I enjoy the raw, passionate, unproduced sound of Ricky's voice on WATT and before much more than the last three albums. In saying that though, musically, this album blows everything else they have done out of the water. The insane amount of layers to each song is incredible. More than ever, I want to go see these guys live just to see how these songs translate. I haven't seen them since before "A City..."
Overall, this album is quickly working it's way up to WATT and may just surpass it after a few more listens.