AbsolutePunk.net
   Username
Password
 
Album Review - Page 9
Displaying posts 120 - 135 of 169.
12:26 PM on 05/05/11
re7ard1337
You don't mean a thing to me.
Offline
User Info.
re7ard1337's Avatar
great album, and great review.
12:52 PM on 05/05/11
Blake Solomon
Leave a one-way note.
Offline
User Info.
Blake Solomon's Avatar
I know you got quoted a lot on this one, because it was really well written. However, I don't really know what you mean by this, would you mind elaborating a bit?
the album itself just doesn't hold the same weight as it used to. For a lot of bands, it makes sense to release a bunch of EPs, because they are short and we don't have to wait to download them and they play by and we decide, yes no maybe. The album as we know it, with 45+ runtimes and songs or movements throughout, just isn't something we as a listening public cherish as much anymore. Because when you stop seeing the physical copy, the concept of album becomes a little less meaningful. Not to say that I don't like/love buying music through itunes, because I do (mostly for space reasons), but I think we don't get as mad when an album has bad songs. Because we just delete them or re-order things.

But Simple Math is different in that it was clearly made to be this way and it is meant to be played a certain way. Not a lot of albums lately have forced me to hear the whole thing through on multiple occasions, but this one's musical bell curve, if you will, is so perfectly constructed that not hearing it altogether is almost as useless as not hearing it at all.
12:54 PM on 05/05/11
Blake Solomon
Leave a one-way note.
Offline
User Info.
Blake Solomon's Avatar
How many listens did it take for everyone to click? I'm through 3-4, and while it's "good," this just isn't hitting me as hard as the reviews would lead me to believe it "should."



Mean Everything to Nothing.
i guess i'm one of the rare ones where this was instant. All of their other albums have taken me time to get into, but not this one. Maybe that has something to do with it. Because people keep talking about this being a "departure." But this album reminds me of my favorite songs on Mean Everything to Nothing, which I found to just be a good album.
01:12 PM on 05/05/11
jesse_hitz
Juice
Offline
User Info.
jesse_hitz's Avatar
Actually it makes me interested as well to how it will translate live. But actually imagine if they bring in a string quartet or something :O. I would be blown away.
Would be great if they do that live, however I'm doubting they will still being relatively small and on their own label, however they are getting really popular lately so who knows? Can't wait to hear those b-sides from this album now.
01:20 PM on 05/05/11
JoshSalas
.
Offline
User Info.
JoshSalas's Avatar
the album itself just doesn't hold the same weight as it used to. For a lot of bands, it makes sense to release a bunch of EPs, because they are short and we don't have to wait to download them and they play by and we decide, yes no maybe. The album as we know it, with 45+ runtimes and songs or movements throughout, just isn't something we as a listening public cherish as much anymore. Because when you stop seeing the physical copy, the concept of album becomes a little less meaningful. Not to say that I don't like/love buying music through itunes, because I do (mostly for space reasons), but I think we don't get as mad when an album has bad songs. Because we just delete them or re-order things.

But Simple Math is different in that it was clearly made to be this way and it is meant to be played a certain way. Not a lot of albums lately have forced me to hear the whole thing through on multiple occasions, but this one's musical bell curve, if you will, is so perfectly constructed that not hearing it altogether is almost as useless as not hearing it at all.

This makes perfect sense, thanks a lot. I also completely agree about the structure of Simple Math, listening to it as a whole is an album experience as it should be done.
01:20 PM on 05/05/11
Spartan789013
I should be proper for a change
Offline
User Info.
Spartan789013's Avatar
Would be great if they do that live, however I'm doubting they will still being relatively small and on their own label, however they are getting really popular lately so who knows? Can't wait to hear those b-sides from this album now.
Yeahh I still doubt it. Might be used on the keyboard/synth or something to implement it live.

They said these songs will be slower right? I would expect more string instruments then.
02:06 PM on 05/05/11
Blake Solomon
Leave a one-way note.
Offline
User Info.
Blake Solomon's Avatar
also, i think at least purely musically (eveything but Hull's voice/lyrics, basically), "Apprehension" is my favorite song on this record. Those drums, man, those drums.
02:28 PM on 05/05/11
eriatarka24
=^.^=
Offline
User Info.
eriatarka24's Avatar


Exactly how I feel. Everybody's always calculating, and analyzing, and I think that's the problem. This is one of those albums you just let flow and drag you to wherever.

Awesome posts. I feel great knowing I'm not the only one one one one one one one.
i see what you did there.

02:47 PM on 05/05/11
drewinseries
Fight to get it back again.
Online
User Info.
drewinseries's Avatar
that's what pissed me off about the p4k review of METN.

Those words are used way to often, its sad.

Good review, loving this record.
04:22 PM on 05/05/11
jesse_hitz
Juice
Offline
User Info.
jesse_hitz's Avatar
Yeahh I still doubt it. Might be used on the keyboard/synth or something to implement it live.

They said these songs will be slower right? I would expect more string instruments then.
I'm sure lightning Freeman will pull em off haha.
09:50 AM on 05/06/11
inthemidst
Grace and Peace
Offline
User Info.
inthemidst's Avatar
I have to say, this review is my favorite work of yours to date. Compelling and rich. While this is a band that I still have difficulty wrapping my head/ears around, you've forced me to take another stab. Touche!
10:04 AM on 05/06/11
nlcentralchamps
We are beggars all!
Offline
User Info.
nlcentralchamps's Avatar
I listened to this driving home from work last night at 1:30AM with the windows down. Before that I was on the fence about the album. I wasn't sure how I felt. It finally clicked.
10:37 AM on 05/06/11
dogsizedbirdIII
real post count 2,857
Offline
User Info.
dogsizedbirdIII's Avatar
thanks man. I've probably rewritten this thing about five times over the last week. I totally agree with the above statement. that's what pissed me off about the p4k review of METN.
I'd say they pretty much hit the nail on the head with describing his lyrics and their review of that record, and the score was fitting as well. Not a bad album but extremely mediocre, well deserving of a 5.
11:48 AM on 05/06/11
Holly HoX!
*
Online
User Info.
Holly HoX!'s Avatar
First I'd like to say that I don't quite understand when people say, "it took me a few listens" to get this record. If anything, I think it is their most immediate work, because although the songs may, tonally, sound varied, it is truly their most cohesive record. Their is a thread running through Simple Math that is more like a huge fucking lasso, roping us all in, and that is of course Andy Hull's expressive pipes. He does a lot of similar things with his voice (ending cadences with a high-pitched lilt, often using very staccato notes, etc) and since this is, for better or worse, a concept album in that it tells the story of a time in his life, it would be incorrect to say something as trite as, "There are a lot of different types of songs on Simple Math."

In fact, i don't think there's been an album compelling me to listen from beginning to end like this in a long time. But also, I think the amazing thing here, is that he has taken something so personal, that a lot of his fan base is too young to understand, and found a way to make it universal. He said in an interview, "I am not dumb enough to think people won't place their own meanings on top of mine." And it's that attitude that makes for long-lasting attachment.

But all that mumbo jumbo, in a way, is moot. Because I honestly don't feel the need to sit down and analize why I like this album. Rather, I felt this thing in my bones, as iffy as that sounds, telling me that this was what I needed. Telling me that this piece of art was something that would stick with me, and to an extent, change how I thought about certain types of rock music.

When it comes down to it, we all just want to be lucky enough to find something that makes us happy. And although it's unfair to say, "Thank goodness he went through this because look what came of it!," that's exactly how I feel. This isn't really an album to me, because albums have become disposable whether we believe so or not. This feels more like a book, more like a page-turner that requires dissections and discussions of motif and theme.

Simple Math, obviously, is not an easy album in many ways. But to me, it was the easiest album to love in a long time. Bravo to these dudes.

I've been coming back the review thread to keep up with how this album is sinking with everyone. Wow - I'm very gald I continue to after your thoughts. Thanks for that. I'll be listening again shortly. I've made it through the album about six times and, like yoi, I cannot really listened to it without gping start to finish. I think that aspect of this record is just amazing.

One complaint that i've had about the record is that I miss the heavier edge of METN, but I love the new direction. Also, the lyrics alone on the album one of the best i've heard in probably a few years. It's terribly moving stuff....are their any interviews with Andy regarding his personally life, around the recording of Simple Math otherwise?
12:15 PM on 05/06/11
Blake Solomon
Leave a one-way note.
Offline
User Info.
Blake Solomon's Avatar
I've been coming back the review thread to keep up with how this album is sinking with everyone. Wow - I'm very gald I continue to after your thoughts. Thanks for that. I'll be listening again shortly. I've made it through the album about six times and, like yoi, I cannot really listened to it without gping start to finish. I think that aspect of this record is just amazing.

One complaint that i've had about the record is that I miss the heavier edge of METN, but I love the new direction. Also, the lyrics alone on the album one of the best i've heard in probably a few years. It's terribly moving stuff....are their any interviews with Andy regarding his personally life, around the recording of Simple Math otherwise?
if you find the page on ifc.com where they debuted the video for Simple Math, you can read Andy's description of the album. It's awesome and sheds a lot of light on where he was coming from with this record.
Options
More From This Author
Buy the Music

NEWS, MUSIC & MORE
Search News
Release Dates
Exclusives
Best New Music
Submit News
CONNECT
Forums
Contests
RSS
Mobile Version
Banners, Flyers, Widgets
HIDDEN TREASURES
Free Music
Video News
Sports Forum
AP.net Related News
Recommendations
INFORMATION
FAQ
Contact Us
Copyright Policy
Terms of Service
Privacy Policy
FOLLOW
Twitter | Facebook
PropertyOfZack
PunkNews.org
UnderTheGun
Chorus.fm