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The Sequence - Simplify

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This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
The SequenceSimplify
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: August 28, 2007


Who?

You might remember The Sequence from a previous Self-Promotion Spotlight here on AP. And maybe you’ve been wondering if we can judge these bands with just a few Myspace songs and some hyper posts from their respective friends and family. In the case of The Sequence, however, everything written about these guys is true.


How Is It?

Ambitious and dynamic, for starters. Simplify doesn’t sound like the everyday, no-name-band debut release. The emo/pop-punk throughout plays by the restricting rules of mainstream music without giving up its soul. Sure, there are expected, windows-down pop hits like “California” and “The Secrets No One Knows,” but there are also thoughtful and piano-laden ballads like “Whisper.” Just when The Sequence appears to be one-dimensional, another modern day campfire song comes through (“Fail With Open Arms”). Trust us, we aren’t pulling these bands out of a (flat-brimmed) hat. The Sequence hardly needed any of these nudges, and you would have heard about them regardless.


Recommended If You Like: Just Surrender, Cartel, stepping stones, Sherwood, cheat guides, The All American Rejects


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04:24 PM on 08/10/07
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tm decomposer
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I want to hear this..
04:26 PM on 08/10/07
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good stuff.
10:37 PM on 08/10/07
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Haha, I was just writing a review for this today...guess I need not anymore!
10:41 PM on 08/10/07
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Some points I would touch on:

1) I think the vocals on the record are the strongest component, and would give them a higher score than the music.

2) The ballads here all sound kind of forced, and the song with the dance beat is kind of cringe-worthy to me.

3) Nevertheless, songs like "California" and "Long Distance" are the types of tracks lesser bands spend a lifetime trying to write. These tunes are better than 99% of what is currently on the radio.

4) In the RIYL, I would have All American Rejects and The Starting Line instead of JS and Sherwood.

still <3s though.
10:54 PM on 08/10/07
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good input, steverino. Something about the ballads caught my ear, though. I'm actually going to edit into this the AAR comment, thats a good comparison.


07:28 AM on 08/11/07
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3) Nevertheless, songs like &quot;California&quot; and &quot;Long Distance&quot; are the types of tracks lesser bands spend a lifetime trying to write. These tunes are better than 99% of what is currently on the radio.
I definitely agree. This band has written songs that are just so good and it doesn't make sense that a band this young could make music like this.
09:42 AM on 08/11/07
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great band, awesome guys, awesome cd, and awesome artwork ;)
09:49 AM on 08/11/07
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Great review. I should check this out. Also, I suggest renaming the tophat smiley to "Blake."
10:24 AM on 08/11/07
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I love the songs like California and The Secret and Settting The Best Example, not so much the slow ones, but I'm not really into those kinds anyway. I've been following the making of this cd for a while now and I'm excited to see its final product.
10:28 AM on 08/11/07
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My bad I guess now they're called Out Here In California and Secrets.
08:37 PM on 08/11/07
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Nifty stuff. Props to the producer, wowza. I'm sure the dude has an amazing voice, but the way he layered everything and beefed up the vox with the doulbe/triple tracking and harmonies and all that good stuff makes for a poifect poppunky sound. It's more than radio ready and they're not signed to no big lable.
09:16 AM on 08/27/07
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I just bought the CD on Itunes. Good stuff but kinda short. Only 9 tracks introduction (entourage) apart. The singer is impressive. They really deserve some support and as said in the review many bands would die to write a single song as good as those from this record
10:24 PM on 09/10/07
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i really need to get my hands on this album
02:22 PM on 01/24/08
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Such a good singer.

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