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The Panic Division - Songs from the Glasshouse

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The Panic DivisionSongs from the Glasshouse
Release Date: August 21, 2007
Record Label: The Militia Group
This review is a user submitted review from Steve Henderson. You can see all of Steve Henderson's submitted reviews here.
 
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07:22 AM on 08/20/07
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Vanilla Bear
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great review dude!! very good intro...never thought of this band that way.

i've never been a huge electronic fan, but this works quite well. very solid album...agree w/ the review 100%.
07:22 AM on 08/20/07
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I really enjoyed Versus so this has me pumped to go pick this up. Good review!
07:41 AM on 08/20/07
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I was also a huge fan of Versus, but I could not believe the improvement on this album. The line about the electronic loops, "they all seemed like a bit too much of an afterthought", is exatcly the way I felt. I have been listening to many of the new songs as they appear on websites and I really think they have a chance with this one! I hope it really gets them recognition! They deserve it! Can't wait to go pick it up tomorrow!:)

p.s. - Awesome review! Probably one of the best i've seen on here so far!
07:42 AM on 08/20/07
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This record is so good. Can't wait to pick it up tomorrow!
07:47 AM on 08/20/07
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LOL, this album is 90% garbage. The only people who will like this are those who aren't old enough to remember when all this music was done the first time. It's such a shameless ripoff of 1980's acts I have to wonder if this band has their tongue firmly planted in their cheeks.
07:50 AM on 08/20/07
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I always thought their first album was Verses
08:20 AM on 08/20/07
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LOL, this album is 90% garbage. The only people who will like this are those who aren't old enough to remember when all this music was done the first time. It's such a shameless ripoff of 1980's acts I have to wonder if this band has their tongue firmly planted in their cheeks.
Don't be a fucking dweeb...I am 25, so obviously I grew up in the 80s, and I think the record is excellent.

It's called a throwback, not a ripoff. Get off your high horse.
08:23 AM on 08/20/07
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I always thought their first album was Verses
I think the first pressing might have been called "Verses", but the latest:

08:38 AM on 08/20/07
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Their cd release show was PERFECT, the best i've ever seen them. PLEASE PICK UP THIS RECORD PEOPLE!
08:38 AM on 08/20/07
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I think the first pressing might have been called "Verses", but the latest:


Hmmm, I coulda sworn, but either way I enjoy their music-- oh and excellent use of the word dweeb...I like
09:02 AM on 08/20/07
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I always thought their first album was Verses
Before TMG signed them, they self-released an album called Verses, but then changed around the tracklist, added / removed some songs, changed the artwork and re-released it as 'Versus' under TMG.

Excellent album / review, although I would give this CD at least a 90 if not higher, this is gonna be one of the top albums of the year for me.
09:03 AM on 08/20/07
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Before TMG signed them, they self-released an album called Verses, but then changed around the tracklist, added / removed some songs, changed the artwork and re-released it as 'Versus' under TMG.

Excellent album / review, although I would give this CD at least a 90 if not higher, this is gonna be one of the top albums of the year for me.

Thanks for the info
09:27 AM on 08/20/07
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I like the review but there's a couple of REALLY glaring errors here.

1 - You lumped The Strokes in the sentence about 80s revival. The Strokes didn't revive anything from the 80s. They are garage rock, nothing that the 80s were about, if anything they revived the late 70s and post-punk.
2 - The Panic Division have explicitly stated that they created all their songs *around* their electronic loops, and that's what's made them different. I agree with you that it SEEMS as if the electronics were an afterthought (they couldve used them better in their first album), the fact is that they weren't.
09:31 AM on 08/20/07
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I like the review but there's a couple of REALLY glaring errors here.

1 - You lumped The Strokes in the sentence about 80s revival. The Strokes didn't revive anything from the 80s. They are garage rock, nothing that the 80s were about, if anything they revived the late 70s and post-punk.
2 - The Panic Division have explicitly stated that they created all their songs *around* their electronic loops, and that's what's made them different. I agree with you that it SEEMS as if the electronics were an afterthought (they couldve used them better in their first album), the fact is that they weren't.
#1 - Fair enough - I still think they incorporate some 80s elements into their music. You could also argue they are more 50s or 60s than 70s or 80s regardless.

#2 - I explicitly stated that in the review:

Originally Posted by Steve Henderson
The biggest blemish on Versus (arguably) was the fact that the electronic elements – the loops, samples, beats – they all seemed like a bit too much of an afterthought – a last minute attempt at differentiation. While I am sure this is not the case, it seemed that far too many songs would utilize the electro elements well in an intro, say, but would then decay into what were just simply above average rock tunes.

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