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So Long Forgotten - Beneath Our Noble Heads Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 7
Musicianship 8.75
Lyrics 8.5
Production 8
Creativity 7.5
Lasting Value 8
Reviewer Tilt 8.75
Final Verdict: 81%
Member Ratings
Vocals 7.85
Musicianship 9.2
Lyrics 8.55
Production 8.1
Creativity 8.85
Lasting Value 8.55
Reviewer Tilt 9.1
Average: 86%
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So Long Forgotten - Beneath Our Noble Heads

Reviewed by: Blake Solomon (11/08/07)
So Long ForgottenBeneath Our Noble Heads
Record Label: Unsigned?!
Release Date: May 2007


Nostalgia is supposed to be a good thing. The word’s connotation, at least in everyday life, is overwhelmingly positive. Yet, in musical contexts, if an album sounds like something from the past, it’s cast aside, degraded. I’m guilty of this mentality, too. It’s just that we have such vast opportunities to hear new music at pretty much all times. Why would we regress to sounds we heard last week, last month or last year? I sound negative, but this isn’t that kind of review. So Long Forgotten made me realize I should celebrate albums with the ability to revert me to those hallowed albums of yesteryear (or more realistically for our generation, yestersecond). I agonized over whether I should just come out and say what classic album Beneath Our Noble Heads reminds me of. However, I don’t want to give anyone false hopes or expectations, but I do want people to listen to So Long Forgotten. Against my better judgment I decided to insert a few helpful clues into this write-up. Keep your eyes peeled.

Beneath Our Noble Heads doles out heavy doses of ambient indie rock. Micah Boyce has a scratchy, unpolished delivery, which makes harmonies on songs like “The Color On His Hands” and “Pleasantries Behind” all the more worthwhile. So Long Forgotten would be right at home on the moon, blasting bouncing basslines and ambient, shoegazing grandiosities. The scene hasn’t produced music like this since, let’s say, 2003. “Harlot” takes its dear sweet time with Joe Brown’s bass grooves and Dustin Hoke’s lethargic riffs filling up the stereo. Boyce finally enters, sounding very far off: “It’s all the same / And it’s where I belong.” All too often these days, songs speed towards climaxes offering short-term fixes to overdone sounds. So Long Forgotten make us wait and they make it worth our time. The lyrics of Beneath Our Noble Heads are undeniably Christian, speaking of wars, unanswerable questions and the like. If anything, though, they speak of morality and a dying world. Religious or not, it’s hard to disagree. During a particularly melodic moment in “Centuries Of Knowledge Mistaken For Omniscience” we hear the words: “O no, these arms aren’t reaching / Maybe they’re too stiff / Maybe they’re too thin / Beneath our noble heads we contain the hearts of children / If only we could lose our heads, and let the youth become our necks.” A wonderful, thought-provoking sentiment; ponder it for a while.

“O, How Fair, How Elegant An Evil” takes languid guitar manifestations to the next level. Just as the strums hit overdrive, Cameron Yergler and Hoke put the pedal to the metal (so to speak!). Barriers and conventional song structures are shattered. The true highlight comes when roughly layered vocals and a violin clash in discordant bliss. As you can clearly see, this stuff really brings the pretentiousness out in me. I should be peeved, but right now I’m content: At this moment I’m listening to better music than you. Harsh, but true.


Recommended If You Like: mewithoutYou, Overview, sounds turning to silence, 100,000 memories, (new) As Cities Burn


This is not dystrophy but desirewww.myspace.com/solongforgotten
 
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10:30 PM on 11/08/07
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Nice review! I saw these guys about a month ago, as well as bought this album from them. I had never heard of them beforehand, but never the less enjoyed every minute of their show. They did remind me very much of mewithoutyou! Anyways I was very surprised/excited to see a review for this album on here! I haven't listened to it more than twice, but that will surely be happening soon
03:49 AM on 11/09/07
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Nice review, I love mewithoutYou and really like the new ACB record, so I'll have to give this a shot.
07:33 AM on 11/09/07
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I'm so freakin stoaked that these guys are finally getting some recognition. I saw them play three years ago on New Years and I have seen them three or four times since then too. They deserve every bit of fame they get.
10:03 AM on 11/09/07
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"At this moment I’m listening to better music than you. Harsh, but true."

Hilarious, and true.
10:27 AM on 11/09/07
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anyone guess the album yet?????
11:08 AM on 11/09/07
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How To Start a Fire?

I don't think I'd call that album a classic though...
11:27 AM on 11/09/07
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I'm so happy you reviewed this, Blake. I love these guys. They are amazing people who really pour it all out into their music. Thanks for helping spread the word!
12:49 PM on 11/09/07
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Oh man, SLF on absolutepunk? They used to make my hamburgers. Hopefully good things are ahead for them, they deserve it for sticking with it so long.
01:24 PM on 11/09/07
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one o fthe best cd's this year. so great. everyone should get it
02:47 PM on 11/09/07
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these guys here are absolutly amazing... i from the area theyre from... ive seen them play many times and they never let me down... they put their hearts and souls into their music
06:45 PM on 11/09/07
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whoa, i have this cd in my car right now. and yeah, it is actually really good!

word to the "Recommended If You Like: Overview". while it isn't an obvious comparison, i think both bands share an appeal to listeners who enjoy "cerebral" or progressive music that also has pop sensibility.

good review!
07:16 PM on 11/09/07
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this cd is amazing.

i saw them with straylight run and as cities burn and paulson this past tuesday. i talked to the singer, Micah, and he gave me this cd for free

i love it
10:42 AM on 11/10/07
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This cd is fantastic. I'm excited to see the review on here. I saw them a couple months ago with Spoken and was blown away. Sadly all but 3 of us in the crowd didn't get it and talked through the whole set. The lead singer got kinda pissed and said "Sorry if we're boring you guys." But anyway, this album is one of the best of the year, go buy it.
10:07 AM on 11/11/07
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This cd is fantastic. I'm excited to see the review on here. I saw them a couple months ago with Spoken and was blown away. Sadly all but 3 of us in the crowd didn't get it and talked through the whole set. The lead singer got kinda pissed and said "Sorry if we're boring you guys." But anyway, this album is one of the best of the year, go buy it.

was this the show in Rock Falls??? if it was... then that was where i saw them too!! and i do agree with you that the crowd was terrible. i was one of the few people paying attention and into the band.
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