Me. | Lost in the music. | 05/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Some By Sea's sound is unlike any other. It goes beyond the fatal pop frame that many bands fall victim to, and into another level of music completely. This is accomplished through a diverse and superbly incorporated variety of instruments including the violin, cello, and trumpet, to name a few. Each song contains soaring multilayered instrumentations that showcase the talent of the group and blend harmoniously with the lead singer Chris DuBray. The female accompaniment of Rachel Bowman in multiple songs creates an even more distinct and complex melody. At first, the usage of such deep instrumentation may not appeal the listener, but after paying deep attention, I came to love ALL of the songs. Honestly, each song has their own charm, whether it be through heartwrenching vocals, soul striking musicianship, excellent lyrics, or in many cases, an unforgettable combination of the three.
An Introduction: You Can't Just Walk Away From Someone Who Is Leaning On You - To those who might say that's just way to long for a song title, I'd have to say HECK YEAH. But that's pretty much my only complaint with this album, and its a negligible one for shure. This song is an oddity that might leave the first-time listener a bit perplexed, but it does in fact set up the rest of the album with a nice display of vocals. It only gets better from here, baby.
A Night Without A Cineplex - The only song on the album with a violin accompaniment, the spiraling serenades that weave in and out periodically are superbly harmonized with the equally skillful guitar work.
This Song is Not About You, So Don't Ask - Another long name, the song is dreamy and countrylike, a combination I'd never thought possible with a cello and guitar. It may seem odd, but this union is incredibly beautiful, especially during the solo in the beginning and latter part of the song too.
One More Day Goes By - This song was initially one of my least favorites for its breezy and seemingly unimaginative flow. But a couple more listens and I was drawn into the chorus and the unique synth sound that distinguishes itself from all the rest. And the breeziness? Not so bad after all.
The Things We All Carry Around - I'm assuming this is the album's signature song, and rightfully so. With organic layering and a sound oh so death cab-esque, it is a great listen; however it's not necessarily in sync with the rest of the album. Nonetheless, the solo is absolutely AMAZING at first listen, the lyrics are superb, and overall it's probably the easiest way to immerse yourself in Some By Sea.
The Beginning of the World Often Comes - A morose piano and cello driven opening, the rest of the song actually did not interest me much. But the true appeal of this song is its epic and unforgettable grand finale, complete with an auxiliary choir.
The Saddest Christmas - Another slow one, the jingling bells and guitar conjure up images of an actual field of wintry wonder. As such, it is probably the most fitting melody for the song that it is, and leaves a sense of haunting beauty and elegiac awe within the listener.
Look What I Made Without Your Getting In the Way - Probably the poppiest use of a cello ever, this song's chorus and jovial tempo are deliciously addictive. The line "When you can't stop making out with all of your friends" is bound to get stuck in your head, and the addition of the cheery usage of cello and trumpet just exemplifies Some By Sea's talent.
Fables (Kentucky Social) - Rachel's voice becomes most prominent in this folky pop song, where her backing vocals harmonizing concurrently with DuBray's is just beautiful. It's a shame her voice didn't surface as much as in this song, because even the small phrases she chants throughout various other add an ethereal quality that, as always, complements their sound.
Darling, Here's the Best Part- At first, the song may seem innocent, morose, and gloomy, but ensuing DuBray's "you send me away"s ,the electric guitar makes a grandiose appearance, soaring in tandem with the cello to create a violent harmony.
Under the Cyclone - A raw, furious extravaganza complete with a hugely catchy chanting-like chorus and a luscious guitar dissonance. The lyrics on this song are also extremely well written.
Only One Bullet - Oh my. A title quite short for any Some By Sea song, but with a time of 12:21, this is obviously the longest and most epic demonstration of Some By Sea's talent. Lacing vocals are relatively short in comparison to the standout instrumental solos, and this song truly shines on all levels. But I will admit, it might be a bit too long...
I'm sorry, I just can't say enough good stuff `bout this album. Some By Sea's evolution from their earlier work is exemplary in this latest opus that'll never leave your cd player. Their sound is too orchestral to be pop, too catchy to be folk, too diverse to be indie - it's all too Some By Sea.
Did you read all that?"
This is a great cd
N. Harpel | Bellingham, WA United States | 03/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The fact that this cd is 70+ minutes long as still managers to never become repetitive or 'jammy,' says a lot about the musicianship and creativity of the five members of the band. SBS takes the idea of orchestral pop outside of the cute and/or kitschy (a la Belle and Sebastian) and instead creates a uniquely lush and complicated pop sound, a sound that really doesn't, well, sound like anything else.