How do they make violence sound so sterile?
Adam | 03/10/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"My friend loves this cd to death, and made me exchange it for two of my cd's for a weekend (De-Loused in The Comatorium, and In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth... she got the better end of that deal) so I would "love it" too.. nothing could be further from the truth. The song titles and imagery are borderline tongue-in-cheek commentaries about the pervasively false mood of emo.. when in fact, they're part of the herd. The imagery is a complete joke, I'm sure lyrical fragments are already sprouting on MySpace headlines like a fungus. ("When you were laying face down in a pool of blood... you never looked so beautiful." ..are you serious?) The broken sentence-fragment metaphors, insipid similes, and convenient rhymes are right out of a junior high poetry book. The singer's voice is decent, but definitely not anything to write home about. Beyond that, though, and more distubingly, the music is weak up and down this crapfest of a CD. The intro and chorus of Silhouette Serenade would feel perfectly right at home in a Chase Financial commercial, with birds flying in slow motion, Kiefer Sutherland's voice declaring corporations are making life better for you, and so on... vomit. There's no energy, urgency, or real depth to any of the songs, and the whole album really has a mediocre, stagnant, undynamic quality to it. Hell.. even Anberlin's newest album blows this out of the water.
Essentially, if you like lumbering, go-nowhere songs that value production over songwriting, doomed to stand in the shadow of their superiors, get this album. Oh, and then buy everything you can from Evans Blue and From First To Last while you're at it. You deserve it, champ."