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Do Make Say Think - Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead CD (album) cover

GOODBYE ENEMY AIRSHIP THE LANDLORD IS DEAD

Do Make Say Think

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.93 | 22 ratings

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Walkscore
3 stars A Winner.

After the sleepy hardly-there almost missing-in-action first album, DMST made one of their better albums. This album is much more punchy and memorable, although most of it is actually quite sleepy too. It puts its best track first, the wonderful "When Day Chokes the Night", starting from a repeated guitar-chord that makes me think of Crimson that suddenly breaks into dual drummers to which guitars and horns get added in a great orgasmic build-up. Terrific track. The remaining tracks harken back a bit more to the pattern set by the first album, but here almost to the one, they involve the setting of a good groove and/or a sufficiently interesting guitar-based chord progression that keeps the music from fading into thin air like the first album. Also, this album has horns, with Charles Spearin's trumpet in particular adding the diversity necessary to maintain interest, particularly on those synth-wash sections that otherwise would just sit there. Indeed, the songs are much more dynamic here than on the first album, building from very quiet to very loud, and the guitar and bass play a greater role (and the synth a lesser). In addition to the opener, the best tunes are the ones reflected in the album title, track 3 "The Landlord is Dead" and the last track "Goodbye Enemy Airship". The weaker tracks, which also happen to be most similar to those on the first album, are track 4 "The Apartment Song" and track 5 "All of This is True". Personally, I don't think this is the best DMST album (my favourite is Other Truths). But I can see why reviewers like this album so much, likely in part because of the very strong first track, and the great closer which leaves a good taste in the listener's mouth/ear. I give this album 7.5 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to high 3 PA stars.

Walkscore | 3/5 |

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