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YOU, YOU'RE A HISTORY IN RUST

Do Make Say Think

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.76 | 54 ratings

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Walkscore
3 stars Continuing the Good Vibe.

'Rust' gives us eight tracks of which six were recorded at family cottages and barns. This perhaps explains the general (but not ubiquitous) laid back and unpretentious feel of this album, which generally continues the good vibe set by 'Country Hymn'. There is more acoustic guitar on this album, and also more horn parts (and violin, vibes and marimba - they have multiple guests) than on previous albums. "Bound to be that way', the first tune (after it decides which theme it wants to present) eventually gets to a lovely acoustic-guitar theme that drives the music. Likewise, the fourth track ('A Tender History in Rust'), starts with a beautiful drone-improv before evolving around a wonderful acoustic-guitar driven theme. 'Herstory of Glory' also is structured around an acoustic-guitar theme for much of its first half, while the second more-electric half is totally uplifted by the presence of the violin. Meanwhile, this album presents perhaps the first recorded DMST lyrics, sung by a campfire-like choir on the 9-minute 'A With Living', which is largely successful and features a great multi-horn theme. 'The Universal' is the one loud and brash tune here, with fast playing and another great repeated theme played by the horns/other guests. 'You, You're Awesome' is a slower electric heartstring puller, with a very nice emotional horn-section overlay which would have made a great close to the album if it had been extended a bit more. The last two tracks are both great too, although these ones were recorded later, in the studio, and to be honest, they feel less laid back. 'Executioner Blues' feels a bit rushed, actually, with more dissonance and schizo-guitars that seem to want to jump the beat at times. although it is the one that starts and ends with the sound of crickets. The closing track, 'In Mind', is another acoustic-structured number which sounds like it could have been recorded at the cottage, with a repeated 1-4 chord progression throughout and some banjo sounds, eventually blossoming into a full vocal onslaught with more lyrics. On the whole, there are no bad tunes on this album, and each one keeps its own musical identity. It is difficult to pick favourites, as the quality is generally high, yet there is no tune that really stands out as being extraordinarily musical (well, perhaps 'A Tender History of Rust'). I give this album 7.8 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which is just 0.1 short of 4 PA stars.

Walkscore | 3/5 |

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