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Do Make Say Think


Post Rock/Math rock

3.39 | 21 ratings

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3 stars This is a more difficult review. I bought this album after seeing this band live, and I was expecting the brilliance and energy of their live show on this album. Turns out now that Do Make Say Think has had a pretty diverse musical history, and this is not quite the same as the material they played. This album is very ambient, and is strongly rooted in the post rock repetition style. Its almost difficult to focus in completely on the music, and you'll most likely find your mind drifting to other things and activities if trying to give it a serious listen. The upside to all that is you should be able to play it with company over without any complaints. The only unifying theme this album has is the style in which the music is played, the mood does move from depressed to bright but always remain calm. An easy listen is guaranteed.

The thing to look for on this album is the percussion. It lends a jazzy edge to the album, and these fellows would obviously fall apart without the driving force that is James Payment and Dave Mitchell. This album is excellent background and zone out music, but at the same time this is also the problem. None of it grabs your attention, not once does the album demand your ears and your mind. Just a quick thought Charles Spearin is one of my all time favorite bassists.

The best moment is the closer of the album called "Anything For Now", probably the best finish to any post rock album. The buildups in it all sort of fizzle yet leave you with a smile and a good feeling throughout your body. There isn't any one weak point, just a general lack of strength that brings the album down.

Despite it only being 3 stars IMO I think this would be a great place to start with Do Make Say Think. As long as you don't like metal exclusively you will find yourself enjoying the album, and with the promise of greener pastures on other albums you may be drawn into the band. To be fair I would give this album 3.5 stars but it doesn't deserve a 4 star rating, so I rounded down to 3. A difficult decision.

Hangedman | 3/5 |


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