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We vs. Death


Post Rock/Math rock

3.34 | 5 ratings

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4 stars We vs. Death have evolved very appropriately from their previous album. I actually enjoyed this one quite a bit for two reasons: vocals and stronger songwriting.

The vocals aren't the best, giving off kind of droney-zombie sound, but they accentuate the music greatly though used sparsely throughout. The lyrics are in English, so if that matters to you then you're in luck. Though there are still some tracks that sound very close to traditional ol' boring post-rock, those songs are made better with the inclusion of the vocals. The vocals really add the poetic feel that I think post-rock is already supposed to have but often lacks in the hands of others. Not to mention that the more post-rock songs are much gloomier and darker than anything done by other post-rock groups, and seems like they would be more in place on an Isis or Cult of Luna album, which is a good thing.

The songwriting and overall musicianship is much more convincing on this album than the last. The instruments often lock into almost dancy grooves, and the trumpet takes the front seat a bit more.

The whole album maintains a gloomy feel through its duration, and it leaves me in a mood despair after it finishes. This, however, is not a bad thing; it's just one of those kind of albums, you know? It sounds like an epic funeral. This is the music that could've been played when Albus Dumbledore died.

Given that I was only about half impressed with their previous album We Are Too Concerned/We Too Are Concerned, this album has me entirely impressed, even though as soon as I started playing the album I assumed that I would be let down. This might very well be the best post-rock I've ever heard.

I'd recommend this to fans of the band's earlier material, but looking for something better and more evolved. I'd also recommend this to fans of Algernon or Centenaire. It's also a free album available over the internet, so I suppose I'd suggest it to people who love free but quality goods.

colorofmoney91 | 4/5 |


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