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Between The Buried And Me

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3 stars I will start this by saying that I am not a huge fan of cover albums. I don't count them alongside their main discography. They get their own section. Don't get me wrong. I love a good cover song as much as anyone else. I just prefer them live and not in the studio. Sure, it helps support bands that influence the bands that influence us. Great for them.

Jazz composers/performers are great for transforming songs or even albums or plays into their own. Most particularly John Coltrane (My Favorite Things), George Benson (I Want You (You're so heavy)/White Rabbit/Summertime/Take Five), Buddy Rich (West Side Story), etc.

Rock, Metal, and Prog has great covers they make their own too. Metallica (Garage Inc.) , Ben Harper (Steal My Kisses), Spock's Beard (Beware of Darkness), Jimi Hendrix (All Along the Watchtower), Lenny Kravitz (American Woman), Alien Ant Farm (Smooth Criminal), Emporer (A fine day to die/Funeral Fog), etc.

All of these bands make the covers their own.

This album IMO falls short in that department. Most of the tracks sound more like a tribute to the original than a rendition. Tracks 2, 4, and 12 come to mind.

The ones that impressed me the most were tracks 3, 9, 13, and most importantly track 5. Their cover of KC's Three of a Perfect Pair is done with both passion and honor. Justice prevails on this track.

This album is a bit of a lame collection of songs to me. If it weren't for track 5 and that their musicianship is outstanding no matter what I would give this two stars. Their grasp of tonal harmony is commendable and they prove with each album they are progressing. By judging their first album I would say this isn't the same band on these covers. By judging their second you could believe it's them but still feel they would have fallen shorter than what is here.

Three stars for great musicianship despite lacking any originality.

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Posted Monday, November 23, 2009 | Review Permalink
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3 stars I acquainted myself with this band's music through a friend of mine who made me listen to some of the tracks from their 2005 record called Alaska. My friend considered them to be a promising young act that still haven't really found their musical direction. I certainly agreed with him on that issue because at that particular point it felt as though Between The Buried And Me had great instrumental skills and lacked a sense of direction in the songwriting department. This basically meant that my proper album introduction would have to wait until something more substantial would come out of all this talent.

At the time that The Anatomy Of... appeared on the store shelves I didn't even make the connection to the band I previous heard but the cover art definitely caught my eye. I looked at the back cover of the album and noticed quite a variety of song titles that I knew and loved so much. That was also when I finally remembered who Between The Buried And Me were and felt that all this was just too much of a coincidence to ignore.

The album's first two tracks aren't that spectacular because the low guttural vocals make Blackened sound a bit like a parody of James Hetfield's vocals and although the cover of Kickstart My Heart is passable I just don't like this song to begin with. Day I Tried To Live on the other hand is definitely a fresh take on this somewhat stale Soundgarden composition which incidentally also kicks off my favorite part of this album!

The cover of Queen's Bicycle Race really shows how versatile Between The Buried And Me could actually be and things got even better with Three Of A Perfect Pair! It was a very proper pick of a King Crimson track which suited their style and I applaud the band for not going for a more obvious choice of a cover title!

It's usually impossible to make a cover sound as good as the original especially when it comes to Pink Floyd, but that is exactly what Between The Buried And Me manages to pull off with this version of Us And Them! It really shows the level of detail and determination that the band has put into these performances and although some of the later covers don't measure up to the bar set by these four particular tracks I definitely think that they gave a solid performance on this record.

The Anatomy Of... proved to be a great introduction to what this promising young quintet was capable of! All they needed to do now was to transform their inspirations into some great original material and judging by their next release the band didn't disappoint!

***** star songs: Us And Them (7:52)

**** star songs: Day I Tried To Live (5:28) Bicycle Race (3:09) Three Of A Perfect Pair (4:11) Territory (4:50) Little 15 (4:31) Cemetary Gates (7:05) Colorblind (3:47)

*** star songs: Blackened (6:40) Kickstart My Heart (4:55) Geek U.S.A. (5:25) Forced March (3:52) Change (4:07) Malpractice (4:02)

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Posted Tuesday, February 9, 2010 | Review Permalink
2 stars "The Anatomy of..." serves as a great crossover opportunity for fans of Between the Buried and Me to learn about King Crimson, Pink Floyd, and a few other non progressive bands, and a few bands that are relatively unimportant.

I'm not a huge fan of cover songs, so purchasing this cover album was odd feeling. But it was better than expected. Between the Buried and Me's wonderful musicianship bring otherwise boring songs up a few notches and leave them on a tolerable level. Their cover of "Three of a Perfect Pair" by King Crimson is fantastic, though not far different from the original other than Tommy's voice. The Queen, Soundgarden, and Faith No More covers also stand out and the latter two definitely have been fused with the BTBAM sound (heavy, screamy, etc.).

This album is an interesting listen, but not necessary by any means. "The Anatomy Of..." serves mostly as a fun novelty item from the band and for them to share with their fans the music that motivated them to create the band and make the best music that they could. If you're interested, check it out.

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Posted Monday, April 11, 2011 | Review Permalink
4 stars THE ANATOMY OF... is one of those albums that really makes me wish that the ratings system allowed for half stars. I'm going to round up and give this covers album 4 stars for its progressiveness, and the high regard for BTBAM among reviewers. If "progressive music" is a definable term, it should describe groups that combine disparate elements in new and interesting ways. I don't know a lot of BTBAM's music, but they seem to fit the bill.

As the Allmusic review of this album suggests, these cover versions stick pretty close to the originals; I would have preferred more changes. The song choices result in a wide variety of styles throughout. The band clearly demonstrates that they can play it all skillfully. In particular, Tommy Giles Rogers should get his due. I'd argue that he's possibly the most versatile singer in the extreme metal world. Since I didn't know a lot of these songs before listening, I prefer unfamiliar tracks like "Territory" and "Malpractice" from the second half.

Incidentally, the CD includes interesting statements from the band members about why they chose these songs. BTBAM won't be one of my favorite extreme metal bands. Though I live for variety, their approach is too kitchen sink for my tastes. However, they are generally praised here at PA. That should matter in assigning a rating. If THE ANATOMY OF... leads listeners to seek out the original bands covered, that's a very good thing.

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Posted Saturday, January 20, 2018 | Review Permalink

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