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Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson

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5 stars Does it sound like a lot of other post rock albums? Yes it does.

Does it have enough difference from those albums to make it great? No it does not.

Is it still good? YES.

I find myself listening to this alot mainly because it's just decent post-rock. Nothing new really, just good old-fashioned (or post-fashioned) music. The atmosphere is the same as most post-rock albums, somber with a fleck of cynicism but something about it just makes me listen to it alot. It could be The band name (awesome name BTW) but I doubt it. Could be the song titles... Naw I've seen better. But what is it then?!

I still don't know. An element I cannot define lurks in this album, and I like it. It draws me to the album like a magnet attracts metal. Some things you just can't explain I guess.


After quite a few more listens (I can't stop listening) I still have not found a flaw in the album. If anything I've found more reasons to love it such as the fact that it sounds much more different than most post-rock contrary to what I thought. I love this album and the undefiniable element is still lurking in it. It deserves 5 stars, really it does.

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Posted Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | Review Permalink
3 stars (Review requested by Horizons)

YPOFH is Post rock band from Norway, the only Post rock band from this country that I know of besides Ulver.

I had some pretty high hopes going into this album, but unfortunately, I am kind of let down overall. It never reaches out and makes you take notice, it stays firmly within the realm of most all other Post rock bands without doing anything new.

That is not why I do not really care for this album though. First thing is the vocals. They tend to vary in how good they are throughout the album. Some songs, like He Can't Be Dead, I got His Autograph, have great vocals, and overall it is a really good song, and my favorite off this album. Other times there are one too many moments in songs where the singing sounds almost terrible, like towards the end of Let's Rent Bikes From 1982. Another problem I find is the use of some found sound clips. There is an art to using sound clips, and some bands, like Gybe, know how to use them to their full extent and create a masterpiece. Other bands do not seem to be able to incorporate them into the music in a way that it feels unobtrusive, and the one that sticks out the most for me is The League Will Never Let The Albino Kid Win, which is my least favorite out of all the songs here mainly because of the bad use of sound clips, and it has got some pretty bad vocals on top of that.

Now, this is not to say that this is a bad album, no no, it has many great points in it too, one of the best plusses is the good use of what I think is a violin or some similar sounding instrument. There are multiple times during the album where, there is a nice lull moment and the violin comes moaning and groaning in its soft way. The songs are also (with the exception of some) very good, with a abundance of what makes me love Post rock/metal so much, and that is the ambience. There are some really wonderful moments here, the best song of the album for me being the mostly instrumental song, I Think E.T. Is Involved In My Family. It has the violin making its despairing and sadning noise, while some laid back drums swirl around, accompanied by some equally despairing guitar, before occasionally gaining some punch, and going into a almost metal like riff, with pounding drums, yet still sounding distinctly post rock.

A good album with some glaring flaws, but still worth a look for fans of Post Rock.

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Posted Sunday, September 25, 2011 | Review Permalink
2 stars I've been dabbling into post-rock a little bit more lately and I came across this band. I've been a fan of post-rock for a while but just now decided to venture into some of the more obscure stuff. My initial thoughts on these guys: interesting name, and their songs have interesting titles really. They gave me a chuckle in a few places, so I thought I'd try out this album here. I was quite disappointed.

Now this album is not completely bad, it does have some decent, relaxing music like all post- rock bands. But this album does fail pretty miserably at being distinguishable from other post- rock. If you've been exploring post-rock for some time, this album really doesn't offer anything new and it is quite disappointing I find. It has some enjoyable moments, but at other times borders on being just plain banal. I felt like I've heard this millions of times just on my first listen.

However, if you're just starting in post-rock, I'll admit this could be a good first look at the genre. It gives you the feel of what the genres all about. However if you've already heard a fair amount of post-rock, this album is just more of the same of what you'd heard. So really, it's hard to go beyond all this. This album is really what the 2 star rating was made for.

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Posted Sunday, October 16, 2011 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
4 stars It's been quite the week for me with three problems escalating in my life to the point I feel like I'm close to the edge. Yet I'm too self-aware to do anything crazy, so I endure. Still as I walked my dog Wednesday night late all I could do is muster "God" as I was about to ask for relief. I didn't ask as I became emotional only being able to say his name. I composed myself and continued to walk. In less than 24 hours each of the three different problems were dealt with. Yeah I believe in God.

The connection to that story with this recording is that the albums that I review each weekend are really the soundtracks to my life the previous week, whether my life is boring, tragic, amazing or whatever. Right from the first listen I felt that this was a special album. Instrumentally this is a Post-Rock album for sure but what did surprise me were the vocals which really make me think of Indie music. It's very uplifting and bright much of the time with lots of vocals, also a surprise. These guys are from Norway and this is their second studio album released in 2010. This recording is divided into two sections with the first called "Puzzle" worth close to 32 minutes and the second section called "The Detective" worth around 34 minutes. There are four songs in each with some amusing titles so lets have a look.

"Lets Rent Bikes From 1942" opens with picked guitar, atmosphere and drums as the violin joins in playing over top. Enjoyable stuff. We don't get vocals until just before 2 minutes. "I'd Rather Listen To Weston" has a beat to start as picked guitars join in. Such a feel good song as the vocals arrive. Some noisy Post-Rock styled guitars arrive before 2 minutes as the vocals stop. It settles quickly but then builds. The vocals are back after 3 minutes and the focus is back on them before 4 minutes. "He Can't be Dead, I Got His Autograph Last Week" has bass and drums leading early on as the guitar joins in then vocals. A fairly melancholic mood here. Violin 5 minutes in as it settles back. Spoken words end it. "To Sit Down Or To Follow, So I Follow" has these beautiful picked guitar sounds as drums, violin and more join in. Vocals before a minute and it picks up after 1 1/2 minutes until they are kicking ass. A complete calm 3 minutes in and it's gorgeous after 6 1/2 minutes. Children can be heard as it ends.

The second section begins with "Our Door Handles Stopped Moving Years Ago" where we get atmosphere as the drums and guitar join in. The vocals bring back sad news. Why does this move me? The violin leads 2 1/2 minutes in. "The League Will Never Let This Albino Kid Win" is a bright feel good track with vocals. The vocals stop as we can hear a female talking. Lots of droning violin over top of the upbeat sound. A triumphant final minute to this one. "I Think E.T. Is Involved In My Family" is very Post-Rock-like as the violin comes in over top. Vocals after 1 1/2 minutes as it settles some. It kicks in hard before 2 1/2 minutes but it's brief. How beautiful is this when it settles back. Check out the guitars 5 1/2 minutes in. It's so intense when it kicks in after 8 minutes, the most powerful part of the album. Insane! "Scientists Now Think This City Is Overdue" features guitars and sampled voices and children singing. Vocals before 2 minutes as the drums also join the guitars. Violin too. It brightens and becomes lighter a minute later which is my least favourite part of the album. It does change back though. Picked guitar only after 6 minutes but the drums and violin return. Violin to the fore and then it turns intense after 9 minutes, vocals too.

This is such an enjoyable album for me, so uplifting, it makes me smile just like the band's name. 4 solid stars.

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Posted Saturday, April 23, 2016 | Review Permalink

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