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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.

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Posted Monday, August 1, 2005 | Review Permalink
Sean Trane
Prog Folk
3 stars Reviewing a post-rock album is never an easy task, mostly due to the fact that a lot of the groups in the genre have a similar sound and very little (if any at all) vocals. DSMT is not a unique group into post-rock and their slow languishing sound is not that personal either, but the atmospheres escaping from this very record are very melancholic and the tensions are almost permanent, making this album highly enjoyable for the fans. Reitschule is very much the key track with excellent brass arrangements and solid drumming. Actually sound and solid drumming is one of the strength of DMST in general (it was a little weaker on their debut album) , but this still not their better album. You might want to Try Goodbye Enemy Airships to get a good idea of what they are capable of.
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Posted Wednesday, October 12, 2005 | Review Permalink
4 stars Do Make Say Think have not made one album that sounds like another, but there first two albums were very much along the defining lines of post-rock in sound and attitude. Here, with & Yet &Yet, the band starts to expand (and would continue to do so with their subsequent release) the scope of their music. The group has developed a sound that stands in stark contrast with their contemporaries: a cheery sound. Anyone would be able to note the generally dark or melancholy aura emitted by post-rock music. Certainly the beauty of the music is enough to give you a feeling of warmth and joy inside, but as beautiful as it gets, one will never be able to have a feel-good post- rock unless they have this album. The undertones still bear the melancholic mark of post-rock, but the atmospheres presented are very perky.

Musically speaking, the group has shown growth. They are experimenting more often with horns and effects, and it's very much to their benefit here. They never do too much, and they never stray too far from one vision throughout the whole album, which works both for and against them; on the following album, the group would have trouble keeping a coherent album with all of the ideas they endeavor to use, but they manage to reach even greater heights on a handful of the songs. This album has a distinct set of relative riffs including delicate, jocular bass lines, horn segments, and soft clean guitars - not a single note on this album is distorted , which is also hard to come by in post-rock, as it does make for mesmerizing climaxes. All backed by nice, jazzy drumming. The songs will not climax like a typical post-rock song, but instead, they soothe you from start to finish; no surprises or changes of pace. This album is much like a musical masseuse, and you can hear her sing a little on "Soul and Onward." It is a short, but quite nice vocal humming, by whom I have no idea.

As this album is very relaxing and monotone, it's more of a background album. It is a great album for when you're just "chillin" alone, or even with company. You won't have much to really disect when listening to this, and heck, even if you tried to, you would lose your concentration. It's somewhat enigmatic in the sense that you probably will never fully understand it because you never will be able to focus on it the whole time. I can't decide whether if that should be counted as a postive or negative feat. You decide.

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Posted Sunday, February 18, 2007 | Review Permalink
3 stars From Sleepy to Lovely.

This album largely keeps to the compositional styles set by their second album ("Goodbye Enemy Airship..."), but without any obvious killer tracks like they had on that album. The songs on this album actually have a bit more obvious structure, and each tune usually has a few different sections that it moves through, which shows some positive evolution. The guitars and trumpet (when present) once again steal the show from the synth, and there is some great jazzy drumming in here too. One thing I notice about this album which probably keeps down its ratings vis a vis their other albums (like "Goodbye...") is that the best tracks are found at the end of the CD, while the weaker tracks appear in the first half. While I like the first two tracks, I have to admit they cannot compare with the best on "Goodbye", and the middle two tracks are quite weak (particularly "Chinatown", which is basically just a synth wash). So, I could imagine some reviewers making up their minds from the first half and perhaps not really listening to the later tracks. For me each of the last three tracks is wonderful, and they largely presage the music that would be made on their later albums. "Reitschule" is full of jazzy drumming, great bass grooves, and wonderful trumpet chordal build-up from Charles Spearin. A really lovely song, and my favourite on this album. "Soul and Onward" has another then-first for the band, a make-shift choir, which along with the horns (including sax) produces a wonderful atmosphere as the track builds. The closer, "Anything for Now", is structured around a very nice nostalgia-feeling inducing guitar-chord pattern that builds with trumpets and the like for the first half, and then fades into a synth drone over which a collage of sounds (backwards acoustic guitars?) builds, ending the album on another satisfying albeit sleepy note. On balance, I give this album 6.8 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to mid 3 PA stars. If you, like me, really like "Other Truths", then you will like the last three tunes here.

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