This has a strong rising feel this particular song, but ultimately it doesn’t seem to go anywhere. It’s just a nice break, I guess. Maybe it’s meant to mean or represent something, but it doesn’t really go anywhere. Maybe it’s meant to feel large and somewhat-ominous, though maybe not. Perhaps the ambiguity is meant to be at the forefront. I don’t know and I don’t care. It comes off a little too much like filler and on an album that’s demanding that I pay attention to it, filler is entirely unwelcome.
That may be a little harsh, but I’m struggling to be kind regarding what it is that I’m hearing. Maybe that’s my problem. Maybe I’m an asshole. I don’t know. I just…
I don’t expect much out of this band. They’re one that are more than capable of delivering, but that seems more and more unlikely with each release. There are always a few good songs on each album. Some are mostly good, some are completely good, but most are mostly okay and forgettable. This is an issue as often there are hints of greatness but the band don’t know when to reign it in and when to really release.
That also seems unfair to say as it comes off as though I’m telling the band how to make their music, but perhaps they really need someone on the outside to put their foot down and really work the band hard. That couldn’t be me as I imagine my suggestions would not be strong enough. I couldn’t make a strong argument for what I think should be done. They need someone who isn’t going to mince words; that’s the very least that anyone can do.
Still, this quiet section isn’t too bad. Most of this isn’t too bad, but the overall whole drags far too much. It’s a tiring listen. It needed a few songs cut off and maybe put out on the next release. Maybe. Don’t really know.
I do know that I am enjoying a lot of this album despite its issues. Individually a lot of the songs are great. It’s just a bit of an ask to sit through all of this.
This new quiet section isn’t too bad either. There’s a nice build and it’s becoming something a bit louder, but fuller and more vibrant in a sense. Seems hopeful. Seems like the message is strong. Is the message strong? I don’t know. Often the vocals seem to just weakly wash over. Once more, hard to tell if there is a message or not, but either way this is a song that might just be worth hearing on repeat for a while.
So overall I don’t quite know what to think of what I’m listening to, though this closing track is great. Strong build, carries a strong sense of drama and grandeur and feels much more warranted than a number of the preceding tracks.
Maybe the album will improve upon many more listens. Maybe not.
The time it took to write five-hundred words: 07:50:44
Once more I’m struggling on writing a review, so I decided to try and use this format to get some stuff out of the way, regardless of if I can justify it or not.
Maybe a bit too ambiguous and repetitive, but hopefully it helped.
Written at home.