Good Old War: Broken Into Better Shape Review

This was the fifth album review I wrote for Cool Try.

I think that at the time I was pretty happy with what I wrote. Looking at it now makes me realise that it is far, far too short.

The reviews reads too much like a checklist. I really should have expanded much more on what I was saying. I don’t think I should have boldly proclaimed that the album was about love and heartbreak either. It’s quite possible that Broken Into Better Shape is about those things, but I’m not completely certain that those are the entirety of the album’s themes. Then again, it has been a while since I’ve listened to the album, so maybe those are all it is about.

I can remember a few moments from the album pretty well, which I think is a good thing. I should probably go listen to it again some time soon as I do remember it being quite enjoyable.

I fixed some spelling and spacing, but otherwise this is as it was.

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Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

“Tell me why my love has got a gun / aimed at my heart / I’m begging please just try and realise baby / I did my part”.

If the first lines aren’t a giveaway, this album is about love and heartbreak and possibly some of the happier times as well. I’m not entirely sure which takes dominance, but my money’s on heartbreak.

The album keeps a good flow and has a strong feel of slowing down and unwinding as it goes on.

I find it difficult to completely explain, but from the up-tempo opener “Tell me What you Want From me” to the relaxed, soft closer “Don’t Forget”, it really does feel like the whole album is winding down from something intense that happened before it began.

The vocals aren’t strong but this is beneficial to the music as they don’t run the risk of overpowering and taking all the attention.

Despite the lyrics being not the happiest for the most part, they are sung in a very upbeat manner. This makes them appropriate for the moods and tones of the songs which are quite light and airy in nature.

There’s a sense of familiarity all throughout Broken Into Better Shape.
I’m not sure why, but it feels like a lot of this has been done before.
However, the album is nice enough and it works well as a whole.
Despite the subject matter, it has a positive feel to it.
It’s certainly worth a listen.

About Stupidity Hole

I'm some guy that does stuff. Hoping to one day fill the internet with enough insane ramblings to impress a cannibal rat ship. I do more than I probably should. I have a page called MS Paint Masterpieces that you may be interested in checking out. I also co-run Culture Eater, an online zine for covering the arts among other things. We're on Patreon!
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