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The Appleseed Cast - Low Level Owl 1

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Posted: 04/26/2010 | Comments: 13 | Rate:

This album seems to be the Appleseed Cast's transition into their preferred genre. After listening to earlier albums, it was obvious that they were headed in this direction, especially after Mare Vitalis.

I feel that this album really broke into the more ambient and classical side of Emo and Indie-Rock and established them as a credible band of this genre.

Upon first listen, its obvious that this album was meant to be listened to in its entirety and is a stunning album. I do amit that some songs are a bit reaching and that you really need to be in the right mood to appreciate the album and the artist's intentions.

We start with The Waking of Pertelotte, which, like serveral songs on the album is a transition. Although On Reflection is only the second song of the album, I feel that is the volume I's epic song.

Most of the songs on the album seem like transitions, and I keep waiting for the transition into the epic song, and I feel like they came up shorthanded on that. Too many fillers and not enough songs of epic proportions which is what I expect from an album such as this.

For example, Messenger is a tease with its 45 second length and it leads into Doors Lead to Questions, which is longer, but still has that intro feel to it. I keep waiting for the build up to lead into something and then the song ends.

Steps and Numbers has a huge build up, beautiful ending and transitions into Sentence. Christopher Crisci has a great voice, but I’m glad he keeps it to the minimum, this album seems more about the music and showcasing the instruments. And I really like that.

A consistent theme with this album is that songs get better towards the end. And that seems to be the case on their older albums as well.

I've read several reviews of this album in which people have said they think it is a waste for Chris to not use his voice as much as in prior albums, but in my opinion, I think they did it right. When he does use voice, seems a bit repetitive. (Sentence for example). I also noticed he commonly comes in at ends of songs.

Another thing I noticed in the reviews I read, that Birds of Paradise was hyped up to be a masterpiece, but in my opinion overrated. I keep feeling like it should be leading up to something, but it doesn’t. It leads up to Mile Marker, in which the vocals were drowned out by guitar with repetitive beginning, but breaks into a more harmonic guitar about halfway through the song and gets better.

I imagine that Convict was intended to be another epic song of the first disc with it's hard piano chords and heavy sustain pedal usage. I kept waiting for the climax of the song, I kept waiting for a breakdown, or a bridge, but no… just repetition of the first half of the song, some rain sound effect for dramatic effect I suppose. It falls short to Steps and Numbers and Sentence, which seem intended to run together as be interpreted as one song. Sentence really provides the necessary dissolution needed to make Steps and Numbers complete, which is why I feel it is the one true epic of this album.

A Tree for Trials, just another transition. Signal, more reminiscent of previous albums like Mare Vitalis and The End of the Ring Wars and I was glad to hear it because it tied everything into their early days as a band. Its nice to hear those roots sometimes. I'm excited to hear volume II and compare it to this.

All in all, I feel like I was a bit too hard on this album because I've heard their more recent releases and I am so much more impressed with those. I'm kicking myself for not having heard this album first, I think I would've appreciated it more.

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Comments
Pulp Free
52,190 Posts
35/M/PA
Pretty good review, kid.



Oh and I hate this band. Glad you took this one.
que te follen
20,134 Posts
34/F/PA
hahaha I was happy to take it.
farang
14,130 Posts
38/M/PA
i think you sold this album waaaaaay short
farang
14,130 Posts
38/M/PA
also, i think they (1&2) should be reviewed together
The shy retirer
14,553 Posts
32/M/WI
Originally posted by: eric lfd

also, i think they (1&2) should be reviewed together



Indeed.
Dragonhawk
1 Posts
25/F/OH
They remind me a lot of Sunny Day Real Estate.
WastedPotential
6,659 Posts
37/M/VA
Not my favorite Appleseed Cast release(s), but still some of their better songwriting.
Good shit. :)
Pulp Free
52,190 Posts
35/M/PA
I told her to review them separately. eat shit if you don't like it, Eric. :)
farang
14,130 Posts
38/M/PA
shit has been eaten :)
The shy retirer
14,553 Posts
32/M/WI
Works for me to.
busta hymen
5,679 Posts
28/M/SC
if you like this band, you should check out algernon cadwallader.
que te follen
20,134 Posts
34/F/PA
Originally posted by: eric lfd

i think you sold this album waaaaaay short



meh, like I said...I expected more because I like their more current releases better.
And I just reviewed the volume II, it was better than vol I but still it didn't knock me off my feet. I feel that I was fair.
que te follen
20,134 Posts
34/F/PA
Originally posted by: Andrackie

They remind me a lot of Sunny Day Real Estate.



yes, they do. I believe I added that in the review.

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