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imadethismistake - Bow & Quiver

the cat   (39 reviews)

Posted: 06/16/2010 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

Quirky yet infectious, with a circus of instruments at their sides, RI's imadethismistake has composed a solid album. Though I'm not a fan of this type of stuff I found it pretty easy to listen to. Established back in 2002 imtm's tunes shine and are delivered right on the money.

These guys' acoustic roots are pretty easy to pick up on; the entire album is directed by a constant come hither strum. Various instruments from a french horn to a piano add appropriate color and depth and seem like a very natural and organic part of the overall sonic anatomy, the piano interlude in "Winter in New Bedford" serves as a perfect example. Interesting and dynamic vocal deliveries range from subtle spoken words to shouty rants to rip roaring singalongs.

The recording itself is adequate but at times sounds flat and unpolished, in addition there are occasional parts that are either deliberately dissonant or potentially slightly out of tune. I'm not familiar with this genre and I have heard that bands tend to do things like this intentionally, which is all well and good, but I personally could do without it either way. Also, the vocals have their low points on more open ended-sounding tracks like Grimmerie II but could probably be forgiven much easier by an emoficcianado.

Overall, I think Bow & Quiver is a good albeit not exactly earth shattering album. I would say it's a decent set of songs to check out if you're into this kind of thing. It seems like it'd be a good listen after a night of shenanigans to chill out to. Party on Wayne.

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