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Obfuscation24
July 7th 2011



3939 Comments


^ lettuce motherfucker

also dis iznt trve indie so its not good

ECRbubs
July 7th 2011



687 Comments


I'm not usually a hater but... fuck this band.

balcaen
July 7th 2011



3183 Comments


hahaha holy shit 1.5? i pos'd adam, because you arguments are sounds and i rather agree with you.

but but but
shit, i got nothing. i think this sounds pleasant despite being the owl city of 20-somethings who think they're deep, despite having "emotional" lyrics that are really the most unpoignant thing ever.

for listeners who don't ever get to hear music that is intensely personal, this is a step in the right direction for the mainstream. i'd much rather everyone be listening to this than to T. Swift or Kanye.


their new song seriously sucks though. if they put out this same album again i'll totally 1 it for lack of effort to progress.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2011



49766 Comments


My sister likes these guys

Digging: Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) - You Will Eventually Be Forgotten

balcaen
July 7th 2011



3183 Comments


my sisters both cite this band as "life-narrating" (they're 25 and 30). lol. it was played non-stop in my house for like 3 months so i guess i kind of just submitted to liking it after a while.

thebhoy
Emeritus
July 7th 2011



4459 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

While this mindset is predominantly the product of a superiority complex and a plethora of self-congratulation, there do exist deeper versions of the argument which hold more water: that, for example, bland pop music teaches people to disengage from musical diversity to such an extent that they don't feel like more "substantial" artists could or do have anything more to offer: a narrowing of the possible criteria, basically, by which an album or song can be judged.


Me likey this review but this is an awful sentence Adam lol

thebhoy
Emeritus
July 7th 2011



4459 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

My hatred for this band has nothing to do with popularity, also, and the presupposition of this angers me slightly. I kinda like Young the Giant and they're basically the same thing but whereas YtG tend to lack a sort of personality, Mumford tries to force some "quirky" personality onto their stale songwriting.

But at the same time I totally understand why people like this and my 1 rating is probs harsh.

conradtao
Emeritus
July 7th 2011



2088 Comments


Good review. Captured exactly why this band is so irritating.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011



14983 Comments


yeah that sentence is terrible

"But it still only reaches a large audience because of songs like 'Warwick Avenue' which are, in
their recorded forms at least, far more trend-driven than heart-driven."

i dont really get this, are you saying that "someone like you" only reaches a large audience because
of another song? and if so, why is that? why does the fact that "warwick avenue" is trend-driven
lead to "someone like you" reaching a larger audience. i think i get what you are trying to say but
the message is sort of obscured by your presentation. this may be my problem but w/e

i also think saying "claims" are "executed" is sort of weird but whatever

"It's actually difficult to imagine that Mumford & Sons used any words other than "meaningful" and
"inspirational" in writing their debut album"

i think you mean, like, in writing about their debut album or in writing their ideas for
their debut album or whatever. the simple response to the sentence as is is that mumford & sons
clearly used a bunch of other words in writing their debut album because a bunch of other
words appear on the album's lyrics.

i think the "much more" in the third sentence of the fourth paragraph is sort of useless.

grammar nitpick: "What results is a checklist of devices which one would hesitate to call clich├ęd
because of their relative absence from the world of pop songwriting, but which are just as empty."


WAIT NEVERMIND: I MIGHT BE WRONG WITH THE FOLLOWING: oh well keeping it anyways: you start the
beginning of the sentence referring to the "checklist which one would hesitate to
call" blah blah blah, but then switch over to the devices themselves (in your use of "their" rather
than "its"); it's not really clear what the subject of the sentence is. also w/r/t the end of the
sentence "but which are just as empty" you don't really refer to as empty as what. i mean,
most readers can figure it out, but that's not really an excuse.

"decidedly introspective vocals" w/r/t this, "decidedly" is, like "arguably" one of those fluff
adverbs that 99% of the time (including here, imo) should never be used. i'm not sure how "vocals"
can be introspective, though "words" certainly can, so maybe just switch that around.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011



14983 Comments


"words whose ambiguity hide the fact that they can't even possibly mean half as much as they seem to."

huh? i keep reading the above over and over and can't really parse what you're trying to say (sort of ironic! maybe! not really!)

"And that inspirational last lift"

this is probably my fault but what is "that last inspirational lift"?

i also don't get what it means to repeat something with "such amnesia".

also, the question in which "such amnesia" appears is, well, a question. it needs a question mark at the end.

also capitalize the s in satan!!!!!!

good review, never listened to the album

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011



14983 Comments


also all of the above might be wrong

Kris.
July 7th 2011



12146 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

albums not terrible but not good

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2011



9033 Comments


This is the review I've been waiting for. Kudos on a job well done.

AggravatedYeti
July 7th 2011



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

robertson what the hell are you going on about?

robin
Emeritus
July 7th 2011



4241 Comments


fuck this band and their need to produce the videos that accompany their live show in sepia tone

as if banjos need that

taxidermist
July 7th 2011



7195 Comments


Love this review.

wabbit
July 7th 2011



6977 Comments


He doesn't know.

AggravatedYeti
July 7th 2011



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

as if banjos need that


I dream of banjos in sepia...

wabbit
July 7th 2011



6977 Comments


Adam I wrecked my perfect rating system for you. But this deserves it.

mvdu
July 7th 2011



599 Comments


Not neging, but also don't see all the positives for this review. This album feels just as honest as Fleet Foxes. Instead of being repetitive and lowering the bar, this band is part of the new folk movement in a good way. Review just read like blah blah blah to me. "Awake My Soul" is my fave.



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