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toxin.
December 9th 2012


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Album Rating: 4.5

Ah I've seen. I mean the thing with piano is you study the greats of the past and tend to start thinking like them. It didn't even cross my mind that modern artists would use natural minor because literally minor in piano thought = harmonic minor (at least however far deep I went to, it's not like I'm a piano buff or anything. Only about 10 years of formal training)



And yeah I'd think so too but I know my college offers a lot of courses on modern music theory. This quarter there was The Beatles and the next one there's like Bjork and Radiohead I think. It's pretty cool and so I hope they might have some classes on music composition or something in modern rock and jazz or something like that. Not sure, but I'm optimistic it exists. But that's pretty cool that you write music, but how do you write it if you can't play it? (e.g. you obv can't play string quarter). I'm guessing online tools?

Ecnalzen
December 9th 2012


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Album Rating: 4.0

That's awesome. Your school has a leg up on mine, lol. Some schools are just stuck in the past and turn their noses up at anything considered modern or non classical.



Well, you basically have to do some reading on the instrument and find out what the instruments limitations are and write it in something like Finale or another music sampled program (there are a few I used in college but I can't remember the names) and then have your composition teacher tell you all the things you are doing wrong and fix it for the next week. That was my experience anyway.



I had a terrible time writing for stings (violins, violas, cellos, etc.) at first, so I started arranging piano pieces for string quartet to help me figure things out. That way I had a blueprint to start out with and then I could just fill in any blanks and change a few things here and there to my liking. Then I started getting decent at writing my own stuff.

toxin.
December 12th 2012


12895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn, I never responded, sorry man.

Yeah, I think it's probably because I go to a pretty big university, so naturally more classes are offered.



And ah, I see. Yeah, I've done a few things on Finale, but that was mainly using it to transcribe stuff for guitar class for extra credit. Haha at the composition teacher bit. That's all really cool though, sounds like something I want to do. Unfortunately there's like 50 things that I want to do so I'll probably never get into it. Maybe senior year in college or something I'll just take a class on composition if it's offered just as a relax class.



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On topic of Vital, these B-Sides are really damn good. Maybe Lost Songs Pt 2 will actually be good lol

toxin.
December 12th 2012


12895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No Love To Speak is just gorgeous, holy shit Vital would be a 5 if it replaced Innocent.

JakeStallion
December 12th 2012


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"Maybe Lost Songs Pt 2 will actually be good lol"

Hey man, I love Lost Songs. The Haunting is one of the best songs ever. I also love the covers on that album. "Baby Please Come Home" is an awesome song to jam around the holidays. Gets me so pumped for Santa.

Digging: The Nighty Nite - Until the Horror Goes

JakeStallion
December 12th 2012


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If ANY of the B-sides replaced Innocent, the album would be damn-near perfect. Anberlin's b-sides are always flawless.

toxin.
December 12th 2012


12895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The Haunting is awesome, agreed.

I'm not a huge fan of their covers though.

"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" for example is one of my favorite songs ever.

Mix in Anberlin, my favorite band, and what do you get????

a dud : (



I'm actually not familiar with the one you're referring to though. I'd listen but I'm too busy

listening to No Love to Speak on repeat

JakeStallion
December 12th 2012


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Really? I love their covers. Maybe it's because I am as in love with Stephen Christian as you can love someone without actually knowing them, but their covers of The Promise, Mother, and True Faith (for example) do so much for more me than the originals.



You should certainly check out Baby Please Come Home. It rocks hard for a Holiday tune. Also, for someone so eager to trash on Lost Songs, it doesn't seem as though you've listened to the whole album, eh? ;)

toxin.
December 12th 2012


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Album Rating: 4.5

Hey man, I've listened to Lost Songs, okay!!!

It's just... been a while.

IIRC The Promise was great too but I didn't realize it was a cover. Was Mother the... Danzig(?) cover?

I think I just prefer Anberlin-style music from Stephen, though I admit his voice makes pretty much

anything better.



But fine I'll go RElisten to it and give you an accurate rating. Another time though, still jamming

these B-sides

JakeStallion
December 12th 2012


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That's fine...take your time. Just don't forget!



The Promise is a cover of the song by When In Rome. You've probably heard the original at some point in your life. It likes to play on classic alternative/pop stations quite often (around here, anyway). Mother is indeed a Danzig cover, so pat yourself on the back for that one.



Honestly, if Anberlin had a different vocalist/lyricist, I don't think I'd like them half as much as I do now.

toxin.
December 12th 2012


12895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I never put off listening to Anberlin lol. Although with limited internet in India we'll see.



And yeah? Cool I'll check out the original and see if I know it. And I only know Mother as a Danzig cover because I remember watching a video of them playing it live I think, I've never even heard of Danzig lol



And yeah of course, Stephen's voice puts the band on another level. Lyricist maybe. He's great when he wants to be, but the entirety of DitW is more or less generic. Of course then we have songs like fin, Inevitable, etc. that are awesome too, but I do wish he were more consistent (although Vital was so maybe bad lyrics are behind them)

toxin.
December 12th 2012


12895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

4000th comment on Anberlin thread

this is how it has to happen

Havey
December 12th 2012


10054 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

coulda picked a better album

Chortles
December 12th 2012


18919 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ouch

toxin.
December 12th 2012


12895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not cool man

Havey
December 12th 2012


10054 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

srry

toxin.
December 12th 2012


12895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's OK go 5 Cities and we're cool

Havey
December 12th 2012


10054 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Cities is a great record



3.5! [:

Chortles
December 12th 2012


18919 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

haven't heard cities but this gets more annoying to listen to every time honestly

DrMaximus
December 12th 2012


11811 Comments


^ Check out Cities man



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