Converge
You Fail Me


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jordan Smith USER (16 Reviews)
December 30th, 2006 | 1983 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A rather misunderstood album that can easily deceive a listener into thinking it's a classic, however doesn't have too much longterm appeal.....

You Fail Me
Be My Light In This World of Darkness

Converge. The name alone carries a sense of mysticism, a sense of respect, accomplishment, and honesty. Having released some of the most emotionally charged music of the last 20 years, it’s not hard to see why. They are largely credited with starting the Metalcore movement, being one of the first bands to infuse Hardcore breakdowns into their Heavy Metal sound. Creating a chaotic atmosphere with technical guitar work
complex rhythms, ridiculous drumming, and of course Jacob Bannon’s tortured shrieks, few bands possess the originality or aggression of Converge. They had gained recognition with their first two LPs Petitioning the Empty Sky and When Forever Comes Crashing, however it wasn’t until their third release Jane Doe that they reached their creative peak. Revered as a masterpiece by almost all fans of Extreme music, Jane Doe is a culmination of all the things that make Converge such a respected and influential band. With song lengths varying from 1 to 11 minutes, it’s frantic and hyperactive instrumentation and it’s personal and emotional(if not somewhat clichéd) lyrics, Jane Doe set the bar for which all Converge albums would come to be judged. And so, coming off the success of an album as monumental as Jane Doe, it is not surprising that Converge felt the need to alter their sound. After all, there was simply no way that they would be able to top Jane Doe using the same formula. They had perfected their sound, and it had taken them as far as it could. In order to create another masterpiece, changes had to be made. The result would come to be one of the most misunderstood albums of all time. An absolute gem that, sadly, never received the recognition it deserved after being overshadowed by its predecessor.

Enter You Fail Me

There is no doubt that most would consider it a travesty to compare You Fail Me to the Holy Grail of Converge’s catalogue, Jane Doe. They largely altered their sound when making it, creating an extremely dark and desperate atmosphere. Just the Intro track, First Light conjures up images of desperation and loneliness. The entire album is bleak, alone, abandoned. The title itself is a reflection on disappointment and failure, a reflection on giving up. It is a lyrical masterpiece, dealing not so much with failed relationships but rather failure of society. There is not a consistent story, but there is a consistent message. Poetic in nature, Bannon confronts his own failures and demons, as well as how the darker nature of society corrupts the youthful and sews the seeds of contempt. You Fail Me is ultimately a rejection of society, of conformity, and of the Oppressors who continue to gnaw at the fabric of moral justice.

With darker subject matter than any other Converge release, the band took their instrumentation to new heights with You Fail Me. It is less technical than Jane Doe, there is not nearly as much of the complex polyrhythmic drum and guitar interplay, however quite frankly, it would not suit the album very well. One of it’s biggest strengths its how comprehensible it is, it does not constantly assault you from every angle like previous Converge releases. That being said, the musicianship is in no way lacking. The Bass, Drums, and Guitar all work together perfectly, playing off one another to provide the desolate backdrop on which Bannon tears into our social fabric. To touch on the lyrics again, they are just unbelievable. I believe that You Fail Me is Bannon’s lyrical masterpiece. It could easily be converted to poetry and still retain all of its wonder and presence. Jacob Bannon screams the lyrics with conviction and angst, the delivery is simply perfect. At times his words are even decipherable, sounding reminiscent of some of the more Hardcore influenced When Forever Comes Crashing. However, despite the strengths of the lyrics and instrumentation, it is the atmosphere that they create which makes You Fail Me so memorable. It is unsettling and cold, not so much a collection of songs but rather an entire experience.

Is You Fail Me a better CD than Jane Doe? No, but that doesn’t mean that [/i]Jane Doe[i] is better than You Fail Me. This is Converge at their artistic height, working together perfectly as a band to orchestrate an album that captures an entire feeling, an entire idea. With soundscapes as barren and bleak as the poetry that they support, You Fail Me is a classic. To this day, there is no other CD like it. Many bands have copied the sound of Jane Doe, however it is doubtful that there will ever be another group of performers who can create such a chilling, honest, and poetic piece of art.



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Eliminator
December 30th 2006


2067 Comments


This album is okay.

pixiesfanyo
December 30th 2006


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Okay, enough with people thinking they're into converge.

AlienEater
December 30th 2006


716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jane Doe is far better

JordanS
December 30th 2006


319 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dont really expect anyone to agree with my rating, I think one of the reason's I like the album so much is all the memories I can tie it back to. It has alot of sentimental value to me. It's one of those, you know?

AlienEater
December 30th 2006


716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I guess

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
December 30th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well it really just seems like you wait on your doorstep every night for Jacob Bannon to come and propose to you =/. It wasnt a bad review but I mean what did you really say except that its different from Jane Doe and Bannon is a great songwriter?

JordanS
December 30th 2006


319 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea I see your point, I was a bit worried that the review would come acrosse as a comparison. I guess the thing I was trying to stress with the review is the emotion and message that I can derive out of this CD. When I first heard it, it was unsettling to me and I didn't know what to make of it. I really like Jacob Bannon as a lyricist, but don't have any intention to marry him.....that honor is reserved for John Frusciante.

pixiesfanyo
December 30th 2006


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Did you first hear it when you got the sampler disc in Revolver?

Tyler
Emeritus
December 30th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why do you guys get so annoyed when a new user likes one of your favourite bands?

pixiesfanyo
December 30th 2006


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm getting annoyed at Converge being the new TMV on sputnik.

That is all.

SubtleDagger
December 30th 2006


737 Comments


When a lot of people latch onto a good band that inherently raises the stupidity of the fanbase
Everyone knows this

Intransit
December 30th 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. Lay off the comparisons and you'll do fine.

Tyler
Emeritus
December 30th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

On the review it self, I think that much like your other reviews it's very well written. While I personally can't agree or disagree with anything but the rating, I'll give you props for the review itself.

metallicaman8
December 30th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Not a fan of the band, but mighty fine job with the review.

Eliminator
December 30th 2006


2067 Comments


have you even heard this album

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 30th 2006


17945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i'm sure one of his friends "loves converge" and "made" him listen to this album

metallicaman8
December 30th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Actually I own this one. Not by choice, mind you. When my uncle went off to College last year I enherited his cd collection.

Eliminator
December 30th 2006


2067 Comments


oh ok then

canadapantsman
December 30th 2006


236 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So pretty much everyone i know in person loves this album just as much as Jane Doe, but in forums and stuff people give it a lot of shit. It's strange to me, because this is my favorite converge album. No other album in music, that i have heard, sounds like this. I mean, the closest thing to this vibe is No Heroes, and that's only because of the production.

Tyler
Emeritus
December 30th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5


So pretty much everyone i know in person loves this album just as much as Jane Doe


get new friends.



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