Aereogramme
My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go


4.5
superb

Review

by Tyler Fisher EMERITUS
February 16th, 2007 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A new direction for Aereogramme, My Heart Has A Wish... is beautiful and pulsating with excellence. Strings, piano, and clean guitar take a prominent role on the album, and it makes a fresh, new sound.

Something tells me that this is not the album Aereogramme had in their minds when they went into the recording studio. Something had to give. Singer Craig B. had a terrible throat infection, affecting his voice in the same manner as more popular singer M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold. His ability to put on a raspy tinge and take the band into a world of Isis-like post-metal disappeared, and he was left with his equally apt clean vocals. The instrumental end of Aereogramme needed to accommodate to Craig’s new cripple, so instead of toning things down and making their music quieter and simpler, they made it more complex and gave it a brand new voice. Yes, Aereogramme is back with their first full-length in 4 years, but it is something brand new and completely unexpected.

After Sleep and Release, Aereogramme took to touring and various small recordings, such as a split with Isis and a short EP called Seclusion. Seclusion saw a very modern rock sound while the split EP with Isis saw the band playing with longer song lengths. My Heart Has a Wish… is neither of those nor is it a combination of the two. The songs are standard length, averaging between 4 and 6 minutes. This album rarely sees guitars with full distortion and it utilizes brand new instruments to create their melodies at times, most noticeably a string section and piano. This album is not edgy at all, it feels very cohesive and meticulous to detail, and it comes across as an extremely beautiful album. The new sound doesn’t sound new, it sounds as though the band has always done it and they’ve refined their formula to the point of perfection. The production on this album is flawless, everything is crystal clear and even in the album’s busiest moments, and everything can be heard at just the right level. Dynamic effects on this album, although the album never reaches Aereogramme’s old heaviness, are better than ever. Aereogramme has found a new low in dynamic level, and they’ve found their high in adding more instruments and more melodic activity rather than grunge-esque riffs.

Conscious Life for Coma Boy represents a great summary of the album’s sound. It begins with delay guitar and some great falsetto from Craig. The album immediately shows that something new is here, through the chord progression, the style of Craig’s singing, and the instrumentation. The strings, as on the entire album, add tons of effect and drive the band through dynamic change after change. Everything presented on Conscious Life for Coma Boy is to be expanded upon throughout the album, and it serves as a fantastic album opener in more ways than one. Piano, synth, and a great French horn section make their main appearance on Trenches. The chords laid out by the French horns, played with incredible musicality; make an inspiring soundtrack to any movie, and the added regality from the toll of the bells keep a knot in your stomach even in the quietest of moments on the album. As the song progresses, more instruments add in, with the piano playing a more prominent part throughout. Nightmares give the strings their full feature, with an epic yet simple riff that sounds all too familiar, mixed with other pizzicato strings behind it. The pizzicato adds tons of effect. Just before Aereogramme may have taken the song to a much heavier riff, the song cuts out, making it one of the most subtle on the album and beautiful.

My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go presents all kinds of new sounds from Aereogramme, and some thing make a return in more subtle ways. The electronica keyboard style finds itself lending atmospheric effect on The Running Man. The pounding, simple riffs that revolved around downbeats and heavy bass drum kicks are toned down, but still present, more noticeably on Living Backwards. Vocalist Craig B. adapted to his injury almost instinctively, he may be a better singer because of it. His voice, which flies high in the range of Thom Yorke and Matt Bellamy, delicately falls in the mix of any instrumentation, never overpowering anything but always prominent and grabbing. His lyrics are just as great as his voice, with his melodies accenting the high points of his words. Despite how great the musicianship the album is, what makes the album so fantastic is the precision of the production on the album. Everything on the album was meant to happen; nothing is tentative. The only true flaw to the album is that the building technique of the band gets a bit tiring, because Aereogramme never lets anything sit and settle in. Everything is looking ahead to somewhere else, but nothing stays long enough.

Bands often face high expectations after putting such a long time between full length albums, and very few bands meet the expectations. Aereogramme is one of the few who met the expectations, through changing their sound and making a more thoroughly enjoyable product with extreme precision and beauty.

Recommended Tracks:
Barriers
Living Backwards
Trenches
Nightmares
The Running Man



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Jom
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2007


2711 Comments


Excellent review. I was thinking about reviewing this awhile ago, but you did a significantly much better job than I ever would have.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
February 16th 2007


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I don't think this is one of my best, tbh.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2007


17945 Comments


But it's still good.

I've never heard this band before so I'll probably get this.

ScelusNefas
February 16th 2007


274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'm interested, i have to put it on my To buy' list

Oddsen
February 17th 2007


1127 Comments


good review. Sounds like a cool release

AlienEater
February 17th 2007


716 Comments


I don't like this band much but I guess I'll try this

RuNNing/on/HiGh
February 17th 2007


56 Comments


lol what's that in the recommended list "He Poos Clouds" ?

Abaddon2005
February 17th 2007


684 Comments



The music here is neat but the vocals just flat out annoy me to no end.

apriL
March 1st 2007


53 Comments


Is this band any good?

trustxdialect
March 1st 2007


1502 Comments


[quote=this review]4.5/superb[/quote]

I think so...

Dulcinea
March 1st 2007


181 Comments


Isn't the review supposed to answer that question?

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
March 1st 2007


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah this band is good thanks for reading :thumb:

trustxdialect
March 25th 2007


1502 Comments


I was liking this a lot, and then 'Trenches' sealed the deal. 2007 is shaping into a pretty good year.

Doppelganger
April 7th 2007


3124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Very good review. I'm downloading this at the moment, though I have a feeling I will like it.

Wizard
August 28th 2007


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just picked this album up. Excellent melody and atmosphere created on this album. Great review too!

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

Kiran
Emeritus
June 29th 2008


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It was so easy for me to fall in love with this album.

JAV
July 8th 2008


1972 Comments


I need to check this out.
Their split EP with Isis was excellent so hopefully this is good as well.

PayneTiger777
August 26th 2009


4409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is it just me or does the beginning of Trenches sound similar to one of the songs from Saving Private Ryan?

jingledeath
December 21st 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band is really good, tis a shame they're split up now. I'll be looking forward to whatever new project these guys come up with. Also, the vocals kinda sound like Jim Adkins from JEW.

Deathcar
October 11th 2010


1534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album needs more love.



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