Do Make Say Think
You, You're a History in Rust


4.5
superb

Review

by Old Uncle Al USER (86 Reviews)
February 24th, 2007 | 47 replies | 4,282 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If, by the end of 2007, this isn't considered one of the year's best, then we're in for one hell of a year.

There's a little record store in my town called Grooves. While it's not the most popular place to buy music and only has one store, it's still one of the best sources for music that I've come across. The staff is incredibly friendly, the selection is wonderful and it's overall atmosphere is much more real and down-to-earth than most chain stores. Asides from great selection and clean and organized store, the thing that I like most about this particular store is that you don't have to be a long-time customer to feel like you're at home. There aren't any membership cards you have to fill out, you know everybody's name right off the bat and, hell, it's just plain fun to go back to.

One of the recent purchases I made there was Do Make Say Think's latest album, You, You're A History In Rust. Strangely, the vibe I get from the store from which I purchased it can be transmitted through this album itself. While the band has been around for about 12 years now, I felt really warm and comfortable with the band right off the bat, whereas it might take a while to get into other bands of similar musical quality (See: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Jaga Jazzist). This is one of the reasons why I consider this a great album, it seems familiar and comfortable even when you're just getting into it.

But that's just one of the many reasons why this album is incredible. The music itself is almost flawlessly portrayed throughout the whole album, going from sleek, melancholy, and to a certain extent progressive indie-rock ("A With Living", which ends with a beautiful sea of voices breaking through the walls of sound created by mere guitars, drums and a horn or two) to crunched guitars, epically subtle pianos, blankets of miscellaneous noise and upbeat jazz drums ("Executioner Blues", which could be the height of the album due to it's spectacular shifts in mood throughout). The band covers their sound well and does every genre portrayed justice, but it's best when they decide to give it their own twist of un-conventional post-rock instruments, such as trumpets, marimba and vibes. On songs like "You, You're Awesome" and "The Universe!", the band finds a perfect balance between sheer chaos and beautifully controlled noise rock, all blended up into a chaotic mess of instruments, never seeping below sheer beauty and grace even when at ear-splitting volume. The music is so warm and loud, it's hard not to feel like you're actually standing inside of it. Something absolutely wonderful and involving, needless to say.

Involvement might seem like a rather generous term sometimes, though. Occasionally, the music seems so distant that it's incredibly hard for the listener to really understand it, let alone relate to it. Not to say that's a bad thing, but rather a wonderful feat by the band. "A Tender History in Rust" remains absolutely beautiful and glacial, with the acoustic guitar playing a beautiful harmony that might sound welcome in Middle Earth, creating a delicate and poignant state for the listener to feel trapped inside it's simplistic beauty. "Herstory of Glory" takes the same approach, but after the acoustic settling is established, the song lurches out into a rather spacey jam, with frequent trips to different genres such as fast but downbeat jazz, indie-rock and powerful crescendo rock. If I were to have one complaint about the album, is that some songs just end way too soon, especially since the ideas the band has are so expressive and open to interpretation that it's a let-down to see that they only take it to a certain level. For instance, the jazzier moments on the album aren't overcome with trumpet, jazz brushes and stand-up bass, but rather a more modern, thoughtful and, essentially, moving attack on the genre. The opener, the piano laced "Bound to Be That Way" could've easily stretched on for twenty minutes without getting tiring, but it's also accepted at a steady eight minutes. Still, one can't help but imagine. But the music itself is so absorbing to the listener, it's still a sheer wonder when you listen to it, regardless of a couple "what-ifs".

To be honest, this is a masterpiece. There isn't a single sub-par moment on this album, and the band takes numerous approaches to a variety of genres and, somehow, comes up with a sound all their own. Attacks of swirling noise, a delicate backdrop of instrumental whirs and a large slate of sounds to inspire "wows", this album is certainly variable, fun and quite easy and relaxing to sit through, something not always common with the genre. But in the end, this is an exemplary album that never fails to bring something new to the table and take it to places far off in the distance. The album sounds like it's gradually collapsing throughout, with an occasional sense of agony sprinkled here and there, but it's overall feel is that of triumph. Highly recommended.

Thanks for reading,
AV8RS



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Two-Headed Boy
February 24th 2007


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wasn't intending on doing another post-rock review. Sorry.

Zebra
Moderator
February 24th 2007


2647 Comments


Although I'm not a big fan of Do Make Say Think this sounds promising. I've only heard "The Universe" and it's excellent, I have to check this out.
Good work on the review but what were you trying to get at with the intro?

trustxdialect
February 24th 2007


1502 Comments


^^

Strangely, the vibe I get from the store from which I purchased it can be transmitted through this album itself.


Good review. I really want to check this out now.

Two-Headed Boy
February 24th 2007


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Another generic music/noun comparison, pretty much.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
February 24th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it comes out tuesday and I heard one song already. kind of excited.

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
March 27th 2007


1588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is decent, but I'm not digging it that much.

Wyko
April 3rd 2007


150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review, really made me go check out the album and I'll definatly check it out within this week.

GleamInRanks
April 17th 2007


298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I got his album the other day, and its fantastic, so is the review. I love the drumming. Hopefully I'll be getting Winter Hymn... soon

Intransit
April 18th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I hate growth


La Revolucion
April 18th 2007


1060 Comments


The Universe is such a good song.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
April 18th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yar it is.

Two-Headed Boy
April 18th 2007


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Woah I was readin' in the & Yet & Yet review and you said the exact same thing.
EDIT: Thanks for all the nice bumps.This Message Edited On 04.18.07

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
April 18th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's my lingo for Do Make Say Think responses.

descendents1
June 25th 2007


702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So yeah not much talk about this lately. Must be a hell of a year for music.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
June 25th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is still top five for myself. Along with the Locust and some others.

plane
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2007


6094 Comments


This is #2 for me so far. I doubt it'll change.

YourBiggestFan
August 23rd 2007


22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow. I bought this about a week ago and am in love with it. Great review, also. 'The Universe!' is what hooked me the first listen, but the other songs have really started to grow on me as well.

Doppelganger
September 16th 2007


3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally got this, and I'm glad I did. This is quite similar to The Samuel Jackson Fives' Easily Misunderstood.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
October 21st 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So how about everyone forget about the grand amount of new releases that are pretty good, and refocus towards this brilliant work of art. There is not one average song on here.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
November 2nd 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they put out a pretty cool video, anyone who is curious as to a little taste of their music, I suggest you check this link out: http://www.brightcove.tv/title.jsp?title=1285265479



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