Circa Survive
Juturna


2.5
average

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson EMERITUS
April 15th, 2007 | 389 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Juturna" is a passable attempt at creating a progressive indie album, sometimes achieving greatness, but most often wallowing in self-righteousness that doesn't realize its replicating far greater bands that have preceded it far too closely.

To be quite honest, Tanslating the Name by Saosin really wasn’t that great. It featured a pretty raw band with a pretty raw singer, and despite the promise they both showed, it ended up being a fast, aggressive, poppy mess. When the two heads (the band and the singer) split up, everyone could only fear for the worst from the now Anthony Green-less Saosin, and expected massive things from the Scene King. After years of wait, Anthony Green’s new band Circa Survive released De-Loused in…, er, Juturna, while it took Saosin another year to release their first album, which ended up being self titled. Who ends up winning in the battle of pretentiousness?

Circa Survive certainly did try to take a bit of a higher road. Deciding his voice was too good for pop-punk nonsense, Green formed a strange combination of an indie band who had listened to way too much Mars Volta in their time. The guitars are all effects drenched to give extra atmosphere, often using guitar interplay similar to Fugazi or At the Drive-In. The drummer plays some pretty complex beats most of the time as well, a welcome change of pace from his compliment in the rhythm section, who goes largely unnoticed. Its all cappe off by a tremendous production job, which sees many sections in the album undergo extensive layering processes that does give the album an almost ethereal quality. Think dredg’s El Cielo, except not quite as transcendent.

The album starts off well, with “Holding Someone’s Hair Back” featuring lots of sudden shifts and strange guitar noises and feedback. Green, at first, sounds incredible; he certainly fits this indie-aesthetic hella more than he did Saosin. “Act Appalled” is similarly good, except takes a more aggressive edge, with Green and co. showing off more of a modern post-hardcore bent. Of course, it sounds just like an older Saosin song, but you can’t fault Green for that really.

After those two songs, things quickly start going downhill. “Wish Resign” is boring as ***, and reveals probably the absolute biggest flaw on the album; Anthony Green only has two ways of ***ing singing. He literally goes from soft crooning, to a higher pitched angry tone. That’s all he’s got folks. Sure, some of the effects make it sound like he’s got more range, but in the end he’s either slightly-pissed off or getting ready for a Celine Dion concert. He’s certainly got a unique, catchy, and great voice, but if he can’t learn to make it a bit more varied, he’s going to have to stick to singing one song on The Sound of Animals Fighting albums.

Then, despite the proficiency in general of the musicianship, the band is constantly sounding like a weird cross between The Mars Volta and dredg. Every little neat musical trick the try to pull off has been done by The Mars Volta at least three dozen times (listen to “The Great Golden Baby” and tell me the part at 30 seconds wasn’t used in half of De-Loused in the Comatorium). For every good, unique song they make (In Fear and Faith is a superb tune; although once again “Cicatriz ESP"’s bridge is lifted almost straight), they make another three that end up being subpar. As mentioned earlier, the entire album has a strange inkling of being a homage to El Cielo by dredg. The entire feel of that album has been combined with a bit more outward fierceness that ends up ruining any kind of mood the album tries to set up.

Juturna, taken out of context, is a good album. It has some catchy tunes (weighted heavily towards the beginning), Green has a great voice, and the band do a good job essentially backing him up. However, its really quite repetitive due to the fact there is only so much Green can do with his voice, and what his backup band (sorry, but this really is just a vehicle for a Green solo career) can do to support him. Meanwhile, Saosin ends up capturing a lot of the magic that Translating the Name had, with a singer who while not as unique or as good a songwriter as Green, fits them better. Its undeniably a pop-punk album, but it has hints of post-hardcore and metal that make its excellent guitar work stand out more than anything on Juturna. The verdict? If your looking for the more “out there” album, Juturna is the choice. If your looking for a far superior album, even if it’s a bit bland, take Saosin.

Pick up “Holding Someone’s Hair Back”, “Act Appalled”, and “In Fear and Faith”.

Saosin: 1, Anthony Green: 0



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Comments:Add a Comment 
slep
April 15th 2007


1604 Comments


Good review. I completly agree with the cross between dredg and The Mars Volta. The album is very boring.

GleamInRanks
April 15th 2007


298 Comments


I guess I should check out El Cielo and the rest of De-loused. Very well written

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
April 15th 2007


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah I agree with this review almost entirely.



Gleam, definitely check out El Cielo.

Intransit
April 15th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This album is ridiculously boring and fairly lame all around. Not for nothing, but Anthony Green sounds like a pre-pubescent girl.

mynameischan
Emeritus
April 15th 2007


17958 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. I won't check this out.This Message Edited On 04.15.07

mynameischan
Emeritus
April 15th 2007


17958 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

what



yes i hvae a point

Electric City
Emeritus
April 15th 2007


15756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice, the three songs you recommend are the only ones I keep on my ipod.

The Jungler
April 15th 2007


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like this a bit more than you, apparently but we still have the same favorite tracks.

Good job on the review, good to see you writing again.

Abaddon2005
April 15th 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

(In Fear and Faith is a superb tune; although once gaain “Cicatriz ESP’s bridge is lifted almost straight)
little typo there.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
April 15th 2007


4937 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah those three are the best. I like this album though.

cbmartinez
April 15th 2007


2525 Comments


As soon as I read "wallowing in self-righteousness," I knew I'd dig this review. Great work, though I would have scored it lower.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
April 15th 2007


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Banned.

plane
Emeritus
May 18th 2007


6215 Comments


bupm

you still need to fix this:

To be quite honest, Tanslating the Name by Saosin


Abaddon2005
May 18th 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That one new song they have on their myspace is pretty good.

Pippystix
July 25th 2007


19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dude, you couldnt have been more prejudiced if you tried. Next time you write a review, try reviewing the album, and not the albums that it sounds like.

HighandDriving
February 9th 2008


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't wait for Green's solo album.

BroRape
March 7th 2008


803 Comments


i want to listen to this again. i rated this a long time ago. from what i remember it was pretty good.

BroRape
March 7th 2008


803 Comments


and their singer really doesn't look like he would sing like that.

randydances
May 23rd 2008


12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stop The Fucking Car is by far the best song on this album.

Next to Holding Someones Hair BAck

crunkaholic
July 10th 2008


16 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Amazing how epic it tries to be yet falls entirely with how boring it is. The album seems to be just proggy muzak. For the most part thats how i would describe circa survive



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