1905
Voice


2.5
average

Review

by Nick Greer EMERITUS
June 11th, 2007 | 33 replies | 9,481 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Excepting a few stand out tracks, this album leaves listeners hanging. Really, 1905 is just the bad version of Life at These Speeds.

1905 - Voice

1905 is the poppiest band you'll ever hear who have had the "emo" label slapped onto them other than Grade. They could be confused with a lot of punk or pop punk bands if it weren't for the fact that double-time beats don't really figure in to their formula that often. There is screaming, but it's not the all-out emotional bleating of a true emo band. Some of their songs feature extensive acoustic guitar and singing. And on top of that their lyrics have a sociopolitical focus. Come on. Where's the heartbreak? Aside from being left of center for an "emo" band, are they actually good? Yes and no.

To start, I'll describe their general feel. The instruments generally emulate punk. The music is chord progression-based with a few octave melodies on top of that and riffs only figure into the equation as fills. A cool aspect of the band is that the guitar uses barred chords a lot so at any given point the harmonic language feels a little more complex than typical punk power-chord progressions but the simple, repeating feel is maintained. The bass is cool and its lines are pretty memorable. I like how the bass and drums sync up a lot. The drumming uses toms and the bass drum a lot to create a sort of rumbling feel to the music. With the bass doubling on top of that consistent rumble, there is a strong pulse to most of the songs that adds to the energy of the tracks without requiring typical punk speed, predictable snare hits and all. The vocals are also pretty refreshing. There a male and female vocalist, and it feels like the female voice is the dominant one both in singing and screaming. They also often double the voices, which is a cool effect, complementing the synced bass and drums.

So, 1905 is sorta different. Big whoop. Their overall sound is sort of trapped between punk's speed and emo's emotional power, neither invigorating nor moving the listener more than offerings from either genre could do straight on their own. Sure there are some awesome songs. "Control" is 1905 at their fastest and most exciting. "Quote" is a pretty track with poignant female vocals and a nice acoustic chord progression. The album closer "For Sale" is oddly reminiscent of Boy's Life and other Midwest bands but shoved through a modernized, punk filter. However, there are also fatty duds, including the tracks "Silhouette" and "Conversation," which don't provide anything interesting for the album as a whole and aren't even really that interesting as individual songs. Overall, the album just feels flat despite the stand out tracks. The lame and the awesome cancel each other out.

The end result of this canceling out? Voice is enjoyable but skippable. Pass it up for better albums by similar bands. If you like the DC aspects of the bands' sound listen to Navies or Life at These Speeds. If you like the female vocals check out Circle Takes the Square. If you like the acoustic poppiness just listen to Damien Rice. It's really that easy. You don't need to unceremoniously shove all of those sounds into a blender to enjoy them all.

Recommended Tracks: Control, Quote, For Sale



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Slaapkamers
June 11th 2007



596 Comments


i agree.

Syncratic
June 11th 2007



756 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was going to review this...hmmmm...

Yeah, this album isn't really...good at all.

PaperCities
June 11th 2007



199 Comments


I was going to get this, but eh. Ill just check out Life at These Speeds instead.

IgniteYourAvail
June 11th 2007



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I disagree, I really like this album.

Intransit
June 11th 2007



2797 Comments


hahah, I mentioned last night to ilu that everyone on sputnik thinks this band is really mediocre, and he's like "no Nick likes them".

Anywho, the one song I heard from them didn't impress me enough to ever bother listening to it again. Good concise review.

Tyler
Emeritus
June 11th 2007



7926 Comments


edit: nevermindThis Message Edited On 06.11.07

DFelon204409
Emeritus
June 11th 2007



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I like them alright as a band. It's just this album isn't that great. I dig that they've carved out a somewhat separate niche and have written a few good songs, but other than that, whatever.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2007



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In between a 3 and 3.5 but I enjoy a few of these songs quite a bit. They had a good thing going wish they woulda put out some more shit.

Aficionado
June 11th 2007



1027 Comments


Just by the 1st paragraph I think I'll stay away from this.

Abaddon2005
June 13th 2007



684 Comments


I really dig LatS so I might look into this.

antihippy
June 14th 2007



696 Comments


Just by the 1st paragraph I think I'll stay away from this


the pop or the emo part?

eggsvonsatan
January 23rd 2008



1087 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love this album, while a lot of the acoustic/filler tracks don't work, the raw energy of the rest of the songs still make this album is must for any fan of the indie/hardcore genre.
Also i think your labeling of this band as emo and poppy is criminal.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2008



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The first half of this record is ace and amazing.
The second half not so much.

eggsvonsatan
February 16th 2008



1087 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

also, i'm pretty sure this album came out way before 2006 because i remember buying it at a show of theirs when i was in high school

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2008



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It came out in like 2002.

magictikkleCwicked
December 20th 2008



272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This record is awesome, very accessible for this genre. 'Fall' and 'Can't Change Everything' are such wonderful tracks.This Message Edited On 12.20.08

SeaAnemone
August 23rd 2010



19944 Comments


fuck Nick Greer for not liking this

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East Hastings
August 23rd 2010



4391 Comments


erics ragin




write a review for it

SeaAnemone
August 23rd 2010



19944 Comments


mebbe bebbe.


To be honest I like this much more than a 3.5 too.

SeaAnemone
September 17th 2010



19944 Comments


do it. don't listen to greerasaurus



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