Finch (US)
What It is to Burn


3.0
good

Review

by Ryan Flatley EMERITUS
June 27th, 2007 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Finch received a heap of attention with their debut release What It Is To Burn. Not too much longer, at venues and high schools, their merchandise had caught like wildfire and it was practically everywhere. What turned my cheek into finally submitting to the hype is still a bit of a mystery, but I gave in. The contents inside though, were great at first listen. It was a catchy pop-punk album, but at the same time, had that post hardcore sound that made it a little unique. It did not take much longer to find out that was a load of crap answer.

At times, I feel it is almost an identity crisis with Finch. It seems throughout the album they are switching styles, between accessible to girls who could careless about their potential talent and what they want to be at heart with displaying a glimpse of their talent. A perfect example would the first two tracks, “New Beginnings” and “Letters to You.” The lyrics are cute and appetizing, but instrumentally it is simply dull. The riffs are boring and the drumming provides little room for a thrill of a good time. A chorus ringing the tune of ‘I want you to know that, I miss you, I miss you so’ that it is just the perfect little sing-a-long tune for teenage girls. On the contrary, “Grey Matter” and “Project Mayhem” are songs that rather aspire to what Finch want out of their musical careers. The songs are energetic and provide a different, more post-hardcore atmosphere. Yes, Daryl Palumbo guest sings in both tracks, but there is just so much more energy in both tracks, while maintaining their composer from previous songs. The guitar riffs are actually constructed well, while nothing too technically insane. “Project Mayhem” even lives up to its name with just an overall aggressive song, with some varied drumming and lively guitar work.

Unfortunately, the album does not maintain the liveliness. “Three Simple Words,” “Post Script,” and “Awake” are a little too generic for my liking. They all have their moments of assertiveness, but the songs are weak in keeping the album exciting. Even so, they still make songs that make them who they are, without sounding like what could be a GlassJAw song. “Untitled” and “Ender” are both songs that are attention grabbers. “Untitled” had the post-hardcore edge while “Ender” is an emotional and fitting end to the album. The riffs are explosive at times with powerful drumming during “Untitled” and the vocals are great without being too cheesy. “Ender” is nothing like that at first with its somber introduction that is beautiful in its own regard. A calm song that slowly builds and builds until it erupts shortly after the three minute mark and continues to evolve with piano chiming in and adding a layer to the music played.

Finch’s What It Is To Burn turned out to be a bit of a disappointment, after all, it is hard to live up to such hype. There are times when the album shines but after a while, it is just all so contrived. Even so, most debuts tend to be what a band builds off and they completely revamped their sound for their next album, which turned out to be their last. It is unfortunate that as quickly as they found out their sound, and how they wanted to be, they broke up. This album will probably maintain its flavor for many for years to come, and it will come up in mixes and people will say ‘hey I remember this song!’ However, it is just an average record trying too hard for an unknown identity.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 28th 2007


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The title track is pretty awesome but everything else is pretty average.

Nice.

slep
June 28th 2007


1604 Comments


I haven't listened to this in like 3 years. I need to go find it, but I'm not really sure if I would still like it. Good review.

thunderzstruck
June 28th 2007


148 Comments


for my first ever gig i played the song "Ender" in front of my schoolThis Message Edited On 06.27.07

The Sludge
June 28th 2007


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I used to sing along with this back in the day. I still enjoy most of it.

And the acoustic verson of Letters To You is one of the better punk acoustic tracks I've heard, it's worth a listen if anyone gets a chance. Nice review.

cbmartinez
June 28th 2007


2525 Comments


Yeah, this was a really fun album back in like 8th grade. And I still throw it on from time to time cause it's got some really catchy stuff. "Stay With Me," "Post-Script," "Perfection Through Silence." But Say Hello To Sunshine really blew this away. That is a fantastic album.

StrizzMatik
August 31st 2007


3188 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Great review. Say Hello To Sunshine blows this away though.

MacWeener
May 21st 2009


288 Comments


The only thing worth listening to is Letters To You in acoustic, just wonderful

rotterdog
July 25th 2009


488 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just dusted this one off. Wasn't nearly as good as I remembered.

KritikalMotion
July 25th 2009


2261 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

awful compared too sunshine

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Kashmir09
October 2nd 2009


772 Comments


Grey Matter and Project Mayhem rule. Without You Here and Untitled are pretty sweet as well.

Acanthus
September 22nd 2010


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is one I can listen all the way through, providing you skip the silent minutes on "Ender"

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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
December 26th 2011


9034 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Only listen to the title track

bungy
February 9th 2012


8843 Comments


Title track is really good yeah. Haven't heard the rest

BigHans
February 20th 2012


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

BUT DID YOU WANT TO LISTEN

Acanthus
February 20th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SHE BBBBBBBBUUUUUUUURRRRRRRNNNNNNNSSSSSSSS!

thumbcrusher
February 20th 2012


3592 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this has its moments but their next one is so much better

BigHans
February 20th 2012


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

New Beginnings owns hard

Acanthus
February 20th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All their others sucked compared to this for me.

thumbcrusher
February 20th 2012


3592 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i haven't heard any of the EPs but Say Hello To Sunshine i think owns this

Acanthus
February 20th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I liked the self-titled EP more than that, but none of the other albums have any memories attached to them and this one does.



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