Stolen Babies
There Be Squabbles Ahead


4.5
superb

Review

by radianteclipse USER (26 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2007 | 51 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Grandoise cabaret/metal with industrial and punk influences that undoubtedly breaks down many genre boundaries.

Upon discovering this band "Stolen Babies", I didn't quite know what to think. And as I tried to pinpoint exactly what it was that was pulsatiing through my eardrums, I really began to find myself at a loss for words. Most of the musical gurus label this band as metal, and yet that is such a vague categorization of such a confusing yet rewarding band. With elements of ska, punk, industrial, cabaret, and just about any other genre you feel like throwing in there...it becomes very evident that this band's music makes for a unique journey.

In fact, upon looking at them, you might be mistaken that you are in fact looking at a circus. Either that, or the Dresden Dolls added a few more members. Dressed from head to toe like mimes...and at times in other strange accessories. And there stands the beautiful lead vocalist, her name slipping from my mind at the moment, accordian in hand. What is this freak show they are trying to present?

Well, There Be Squabbles Ahead is one masterfully written album. Each and every song is crafted to near perfection, and manages to be unique and yet incredibly catchy at the same time. And even at times, heavy in nature. It's an undeniably catchy pop album wrapped in a fascinating metal/cabaret package, making it both aggressive and easy on the ears. It's Sleepytime Gorilla Museum collaborating with The Dresden Dolls to make an incredibly strange musical concoction. That's one way to describe it. In many ways, it's rather hard to describe it in words alone, you just have to listen for yourself.

The first song, Spill starts with the ringing of bells and some swelling feedback...and then it kicks in with an organ and cymbol crushes, eventually building to some fast drums and guitar and the snarling vocals of the beautiful female frontwoman. It's probably the heaviest track on the album, as very little clean vocals are present, just straight fast paced heaviness.

But a pale indication of the album that song is. It gives a hint of what is to come, but nothing more. "Awful Fall" changes the pace for a heavily bass driven, industrial track, with the first real taste of the beautiful voice of the frontwoman singing cleanly, and yet it's contrasted well with periodic deafening screams. It definately demonstrates her rather large range.

"Filstata" sounds like a circus with accordian and a very catchy bassline relevant. It leads to a very melodic passage with chugging guitars and beautiful vocals. It's probably one of the stronger tracks on the album, demonstrating just what the band is capable of. It even includes a fast picked guitar breakdown with accordian and organ in full force on top of it all. A truly wonderful track.

In fact, each and every track on this album demonstrates something new and interesting, making it very interesting to listen to for the first time. It keeps the listener on the edge of the seat, as you never really know what to expect. The instrument selection and integration into the music is intriguing. They have even wrote some near classics, demonstrated by "filstata", and "So Close" is a perfectly implemented techno/industrial track with computerized drum beats and an unbelievably catchy guitar line and chorus. The most straightfoward song on here is the single fromt he album "Push Button", and even so it's extremely atmospheric and stunningly beautiful.

If I am failing to fully give you a grasp to the general sound of this album, I am sorry...but it's certainly hard to describe such an interesting release. The closest bands you will find to this fall into the "avant garde" genre of metal. It's a more contained version of Unexpect, with some resembling that of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, however not quite as far out there as those bands. It's definately a bit poppier than those bands, but experimental in it's own right, and they have certainly created a unique sound all of their own, one that I can see them growing with and someday building quite a big fan base with. It has so much to please so many fans of so many different genres.

This is something special, and although they aren't playing sold out arenas across the globe, it doesn't make their sound any less grandoise or epic.



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Tyler
Emeritus
August 3rd 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Solid review but I thought this album was ridiculously tacky.

Aficionado
August 3rd 2007


1027 Comments


Okay review, try putting more detail and try not rambling on about how diverse they are all the time. Try your best to add in some more ideas about their music and what makes it so great.

radianteclipse
August 3rd 2007


397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I haven't been reviewing much lately, so its probably a bit rusty. I apoligize. I might have to add a little more to it later on.

Tyler
Emeritus
August 3rd 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I thought it was fine.

lanchege
August 3rd 2007


64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. I used to listen to this, but I just lost interest in it.

Cravinov13
August 3rd 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Finally someone reviewed this. This kicks Unexpect out of the water.

darthlaw
August 4th 2007


12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really couldn't get into this. Its really inconsistent at points, but there is defiantly some good stuff to be found among the clutter.

Oh and good review. :DThis Message Edited On 08.04.07

Shattered_Future
August 4th 2007


1541 Comments


[QUOTE=Cravinov13]This kicks Unexpect out of the water.[/QUOTE]
Hah hah hah...no.

Band bores me. There's tons of other bands who do what they tried to do much better.

Cravinov13
August 4th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

You're one to talk about boring. You have a shit Elend album as your avatar. Now THAT'S boring.

Shattered_Future
August 4th 2007


1541 Comments


Man, Elend is better than Stolen Babies will ever be even if they write music for the next 30 years.

Cravinov13
August 4th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

If Elend keep going in the shit direction they're going now they won't be. Les Tenebres du Dehors is where it's at.

Shattered_Future
August 4th 2007


1541 Comments


Eh, I like the new one quite a bit. It's deliciously terrifying.

Tyler
Emeritus
August 4th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is just as much of a novelty as Unexpect but it's not nearly as well executed. Total waste of Gil Sharone's talent too.This Message Edited On 08.04.07

Pebster49
August 4th 2007


2993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

these guys are good, but not as good as Unexpect...just not chaotic enough, not overwhelmingly progressive or new.

Cravinov13
August 4th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

My problem with Unexpect is that they don't give any of their songs time to breathe. Their structure is pretty sloppy at times. I like this more because it hooks better though I don't remember why I gave it a 4.5

DanD
August 5th 2007


86 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I first listened to this and UneXpect's Flesh Aquarium at roughly the same time, and I must say, I found this to be much more entertaining. I don't listen to the album much, but I do often find myself singing a hook or a riff days after I've even thought about these guys... thats got to account for something.

Cravinov13
August 5th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^^ Thank you!

BallsToTheWall
August 8th 2007


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Im starting to get into this band. Not bad.

Otisbum
August 8th 2007


1912 Comments


I'll look into them a bit more.

Brain Dead
August 8th 2007


1150 Comments


The album title and the band name are both lolly.



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