Reuben
In Nothing We Trust


4.0
excellent

Review

by Theo H. USER (18 Reviews)
September 29th, 2007 | 17 replies | 5,243 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

In the Bible, the Book of Genesis to be precise, there was a guy called Reuben. He was only separated from Abraham, the father of the Jewish race, by a couple of generations. Out of all his brothers, it seemed that he was the most altruistic out of all of them. He was the one who convinced his brothers not to kill Joseph (of Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat fame). A pretty decent thing to do for someone. He was also the one who tried hardest to rescue Joseph after he had been taken into slavery.

It seems that the band Reuben is following their namesake’s example, though on a much larger scale. Britain’s in a bit of a sorry state at the moment. While the news is covering it up, there have been 12 murders only in the last couple of months, mostly revolving around kids with guns. The worst example was when some children, some of whom were under 10 years old, stoned a man to death while in the park. Of course, Jamie Lenman’s noticed this. And you can tell that he’s angry about it.

You only need to listen to We’re All Going Home In An Ambulance to hear this for yourself. Starting off slowly, then building up gradually, the only possible impression is one of fury, not least with the copious amounts of screaming that Jamie does. Unsurprisingly the song contains some really darkened riffs coupled with pounding drums and brooding bass. The typically English gang vocals were a pretty nice touch too, repeating ‘You’re going home in a fucking ambulance!’ in much the same style that people would chant at a football game (or “Soccer” to you crazy Americans). While it’s short, it’s all you need to extract the meaning on the first listen.

While the rest of this album doesn’t follow in this vein, it’s still contemptuous for most of the time. It’s refreshing that the band knows how to cool down after a while such as on the single, Deadly Lethal Ninja Assassin. If the title’s not enough to let you know that this is laid back, then you need to find out what a deadly lethal ninja assassin is. Out of all of them, this song would be the best choice for a single. It’s catchy as hell and the lyrics don’t mean anything at all. Perfect for the masses. And when I say the lyrics don’t mean anything, I speak truth:

Jimmy got drunk, on his way to class,
swinging from the roof,
showed everyone his ass,
and if you ask him "why" he shakes his head and laughs, there was nothing for re-ea-al.


Those lyrics and fuzzy bass lines equals a winning formula.

As a unit, these guys are tight. The hooks are distinctive, the drums are hit with a good level of vigour and the bass makes for a good ledge for each song to jump from. While these guys aren’t going to be breaking any technical barriers and becoming the next Rush, for a three-piece band, they do everything well. Jamie even breaks out the keyboard on Crushed Under The Weight Of The Enormous Bullshit and Agony/Agatha, and he does a pretty good job on it too.

The only thing holding this album back is the quality of their other work. This album’s less focused on one genre and suffers because of it. But only slightly. A band should always be commended for mixing up their sound and Reuben is no different. Jamie confessed this himself before the release with this quote, ‘[this album is] heavier and longer but also poppier and shorter’, and this is true. It is a much easier listen than Very Fast, Very Dangerous on the first time round but ultimately, that album is just more steady on it’s feet. The only option this leaves for the band is to get better, and they’re well up to the task.

These guys are on the threshold, the door is open, all they need is that one little push to leap through. You want a contemporary rock done right? Forget the Foo Fighters, you need these guys.

4/5

When I heard Worship & Tribute,
I thought my dreams come true,
but listening to most other bands,
it seems they all did to.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Monticello
September 29th 2007



805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not really happy with the intro, but it'll have to do for now. Of course, any constructive criticism is welcome, seeing as it's been a while since my last one.

craigy2
September 29th 2007



551 Comments


i thought the intro was really good, was creative and was a god analagy. Good review overall as well! I was planning to do this review once I get the album, but you beat me to it. Damn you, but nice one!

Monticello
September 29th 2007



805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey thanks man, I appreciate that. You should still do your review though, more people need to hear of these guys.

DWittisarockstar
September 29th 2007



1501 Comments


Great review. You actually made this sound interesting.

chris1
September 29th 2007



7 Comments


I got this album on a whim, due to its album of the month in Rock-Sound magazine. Good album, I didn't know what yto expect really when I got it, but i tell you what its a hell of a lot heavier than i imagined. Really good mixture of aggressive and soft, fast and slow. A great british band.

Neoteric
September 29th 2007



3243 Comments


Haha, I remember when they did that Scared of the Police song.

It felt like such a long time ago.

Monticello
September 29th 2007



805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can barely remember that tbqh.

Neoteric
September 30th 2007



3243 Comments


http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv7ukUgLLvM

The first song they released, when I was a mini Neoteric.

spoon_of_grimbo
September 30th 2007



2240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

didn't realise this had been reviewed yet, i was thinking of having a go myself! nice review though, i agree with the rating, and i liked the intro. i don't think you focused quite enough on how much they've grown as musicians though. suffocation of the soul is pulled off way better than any of their previous "long" songs, and doing a slow-burner like "cities on fire" isn't something they'd have even tried before, let alone used it as the opening track!

still, this is pretty spot on, i'l pos vote!

spoon_of_grimbo
September 30th 2007



2240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh, and i definitely agree about the foo fighters comment, i heard a similar sentiment mentioned in a review around the time they released "let's stop hanging out" and i've agreed ever since.

Confessed2005
October 2nd 2007



3314 Comments


Reuben are awesome. I only have Racecar is Racecar Backwards but it's a damn fine album.

duckies
October 3rd 2007



143 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review "(or “Soccer” to you crazy Americans)." I lol'd :D

I think this may be their best album yet. As SpoonOfGrimbo said they've grown a lot as musicians and this album shows it.

Monticello
October 3rd 2007



805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Always good to know im making people lol .

duckies
November 18th 2007



143 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've had to up my rating to a 5. I've to listened to this album over 30 times now and it just gets better with every listen.

Crowe
June 25th 2011



435 Comments


This is incredible


mitch91
July 30th 2011



409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think its a bit unfair that this has a lower rating than the other two albums, its clearly their best. Although all are excellent.

Digging: Bry Webb - Free Will

ButteryBiscuitBass
July 8th 2014



9777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Stlll a bollock crusher



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