Kidcrash
New Ruins


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex D. USER (8 Reviews)
November 23rd, 2007 | 49 replies | 11,965 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Kidcrash's debut brings excellent twin guitar work and a Robert Smith sound-alike.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

"Cause you're a hit in shopping malls,
You're the *** that makes us all want to quit.
'Cause you're a hit in shopping malls,
You're the *** that makes us all want to quit."

So sings Alex Gaziano in the first track of New Ruins, The Kidcrash's debut full length album.
One can assume he is referring to the myriad of bands copying the former sounds of the underground, spreading a generic sound throughout popular culture.
On the surface, New Ruins sounds like a slightly more creative version of what you might hear in those shopping malls, but dig a little deeper, and you're likely to find an album much more dense and intelligent than anything Gaziano is referring to in Your Valley Is Our Volcano.
Singer and guitarist Gaziano's voice is one of the closest imitators to The Cure's Robert Smith that I may have ever heard.
Full of the heartache and emotion Smith was known for, Gaziano seems like the perfect choice for main vocalist, even if his delivery will never be quite as heart wrenching as Smith's can be.

The only problem with Gaziano's voice, if you can even call it a problem, is that it can distract from the guitars, which are far and away the highlight of New Ruins.
Full of angular counterpoints, arpeggiated riffs and huge, emotive crashes of power chords and smartly spaced jazz chords, the guitars bring a twin attack that yields some of the most amazing two guitar interludes heard since the days of Fripp and Belew.
So as not to shine on the guitars too much, the bassist and drummer are extremely technically skilled as well.
The drum parts are varied and "mathy", never following a simple pattern for too many measures, always managing to stay busy and interesting.
As for the basslines, they add a beautiful underbelly to the wall of guitars, adding a deeper flavor of sound that is almost as melodic and technical as the guitars.

The band as a whole also writes and arranges songs very well, knowing exactly when the perfect moment to launch into a flurry of arpeggios or the precise second to tone things down with quiet guitar interludes that are, ironically in their low level of volume, as bombastic as any of the "heavier" moments on the album.
If New Ruins has any problems, it is that the band sticks fairly close to one tempo, not speeding up much, and while it really isn't necessary, it is what keeps The Kidcrash's debut from reaching classic emo status.

Overall,New Ruins is a well structured, intelligent emo album that just happens to contain some of the best guitar parts heard in a long time.



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Mirror.Circuit
November 23rd 2007



223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's worth buying,but it's probably better to dl it.
Or go see Kidcrash,their drummer will give it to you for nothing.
That's how I got my copy.

botb
November 23rd 2007



9625 Comments


so is this ACTUAL emo? like circle takes the square and sunny day real estate emo?

Mirror.Circuit
November 23rd 2007



223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah.
It's good stuff.
The sound is more like "radio" emo, except wayyy more intricate.
And the lyrics don't suck.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 23rd 2007



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not really.
There's a reason buster gives it out. But it isn't bad.

Mirror.Circuit
November 23rd 2007



223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He told me he gives it out because he thinks it sucks,and he didn't play drums on this album either.
I think it's pretty great.

botb
November 23rd 2007



9625 Comments


I might look into this if this isn't bad mislabeled pop-punk.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 23rd 2007



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It sort of is.
Look into their new record, Jokes.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
November 23rd 2007



4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

4.5, no way.

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Mirror.Circuit
November 23rd 2007



223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jokes is better.
But I still really like this.

Mirror.Circuit
November 24th 2007



223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listened to the album twice,bumped the rating down half a point.
Any comments on the review itself?

JordanS
November 24th 2007



319 Comments


Tracks 1 and 9 are awesome, and track 5 is really good. Other than those, this is forgettable.

astrel
November 24th 2007



2614 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is kinda bland actually.

Mirror.Circuit
November 24th 2007



223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well,I guess just about everyone disagrees with my rating.
But does anything have anything to say about the review?
I think this is a decent review.

Fort23
November 24th 2007



2475 Comments


put these blurbs into paragraphs, then it will be pretty good.
From what I've heard from the albums, it's pretty decent.This Message Edited On 11.24.07

Mirror.Circuit
November 24th 2007



223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Alright,stacked the blurbs together a bit more.


Fort23
November 24th 2007



2475 Comments


Overall,New Ruins is a well structured, intelligent emo album that just happens to contain some of the best guitar parts heard in a long time.


other than that great job.This Message Edited On 11.24.07

Confessed2005
November 24th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jokes is way better but I'm quite partial to this on occasions.

Buster is a damn good drummer, his stuff on Jokes is awesome.

botb
November 24th 2007



9625 Comments


any idea where i can hear a couple of these tracks before buying the album so i don't go out on a wing and buy an album i may hate? :P

Fort23
November 24th 2007



2475 Comments


itunes has some tracks you could sample. Or just download it first; you can go to google blogsearch and probably find it.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
November 24th 2007



3995 Comments


To answer the question from earlier, this is not actual emo.



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