Codeine
Frigid Stars


3.0
good

Review

by Chris Jackson USER (177 Reviews)
February 21st, 2008 | 100 replies | 11,770 views


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Depressing music

Listening to Codeine’s “Frigid Stars” is a draining experience. Upon first listen it’s difficult to sit through just because the music is so bleak, gloomy, and absent of any optimism. While other acts tagged as “sadcore” such as Low, Arab Strap, and Red House Painters are more or less led by one songwriter, Codeine have a more rock oriented sound involving every member of the band. Containing ten songs that span just over forty minutes in length, “Frigid Stars” is an album that sucks the listener in and hypnotizes him until the very end. Although Codeine are a bit bland compared to other slowcore acts “Frigid Stars” is a pioneering album that really helped the genre garner some acclaim.

One aspect that really ads onto the nocturnal atmosphere of “Frigid Stars” would be the production. Slow burners such as “Old Things” and “Gravel Bed” sound so powerful due to the ghostly guitar scales and heavy drum hits. Stephen Immerwahr’s bright, almost helpless vocals ad onto the bleak and desolate feel that the music creates. A couple of songs off of “Frigid Stars” even show hints of post-rock; “Pickup Song” and “New Year’s” shift from lazy guitar noodling into dense, spacey rock sessions. Mixing together flawlessly with the depressing music, Immerwahr’s lyrics posses such a haunting and isolated vibe. “Cave In” is a perfect example containing lines such as “Last night I dreamt your face/the skin was falling of/the flesh was turning grey.”

Since “Frigid Stars” has such a lonesome and baron sound it can be a very demanding listen. While the raw production makes the music so depressing, I can also see the production conflicting with other listeners. Codeine have such a deserted, dreary sound making it difficult to listen to “Frigid Stars” in one sitting. Towards the end of the album I start to lose interest just because every song essentially repeats the same formula and production techniques.

On the contrary to what I just stated, “Frigid Stars” is a great listen for those interested in melancholy, isolated albums. When listening to Codeine there isn’t anything that really impresses me musically, yet the album has a fairly powerful feel. In short, “Frigid Stars” may not be as musically invoking as something released by Low, or Red House Painters, but it’s still an excellent listen for anyone interested in the “slowcore” movement.



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pulseczar
February 22nd 2008



2385 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I don't like this album at all. The singer is terrible and the music is bland droning that seems to last hours.

Eliminator
February 22nd 2008



2067 Comments


i agree with pulse.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2008



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Damn you, Zebra. I was going to review this today. Damn you.

Terrible album, bores the crap out of me.

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Neoteric
February 22nd 2008



3243 Comments


Agree with the rating Zeb.

LaidToRest329
February 27th 2008



158 Comments


[quote=review]baron sound[/quote]

Barren?

anyways, great review, never listened to anything in the genre.

samarahah
July 22nd 2009



9 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no this album is good

"second chance" is fucking great.

pixiesfanyo
September 15th 2009



1222 Comments


wow. stupidest comments ever. this album is brilliant along with the rest of their material.

devsol
September 15th 2009



347 Comments


ya codeine are great

TricksterGRex
December 26th 2009



2087 Comments


this rules wtf

Glomp
December 30th 2009



81 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I sat around waiting for the first song to end and as it turns out I had listened to like half of the album.

rasputin
January 27th 2010



14516 Comments


codeine fucking rule so get it

bab808
July 19th 2011



456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea this is fucking good. does everyone here have ADD or are you just plain deaf?

Goatlord
August 25th 2011



405 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I guess if it doesn't sound like converge, then people don't like it. Idiots.

Spec
August 25th 2011



27057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Look forward to hearing this.

fuckthatnoise
November 9th 2011



1479 Comments


http://exclaim.ca/News/codeine_reunite_announce_extensive_reissue_series_for_numero_group

fucking great news.

Spec
December 27th 2011



27057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review White birch. It's better.

Spec
May 4th 2012



27057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wait. That's another album I think riff likes!

Spec
May 4th 2012



27057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Get The White Birch

Spec
May 4th 2012



27057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And take lots of codeine and listen to codeine.

trix4dix
May 18th 2012



343 Comments


" Although Codeine are a bit bland compared to other slowcore acts"

gayest review ever



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