Jesu
Why Are We Not Perfect?


2.0
poor

Review

by SnackaryBinx USER (31 Reviews)
November 3rd, 2008 | 59 replies | 5,796 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jesu try to bore you into submission in 29 minutes.

1 of 5 thought this review was well written

I sit in my Calculus class as my teacher starts to pass out midterms. When I receive mine, I look at the first problem and mumble, "shit, I forget how to do linerization." Being a person who has always connected the dots with the help of music, I decide to discreetly pull out my iPod and fit one earbud into my ear for the sake of jumping my memory. Scrolling through the list of available options, the band Jesu becomes highlighted. "Sure, why not?" I thought as I put on their latest EP, "Why Are We Not Perfect?" The ambience immediately fills my ears, and alas, I remember how to do linearization, L(x)=f(a)+f'(a)(x-a)! With the music already jogging my memory, I decide to leave Jesu on. Things that I could not remember suddenly came to light. Newton's Method? Check. Mean Value Theorem? Check. But one thing became abundantly clear as time passed on, this EP is very tedious, repetitive and boring.

This highlight's my main problem with "Why Are We Not Perfect?", it drags out far too long for it's own good. Instead of the rhythm being slightly interesting, the same line loops throughout the whole song, for a good 6 minutes. It wouldn't be so bad if only one track was like this, but no, it's every track. Every track starts with a 30 second to 1 minute build up of a basic line, and then for the next 5 minutes or so, it repeats that line that was built up. Throughout the songs various noises are added to try and bring life to these songs, but they just end up getting caught in the infinite loop, and become just as repetitive. The vocals in Jesu can be compared to the vocals of Sigur Ros in that the vocals only add another layer to music, instead of acting as separate entity. It usually adds a hint of beauty to the songs, but even in the long run, the vocals just get muddled in with everything else, even they become repetitive. It seems like Jesu was going for an ethereal sort of feeling with their songs, but got too caught up in trying to create this type of sound, that they forgot to add more to their songs.

The third and fourth tracks go by, still the same problem. "These songs would be much better if they weren't so long. If they could've just shortened the song length by 2 minutes, and maybe just added a few more songs for the time space they lost, this EP wouldn't drag out as much as it seems ." Track 5 comes on and with my iPod in my pocket. I didn't know the name of the current song quietly buzzing in my ears, just that it sounded familiar to something that was on not too long ago. I pull my iPod out of my pocket, and see that it's an alternate version of the title track. They basically took the track "Why Are We Not Perfect?" and decided to make it even more boring and uninteresting. Yet again, it's nothing special, with the same build up and then just add a few layers onto that formula.

It's truly a shame too. The first track seemed so interesting and in a sense, lively, but the EP just flew downhill so quickly. The songs don't seem to have much variation between each other, and in that, the songs themselves tend to be too long for their own good. And in the grand scheme of things, what good is an ep, or an album, if it doesn't even try to vary from itself, in sense, the artist(s) don't even vary their own music before trying to vary their music from everyone else.



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SnackaryBinx
November 3rd 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

first negative review.
boring.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2008



17119 Comments


in before mcp negs

Instead of they rhythm being slightly interesting

fix that.This Message Edited On 11.03.08

Digging: Sad Lovers and Giants - Feeding the Flame

Anodyne
November 3rd 2008



85 Comments


broadrick sucks at everything

Essence
November 3rd 2008



3559 Comments


lol I just learned all of that calc material on my last test. Incidentally, I dropped the class just this past weekend because the teacher sucked so hard.This Message Edited On 11.03.08

DFelon204409
Emeritus
November 3rd 2008



3995 Comments


While I agree with you on Jesu's lameness, I think your review could work a little more on looking at the music formally. It seems like you enjoy writing this review more than you enjoy writing about the music. It's too cute for its own good.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2008



17119 Comments


Silver was ok but he hasnt done anything remotely interesting since.

SnackaryBinx
November 3rd 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

thanks for the catch red and thanks for the info nick.

I wrote this after I finished my physics midterm today. And to be honest, the album is so boring I really can't say much about the music. It drags.

fireaboveicebelow
November 3rd 2008



6837 Comments


silver was ok yeah, but aside from that and the split with Battle Of Mice, nothing interests me

beans
November 3rd 2008



2332 Comments


"shit, I forget how to do linerization


you forgot the other quotation mark

SnackaryBinx
November 3rd 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

thanks for the catch. I'll try and add more to this if something comes up.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
November 3rd 2008



3995 Comments


Ya Snackary, one thing I've noticed about writing neg reviews for albums is that it's important to really know why you don't like the music. I find that most 2.5 reviews I write are lame, but most 2 reviews I write are good. That's the difference between indifference and actually disliking for me.

SnackaryBinx
November 3rd 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Well I could tell that I do generally dislike this a lot except for track 1. I just don't know what to say about tracks 2-5. They follow the same forumla of beating you over the head with a stick of lunesta

Spamue1G
November 3rd 2008



1292 Comments


Good review, though you could talk a bit about the instrumentation (assuming there is any... there may not be, if this really is how this review describes it completely). I always find that music helps me work as well, I just wish that teachers would agree with me.

McP3000
November 3rd 2008



3941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Negged

plane
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2008



6073 Comments


The first paragraph is fine but the allusions to you actually listening to your iPod is clunky and the whole review just reads like an awkward mesh of stuffy one-line summaries and cute jokes. Pad out your descriptions so it doesn't feel like you're trying so hard to condense a good few sentences into one with various descriptions for "repetitive."

iarescientists
November 3rd 2008



5863 Comments


rading this reaview is like listenign to this album

NortherlyNanook
November 3rd 2008



1285 Comments


not a 2.

"linearization"

McP3000
November 3rd 2008



3941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

after reading the review i cant help but seriously neg this

the review is bad, and you completely miss the point of shoegaze/drone music

iarescientists
November 3rd 2008



5863 Comments


what's the point of shoegaze/drone music if you're so beautiful

McP3000
November 3rd 2008



3941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if im so beautiful...what?



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