Two Gallants
The Scenery Of Farewell


3.0
good

Review

by magictikkleCwicked USER (2 Reviews)
January 3rd, 2009 | 27 replies | 2,820 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 'I've been gone so long, it seems like home to me.'

Here we have Two Gallants, aptly named as a duo of fresh, noble rock musicians obsessed with the emotional prowess of the hollow-bodied guitar and the pounding rhythms of an accompanying drum set. Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel (guitarist and drummer respectively) are a bluesy, folksy take on traditional American music with the energy of a modern-day rock band. On 'The Scenery of Farewell' Two Gallants forfeits their typical electrically charged fighting sound for a ballad strewn album of woe and reminiscence. In the past we have most definitely seen this side of the boys here and there, but this album is absolutely drenched in voice straining, harmonica inducing emotion.

With apologetic croons of heart-wrenching lyrics 'The Scenery of Farewell' is the ballad of a lost love, something the lyricist felt all throughout their body. The album is brief but it doesn't fail to convey its sorrow. On songs such as 'Linger On' and 'All Your Faithless Loyalites' Adam Stephens appropriately inquires of his own shortcomings in the love department - but don't think this is a calloused song collection in any way. The shortcomings I speak of are simply the shortcomings of love itself, the lyricist may have been the victim of inevitable loss as opposed to typical American heartbreak (don't watch Romantic Comedies, their the mark of the devuhl). 'No I never meant you any harm/
Suffocating shelter of your arms' is a bar from 'Linger On' showcasing the stressed theme of a missing lover in the life of the lyricist.

Instrumentally the band has obviously become far more skilled. You will hear pianos, guitars, drums, harmonicas, and the like. Two Gallants has always been a band of few instruments, but in the end, they skillfully exemplify the lack of necessity of vast orchestration. Humming Western-Style arpeggios, militant drums, screeching vocals, emotional harmonica pieces...all inclusive in this package of heartbreaking perfection.

Why is this album just a 3 out of 5 in the eyes of such an appreciative listener? The band may have been aiming for a singular effort with this one, but it does nothing more than serve its purpose as a thoughtful message to that special Lady (check out that song too). Love songs and rock music? WOAH. New stuff. But lets not get aggressive here, it wouldn't be a fair fight against this angelic, wouldn't-hurt-a-fly mentality I'm getting from 'The Scenery of Farewell' and its melancholy.

'When a sparrow needs its rest, it takes the nearest tree
But if I pass back this way, there's still light on me'


Conclusively, I would recommend this album to any fan of rock, blues, folk and the sort. Two Gallants is promising, they are young, and have a lot of songs ahead of them. I want to sit back and listen.

And all the faithless loyalties that decorate your chest
Will they bring you comfort in the end?
Surely you've seen better,
but for you I did my best
Sometimes nighttime brings you back again
That curse, that western wind
Cause I've known lonesome things you can't come back from
And I knew we'd be strangers in the end



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Zippermouth
January 3rd 2009



1305 Comments


Hey look! The troll does reviews too!

gaslightanthem
January 3rd 2009



5209 Comments


yes and i hate it because i have to resubmit my review for this album holy *******************************************

Zippermouth
January 3rd 2009



1305 Comments


I was actually about to say something along the lines of, Magic, quit copying off Bleak you douche!

gaslightanthem
January 3rd 2009



5209 Comments


whoa! zipper do you want my babies?

Zippermouth
January 3rd 2009



1305 Comments


Not if they look like you.

gaslightanthem
January 3rd 2009



5209 Comments


what but i'm like super hot i know i have a mirror

Zippermouth
January 3rd 2009



1305 Comments


bahahahaha thanks but idk if i can get a gf as ugly as i am




gaslightanthem
January 3rd 2009



5209 Comments


i was joking - i know i'm fucking sexy!!

Zippermouth
January 3rd 2009



1305 Comments


Whatever helps you sleep at night... alone.

magictikkleCwicked
January 3rd 2009



272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sometimes I really do wish the decision making concerning the militarization of space was in my hands.

Zippermouth
January 3rd 2009



1305 Comments


Sometimes I really wish I could use the force to choke my friends. We don't always get what we want.

magictikkleCwicked
January 3rd 2009



272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh thats not that fun, the lightning powers are so much better.

Zippermouth
January 3rd 2009



1305 Comments


However, a similar affect can be achieved by shoving someone into a pool with a toaster tied to their leg.
You can't replicate a force choke.


magictikkleCwicked
January 3rd 2009



272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A noose, the lack of knowledge of the noose, and a Darth Vader outfit.

Zippermouth
January 3rd 2009



1305 Comments


But with the noose on you can't see thier throat turning black! Thats the best part!

gaslightanthem
January 3rd 2009



5209 Comments


what the toll tells is the worst thing this band ever did studio album wiseThis Message Edited On 01.03.09

gaslightanthem
January 3rd 2009



5209 Comments


yeah it's kinda folk punk and i enjoy it but it's still my least favourite thing they've done - when i resubmit my review of it maybe things will be clearer!

magictikkleCwicked
January 3rd 2009



272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If its your least favorite thing they've done that doesn't mean its the worst studio album by them, I really like that one.

gaslightanthem
January 3rd 2009



5209 Comments


erm but my opinion is always right

magictikkleCwicked
January 3rd 2009



272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm just saying I would definitely recommend it to somebody else.



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