Curl Up and Die
The One of Above All, The End of All


4.5
superb

Review

by withALMONDS USER (12 Reviews)
May 20th, 2009 | 26 replies | 7,708 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'm Trying to Fly to the Moon Using Two Magnets and Willpower is a great song title.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Curl Up And Die had been slowly working their way up my last.fm recommendations for awhile now, finding the name to be incredibly bland and boring, I ignored them. This continued until they managed to inch their way up into my top 10, when I finally decided to check them out. The One Above All, The End Of All That Is is definitely an album that needs to be taken in all at once. The few tracks from this release that were posted on their myspace sounded incredibly boring upon the first few listens, and when out of context of the rest of the release, the same could be said about any track here.

The first song on the album, An Uncomfortable Routine starts off with some heavily distorted and almost haunting work by Matt Fuchs (guitar), Ryan Hartery (bass), and Jesse Fitts (drums). This keeps up for nearly a minute, when Mike Minnick adds his vocals in and brings the emotions already present in the song up a few notches. The track slows down into a near ballad like structure for a brief moment, only to be quickly followed by a speedy buildup, and a breakdown. Antidepressants Are Depressing immediately follows with hectic instrument work from everyone in the group, with Minnick only having enough time to blurt out a few lines before everything ends. This track isn't incredible by any stretch of the imagination, but following the somewhat slow and anxious buildup of An Uncomfortable Routine, it sounds much better than it would on its own. The title track of the release, which you would probably expect to be some memorable track, doesn't actually do anything other than act as a transition for the next song. Maybe the artists were being lazy, or maybe they just didn't want you to be thrown into the next track immediately after a ride as intense as Ultra Carb Diet Carpooling Stupid ***ing Life, who knows? Instrumental, just reading the name makes you think you're in for an unimpressive and out of place ballad void of any lyrics, put in just so the album could become more accessible. You'd think that but you'd be dead wrong. Moving back to the speed of the first track, Instrumental kicks things off with some very catchy work by everyone in the group, Jesse Fitts particularly stands out by laying out some very groovy and melodic beats. This track also showcases the signature poem-like lyric style of Curl Up and Die better than anything on the release so far:

"She kisses like cough syrup when I have a cold.
But we're not in love, we're just alone.
Like a drug company's overdose.
Trying to replace our heads with holes.

We're missing days and spending weeks.
Only passing through looking for company.
And semen released is a rotting stomach.
Like a body drained of blood.
My flaw. Our failure."

Some of this is brought out in Minnick's same emotional, yet somewhat monotone scream, while others are spoken and accompanied by dramatically softer music. Black Out takes this even farther with Fuchs using the first few seconds put forward a very slow and melodic solo, Fitts and Hartery steadily join in and continue with the same few beats and chords for a few seconds before Minnick joins in with the phrase "These thoughts can't be mine / But they're the only thoughts I have." The intensity takes a huge boost at this point while still maintaining the same mood. The track is made all the more impressive simply by the buildup of the previous songs. There's no doubt that the mood would still be there if you listened to this track on its own, but it wouldn't be nearly as impressive. In direct contrast to the buildup and slowdown of the S/T, Black Out stretch, There Ain't No Can't In American. throws us back into the somewhat math and grind inspired hardcore sound of the first stretch of the album. Things build up in intensity, but start to slow down again. A fairly smart choice considering that continuing with that sound would really take away from the entire album. I'm Trying to Fly to the Moon Using Two Magnets and Willpower continues by mixing almost post-hardcore and post-rock sounds, while Blood Mosh Hips Hair Lips Pills *** Death continues with this sound, and closes out the album leaving you thoroughly impressed.

This album is definitely a hit or miss album. You might need to give it a chance to grow on you, or you might immediately throw it out. Whatever you decide to do with it, I'd still recommend you check it out.



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withALMONDS
May 20th 2009



214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i was stuck between a 4 and a 4.5 for awhile, might end up changing it to a 4 after awhile though

really tired when i wrote this too so i'm betting there's problems all over it, so i'm going to get some sleep and then come back and fix whatever you guys find


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Waior
May 20th 2009



11425 Comments


Blood Mosh Hips Hair Lips Pills Fuck Death.

Wowza.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2009



17197 Comments


great band

xequalscore
May 20th 2009



437 Comments


Thanks for reviewing this. This band fucking rules hard. I can't find this anywhere though.

xNintendoCorex
May 20th 2009



1272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this band totally deserves more love.
Unfortunately We're Not Robots is flat out amazing.
this is great too

withALMONDS
May 20th 2009



214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haven't been able to find a copy of Unfortunately(physical, or a download higher than 198kbs) anywhere, been hearing that it's better from everyone though

Tyler
Emeritus
May 21st 2009



7928 Comments


They're about the same. Love this band, and to their credit they were doing the ridiculous song title thing before it became trendy and they were better at it than most.

Zippermouth
May 21st 2009



1305 Comments


Those are some sick song titles my personal favorite- Ultra Carb Diet carpooling stupid fucking life


gaslightanthem
May 21st 2009



5209 Comments


band rules!!1

Spare
May 21st 2009



5252 Comments


this looks like i'd like it.

Digging: Radiator Hospital - Torch Song

SKUDstorm
May 21st 2009



136 Comments


dr. doom, a man of science, doesn't believe in jesus, why the fuck do you

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2009



17197 Comments



dr. doom, a man of science, doesn't believe in jesus, why the fuck do you

favorite song title ever.

KYZAR
May 21st 2009



513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cool. Now for some new-text type see if you can figure it out (Yes it's stupid)
hell osputniker sho war eyo udoin g?

sorry for wasting your time

withALMONDS
May 21st 2009



214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hello sputnikers how are you doing

stupid and easy

it's a twofer!

KYZAR
May 22nd 2009



513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^ gosh darn.

O well i got this album and it is sextacular, a bit.

accompliceofmydeath
September 10th 2010



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Unfortunately We're Not Robots is better, but this is still great stuff.

ffs
November 20th 2010



4819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YOU

WONT

DESTROY

ME

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 20th 2012



49791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best album cover ever

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HSThomas
October 20th 2012



668 Comments


Blood Mosh Hips Hair Lips Pills Fuck Death

Summary of KILL's life.

sixdegrees
October 20th 2012



16802 Comments


this is pretty sweet.

Digging: Ted Nugent - Shutup&jam!



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