Tiny Vipers
Life on Earth


4.5
superb

Review

by Cam EMERITUS
June 24th, 2009 | 49 replies | 66,852 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Life on Earth is a genuine work that shows great promise for its creator.

Jesy Fortino isn’t the type that likes to be rushed. Her bare, minimalist compositions are lengthy and drawn-out, every inch of emotion squeezed out from them until completely dried. Life on Earth is thus not one for the impatient: a commitment to the album’s sixty-odd minutes has to be made to gain any real emotional connection with it, or Life on Earth will just breeze by, unnoticed.

This isn’t because Life on Earth is unremarkable; instead, it’s just depressingly bare. The album’s basic sound is stark and desolate, finding Fortino alone with her acoustic and a laundry list of haunting, slow-burning melodies. Her husky, dramatic vocals are anything but light, and her timbre mixed with her sad, often yearning lyrics give Life on Earth a darker feel, and help accent the album’s melancholic disposition.

There’s rarely a song here that isn’t beautiful: Fortino’s sense for gorgeous melodies, both instrumentally and vocally, simply shines throughout. Of the bunch, the four-minute “Dreamer” is the most obvious example of this talent, beginning with Fortino letting a repeating guitar figure loom over her rising and lowering vocals. A perfect balance of the two is struck until the ending, where Fortino’s vocals reach a fever point, belting out with unforeseen passion, rising all-of-the-sudden and catching the listener surprised and, after a couple dozen listens, astonished.

It seems ludicrous to be surprised at something on Life on Earth---after three tracks, you should be aware that there’s a pretty straightforward sound here---but Fortino thankfully doesn’t let Life on Earth meander into a bland nothingness. “Twilight Property” and “Young God” break the mold, allowing some variation through a variety of instruments and vocal effects. The latter is the most impressive, as softly droning guitars and keyboards leave Fortino’s voice as the sole provider of any sort of melody, which she conveniently does away with here. Her haunting wails will go straight to the spine.

Life on Earth’s cover depicts what appears to be mid-afternoon on a cloudy day, which is a rather inopportune time to listen to this. Instead, Life on Earth seems primed for the shadow of night---something this somber would be uncomfortable to play anytime else. Yet, while Life on Earth is indeed somber, it’s also hopeful, in that it gives the listener solace, in that it gives the listener something to embrace within their own loneliness. Life on Earth isn’t easy to come to terms with, but the effort will pay off handsomely.



Recent reviews by this author
Beach Fossils Clash the TruthBuke and Gase General Dome
Beach House BloomSun Kil Moon Among the Leaves
ASAP Rocky Live.Love.A$AP.Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm with You
user ratings (34)
Chart.
3.7
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
joshuatree
Emeritus
June 24th 2009



3743 Comments


doesn't come out for awhile but i wanted to get this one out of the way

rasputin
June 24th 2009



14516 Comments


is this like grouper?

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2009



17195 Comments


I liked Hands Across the Void. I shall be getting this asap.

gaslightanthem
June 24th 2009



5209 Comments


*is this like group sex lol


i may may may look into this

joshuatree
Emeritus
June 24th 2009



3743 Comments


"is this like grouper?"

yes and no. there's no shoegaze influences here at all, but it strikes the same kind of mood as dragging a dead deer up a hill, just without all the distortion. it's most comparable to cat power's early albums, if you had to compare this to something.

you might dig it, but idk really

Tits McGee
June 24th 2009



1876 Comments


smooth review. i'll see about looking into this.

CompanionCube
June 24th 2009



977 Comments


so like a female The Doctor Came at Dawn?
sounds great

rasputin
June 25th 2009



14516 Comments



"is this like grouper?"

yes and no. there's no shoegaze influences here at all, but it strikes the same kind of mood as dragging a dead deer up a hill, just without all the distortion. it's most comparable to cat power's early albums, if you had to compare this to something.

you might dig it, but idk really

good enough for me, will get

AggravatedYeti
June 25th 2009



7684 Comments


^ ditto.
you bump this up from a 4?

BallsToTheWall
June 25th 2009



44164 Comments


Sounds like my kind of digs. Ace review, will look into this.

rasputin
June 26th 2009



14516 Comments


loving this, nice one cam

rasputin
June 26th 2009



14516 Comments


okay i just had sex to this, rulez

gaslightanthem
June 26th 2009



5209 Comments


did u rly

gaslightanthem
June 26th 2009



5209 Comments


or were u circle jerking with kasun and davey boy over me

masterofcum
June 26th 2009



428 Comments


"okay i just had sex to this, rulez"


Tiny Vipers more like Titties Vagina amirite

rasputin
June 26th 2009



14516 Comments


i speak naught but the truth

Tiny Vipers more like Titties Vagina amirite

i don't think i could've summed up this particular experience in a better phrase

masterofcum
June 26th 2009



428 Comments


skeet skeet skeet

alachlahol
June 30th 2009



7471 Comments


doesn't sound like an album that would be good for a one night stand.

masterofcum
June 30th 2009



428 Comments


what does?

that's what i thought, you dont know and now i jizz in your open mouth

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
July 1st 2009



862 Comments


this is pretty great



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy