As Tall As Lions
As Tall As Lions


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex C. Soothsayer USER (33 Reviews)
August 10th, 2009 | 77 replies | 15,311 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Have you ever had your heart broken? This is the album for you. Never had your heart broken? This is the album for you.

Do you remember your first girlfriend? You both were so in love with each other. You promised each other you would be together forever, someday you would get married and live a beautiful life. Oh the joys of that first true love. But then remember that one day, when all of your uncontrollable love 'strangled' her and she said, "This just isn't going to work anymore". As Tall As Lions remembers exactly what comes after those fateful words that were spoken. The self-loathing, the sitting in bed alone wondering if that love could ever happen again, wondering if you can ever open yourself up again, wondering if you can ever get over her. As Tall As Lions explores these all too common emotions that anyone who has ever loved has felt on their self titled album.

Opening on a high note, "Stab City" prepares you for the emotion filled ride to come. With an upbeat tempo and vocalists' Dan Nigro's soaring voice, "Stab City" is an excellent way to open the album. Backing vocals are added in by the rest of the band, repeating the lead chorus line "Don't see, you see!" while Nigro sings on through the verses. This is a common device used by the band throughout the album, and it works very well. Following suit, the next four songs are upbeat and fun. All of the songs have a defined chorus that is easy to remember and sing along with. Songs like "A Break, A Pause" and "Love Love Love (Love Love)" use quite valleys and loud mountains to craft memorable tunes. Standout track "Ghost of York" uses this method very well. A slow buildup of percussion and simple guitar arpeggios segues into a loud chorus, just to drop back to another building verse, returning right back to that familiar chorus you will be screaming out loud.

The second half of the album is slower, but still sticks to the sound of the previous half. "Kickin' Myself" and "Mariah" are beautiful acoustic driven pieces that are exactly what a man would write following a terrible breakup. Other songs such as "Milk and Honey" and "Be Here Now" are similar to the first half of the album, but the band replaces the big choruses with soft piano driven verses and backing vocals repeating key lyrics. Ending the album, "Maybe I'm Just Tired" wraps up the record in a tight package and sends the listener off to look back on what just happened. Largely piano driven, the closer brings together all of the ideas of the previous tracks allowing the listener one final reflection. A slow intro builds into a loud chorus, back into a slow verse. The band sings backing vocals of the lead chorus line "I know I'm not good enough/I know I'm not good enough for you" which would make any man fresh off a breakup weep.

Love is a common theme in music. The lyrics on this record are all based around an awful breakup, something (almost) everyone can relate to. Just as great as the music, lyricist Dan Nigro generates emotion filled lyrics sung beautifully by his soaring voice. All of the songs deal with different stages of the breakup, from the part where you hate yourself; all the way to your heart reopening to other souls. "You're only good when you're on your back you evening virgin cotton nymph" is belted out in "A Break, A Pause", which is later followed by, "I'm sick of waking up alone/Honey I'm pleading/Let's put away the sticks and stones" on "Milk and Honey". The album is chock full of soulful lyrics like this, which only adds to the overall feeling of the album. A memorable album is one that excels in all facets, not just one or two.

As Tall As Lions sophomore self titled album is nothing short of excellent. The album will bring countless plays and will please every time. There is not much bringing this album down from perfection. The production is nothing short of spectacular, bringing each instrument where it needs to be while layers of vocals are tracked masterfully. The only fault this album has is a few too similar songs. A little more experimentation and this would be the perfect record. The instantly likable vocals and the easily accessible music will make this a great album for everyone. Regardless if you have ever suffered a tremendous breakup or not, this is a must have album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Prophet178
August 10th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Just whipped this review up tonight, so it might have some errors, but I hope it is up to par. I really fell in love with these guys, and when I saw this didn't have a review yet and I knew I needed to write one.

YouAreMySilence
August 10th 2009


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I see a few errors but great job nevertheless.

Prophet178
August 10th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks dude, I'll have to proofread it when its not 4am.

YouAreMySilence
August 10th 2009


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha understandable.

SmurkinGherkin
August 10th 2009


1769 Comments


Cool review, will look into this.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
August 10th 2009


3767 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

New album is going to kick ass.

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KritikalMotion
August 10th 2009


2261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

on first listen it's good but his voice gets a bit boring.

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atrink
Contributing Reviewer
August 10th 2009


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i don't think this album is as great as you say but it's still pretty good

handoman
August 10th 2009


2386 Comments


good album

Prophet178
August 10th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks guys, yeah the rating might be a bit inflated due to my infatuation with this record, but probably only by a .5, it started at a 3.5 on first listen for me.

And yeah, new album is going to kick so much ass.

scyther
August 10th 2009


1606 Comments


There's something about this album, it makes me feel really comfortable.

Lions
August 10th 2009


1015 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album's been a favorite for a long time. Good review. The new one's going to be amazing.

Prophet178
August 10th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I got someone to read it over then proofread it myself again, so it should be devoid of any grammatical errors now. Thanks for all the kind words guys.

DaveBum69
August 10th 2009


699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if i ever commit suicide it will be because maybe im just tired is so damm depressing

Spence
August 11th 2009


8 Comments


Good stuff, nice review

TheDirtyGreek
August 15th 2009


12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

coming across bands like these is just another reason why I love sputnik

IndieGuitarist
August 28th 2009


149 Comments


stab city was so good live

Waior
September 21st 2009


11451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Should be gooood.

KritikalMotion
September 21st 2009


2261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i only really listen to stab city now

Nikkolae
December 1st 2009


4847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bands like this are the reason i joined sputnik, tottaly and utterly amazing

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