And Then There Were None
Who Speaks For Planet Earth?


5.0
classic

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
November 6th, 2009 | 19 replies | 6,702 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album that changed my perceptions on music

3 of 5 thought this review was well written

At some point in a person’s life they encounter an event; maybe a movie, maybe a real life situation, maybe a musical album, that changes the way they look at that particular element of their life. For me, that time was when I picked up Who Speaks For Planet Earth? by New Hampshire based And Then There Were None.

Originally a metalcore band, ATTWN released their debut album, The Hope We Forgot Exists, before member changes and a longing to play a more open style transformed them into the dance-pop band that they are today. Don’t get me wrong though, just because ATTWN plays a style of European dance-pop does not mean that their metal roots are completely gone from the mix. The guitarists still have an important role, such as in Reinventing Robert Cohen and Thank the Watchmaker, where they provide a nifty wall of backing chords along with some riffs thrown in the mix. The drums also show a trace of their metal roots, as the mostly electronic drums ebb and flow, with patterns more common in metal versus pop.

Although this band has traces of their metal roots, this is a pop band, and the band’s sound is dominated by the keyboard and synth work. At the forefront of everything, the keys flourish with a variety of loops, pads and licks that whirl and spin amidst the backdrop of guitar and drums. Songs like The Atmosphere, and Bed of Nails are just a few of the tracks that showcase the keyboard work on Who Speaks for Planet Earth?

The drums are a mix of electric and acoustic fare, with some fairly original fills and patterns for the most part, although the band does tend to fall back on the same single kick bass sound for a fair majority of the record, but this does not really distract from the overall atmosphere of the record. Bass is present on this record, but as with the drums, a lot of it is of the electric variety.

Vocals are another highlight of the album. The vocalist displays a good singing voice, and the ability to sing in both low octaves (The Atmosphere) as well as higher ones (Action is the Antidote). Along with perfectly placed backing vocals, this album just drips with catchy hooks and clever lyrics. Although the lyrics are Christian in nature, they can be interpreted in a variety of ways, and do not suffer from any lapses or repetitiveness.

Who Speaks for Planet Earth? Was an album that opened musical doors for me. It showed me a world outside the realm of metal, and inspired me to check out many non-metal artists and expand my musical horizons. Hopefully reading this will inspire you to pick up this album, as it is a very good pop album, and could very well expand your own personal musical tastes.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
WhiteWallStargazers
November 6th 2009



2647 Comments


I figured I would try to validate why I like this album so much....

AdaManiac
November 6th 2009



26 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Eh. I've owned this album since it came out, but this isn't a five. Not even close. Innovative in today's world, yeah, but not a five.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2009



16015 Comments


Went to high school with the dudes from this band.

Digging: Katatonia - Kocytean

Emim
November 6th 2009



26195 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've been digging "Reinventing Robert Cohn" lately, might give the rest of this a try. 5 might be pushing it, but clearly this record holds some sentimental value for you, so no worries.

TerminalC
November 6th 2009



239 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

ah 5? i think not

Comatorium.
November 6th 2009



4008 Comments


Fuck off, its a 5 if he thinks it deserves a 5.

Its a great album, i hope more people see this review than the veeery few who saw mine.

Fucking pos'd man, good job.

Zettel
November 6th 2009



581 Comments


For an album that means a lot to you, it's not really clear why you think is great, other than it opened new musical doors to you.

The Computer
November 6th 2009



255 Comments


At least one of these guys that I know of used to take a course (or more) at my online highschool.

Comatorium.
November 6th 2009



4008 Comments


The fact that it opened new doors for him musically is a HUGE reason to give this a 5.

If he was confined to (mostly) metal, and Who Speaks For Planet Earth? made him realize that pop and other genres have outstanding artists as well, then he will remember it as the album that led him to hundreds of new albums.

If anything, its a sentimental thing, not to mention this is a goddam fantastic record.

TerminalC
November 7th 2009



239 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I appreciate the fact that this album means a lot to you, to each his own you know? I know i've rated albums as 5's because of their sentimental value, i just happen to disagree with this one, probably because these guys used to be one of my favorite bands when they played metalcore, so i'm pretty biased.

Comatorium.
November 7th 2009



4008 Comments


Eh they were a pretty shitty metalcore band. Like AILD sans any production quality. Got boring too fast.

TerminalC
November 7th 2009



239 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

quite true, but i loved them for their live shows and yes, sentimental value.

Comatorium.
November 7th 2009



4008 Comments


then thats respectable.

Comatorium.
January 28th 2010



4008 Comments


youre just an ass, arent cha?

americanmusicmachine
January 28th 2010



3953 Comments


codyskidmore w/ the clawed hand to the neck. KO MOFO.

Comatorium.
January 28th 2010



4008 Comments


Yeah i do. Sup?

Eko
June 8th 2010



2119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i understand the whole sentimental value thing (some of my ratings would not be so high if not for it), but this lulls in the second half. first half is awesome, for sure, and there are good tracks later, but there are better things in this vein.

ProjectFreak
December 15th 2011



1156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

reinventing robert cohn is so freaking good
the rest of the album's alright

BrushedRed
May 3rd 2013



686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Used to love this so much when I was a senior in high school. Came on shuffle on my old iPod tonight. Makes me sad. Just
didn't seem as good as it used to. But the "Right Here Waiting" cover is still just as good. As well as "Action is the Anecdote"
and "Thank the Watchmaker". The rest just didn't seem as good as I remembered :/



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