90 Day Men
Panda Park


4.0
excellent

Review

by zach USER (27 Reviews)
November 25th, 2009 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The soundtrack to waking up in a pool of your own blood.

What do you do after creating one of the most beautiful/weirdest albums ever put to wax? Generally, you have two options: Make an album that’s even more crazy/beautiful or give up entirely. So what did 90 Day Men choose to do after releasing To Everybody in 2002?

They went ***ing overboard.

There is no band weirder or harder to describe to a non-listener than 90 Day Men. They started off as a post-hardcore/free jazz outfit paying homage to the likes of Unwound and Leonard Cohen. After releasing their first album they decided to add a keyboardist and expanded their sound into the regions of okay-seriously-what-the-***. Exploring themes of existentialism, fatalism, and Morrissey’s bitchiness To Everybody was about speaking the truth through gibberish. Try to read the lyrics of any 90 Day Men song and you’ll have absolutely no idea what’s being said, but if you listen to the song and fully immerse yourself you’ll start to feel the lyrics and begin to understand where they’re coming from, and it’s the same with the music.

On Panda Park the band furthers their sound even more by contracting it. While To Everybody was about exploring as many themes and ideas as possible while maintaining a cohesive and coherent base Panda Park goes for broke exploring a few themes to their breaking point. The band infuses their ever-expansive sound into a minimalist format and tinker with it until it collapses. Once again, Andy Lansangan’s keyboard takes control and lays down the groundwork so the rest of the band can explore the space around him. Vocalist Brian Case switches between soaring falsetto to haunting whisper on a dime creating a fascinating dynamic that creates a sound collage of depravity, loneliness, and fear.

Although Panda Park features a number of wonderful tracks such as “Too Late or Too Dead” and the terrific closer “Night Birds” but they simply don’t bleed into each other and occupy the same body that To Everybody did. It’s sad when a band that plays so well together can’t write songs that flow into each other the way the band does when they’ve done it so well in the past.



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iarescientists
November 25th 2009


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there was a time i had so much to say but that times gone and all that's left is this review

rasputin
November 25th 2009


14546 Comments


oh shit zach wrote a review

joshuatree
Emeritus
November 26th 2009


3742 Comments


niceee

band is incredible

iarescientists
November 26th 2009


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like that the members also liked is all prog, hardcore, and proggy hardcore

Tits McGee
November 26th 2009


1876 Comments


woah a zach review

perhaps I will listen to this!

poweroftheweez
November 26th 2009


1290 Comments


great review, im definitely giving this a listen

Roach
November 26th 2009


2148 Comments


nice

handoman
November 26th 2009


2386 Comments


i need this one

Roach
November 26th 2009


2148 Comments


still your dig

kitsch
November 26th 2009


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this rules so much

Spare
June 19th 2010


5311 Comments


this shit doesn't touch to everybody mang

also why the fuck don't people listen to this

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porch
July 15th 2010


8460 Comments


Really enjoying this record

SeaAnemone
July 15th 2010


20374 Comments


not nearly as awesome as To Everybody, but then again not much else is, that I can find

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IsItLuck?
Emeritus
August 3rd 2010


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey I'm listening to this and I enjoy it wooohooo

kitsch
March 3rd 2011


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i think this is on par with to everybody

kitsch
March 3rd 2011


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

seriously silver and snow is hitting me so hard right now

iarescientists
March 3rd 2011


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this has great individual tracks, but it doesn't flow like to everybody

SeaAnemone
March 3rd 2011


20374 Comments


nothing flows like to everybody, though

kitsch
March 3rd 2011


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i know what you mean, i originally was thrown off by the thematic and textural changes that seem to randomly rotate through the songs... but there is a common thread of thought/motif that prevails throughout

i sort of see it as not exactly knowing what to do, what to think, or who the fuck we even are, and so they explore these ideas from various vectored approaches and arrive at similar places/conclusions

like
"there was a time i had so much to say and now that times gone"
"im not drunk enough to tell you the truth just yet"
"the ideas lost inside your brain, coalescing and depressing"

all seem to be getting at the same theme of self-alienation and confusion, and moments of clarity pop up in the process of exploring this in each of the songs.

i guess what im trying to say is that it flows by being disconnected at the ends, but connected at the center.

so thematically and sonically i guess its connected, but not linearly

kitsch
March 3rd 2011


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the last track does such a good job of tieing it all together without saying a word

the different elements that exist within that one track are kind of like all of the explorations of the album all thrown together.



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