Between the Buried and Me
The Great Misdirect


3.5
great

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
December 1st, 2009 | 43 replies | 5,881 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A step backwards for Between the Buried and Me

I’ll admit, I am one of those people that it takes weeks or even months for an album to fully sink in and for me to realize the brilliance of it. My first “heavy” album, They’re Only Chasing Safety by Underoath took me two months before it clicked. Forfeit Misfortunes by Underneath the Gun took about 3 weeks, but my all time record goes to Between the Buried and Me’s Colors. This album took a astounding four to five months before I realized its genius and it became one of my favorite albums of all time. So when I heard that BTBAM was putting out a new record I was extremely excited. I was hoping that they could match or even top the brilliance of Colors……sadly this is not the case.

The Great Misdirect starts out promising enough, with Mirrors setting the mood as a brooding slow song that develops into a jazz fusion type that meanders along and transitions nicely into Obfuscation, which is a brilliant display of the bands technically ability and ability to wow the listener. It is after this song that the problems begin to rear their ugly heads. Disease, Injury, Madness harkens back to the days of The Silent Circus, but does not have the spark that the songs on that album had. It hits you over the head, but in a unsatisfactory way, and then transitions into a slow down that unlike the slow downs on Colors, really kind of bored me. I know it might fit in well with the albums concept and idea, but I found myself tuning out at this point. The song doesn’t get interesting until the 6:35 mark where the band transitions into a southern style riff that evokes memories of the same type of instance on Ants of the Sky. This part alone manages to save this track from the depths of musical hell.

Herein lies the biggest problem on The Great Misdirect. There are only a handful of brilliant moments amidst all the other sludge you must trudge through to get to these moments. Fossil Genera’s intro puts itself up there as one of the band’s most quirky weird moments, and may annoy some listeners after multiple listens. The rest of the song really trudges along, never developing into much, until it slows down toward the end. This is a example of how much of this album goes with the exceptions of Mirrors, Obfuscation and Desert of Song. The latter is probably my favorite song off of The Great Misdirect. It shows off Paul Waggoner’s decent vocals and couples them with Tommy Roger’s clean vocals in a way that sounds very good. But what does it say about the album if my favorite track is one of two non-metal ones?

It’s not that the band isn’t musically talented, oh no, they are amazing. Paul and Dustie Waring shred like the best of them incorporating styles of all genres and pushing the boundaries on guitar. Dan Briggs creates interesting bass licks and is one of the better bassists in music today, and Blake Richardson eclipses his drumming on Colors and kicks it up a notch. Even Tommy Rogers throws in more keyboards and has upped his vocals a tad to keep up with the rest of the bands musical progression. So then what is it that makes The Great Misdirect not as interesting as Colors?

In my opinion it is the pace of the album. While Colors grabbed you from the throat and didn’t let go until the closing bars of White Walls, The Great Misdirect seems to plod along, and even when the speed is there, it still lacks the catchy hooks to keep the listener coming back to the album time and time again. Another problem may be that it tries to be Colors 2.0. While that album was a new, original output from the band, this album seems to be the slow younger brother, plodding along behind, trying to keep up.

The Great Misdirect is still a solid metal album though. If you like talent in your music then this is an album for you. If you desire catchy hooks and such, then maybe you should stay away.



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WhiteWallStargazers
December 1st 2009


2647 Comments


I know I know its been reviewed alot....but whatever

qwe3
December 1st 2009


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

meh doesnt matter you had a review you submitted it man. will read

qwe3
December 1st 2009


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

colors was a step back. well a fucking leap.

this was a step to the side

Zettel
December 1st 2009


597 Comments


The review reads shallow and too short, for the points you try to get across. Maybe with the too many reviews of this album, you felt discouraged on elaborating more, but it feels incomplete.

Waior
December 1st 2009


11451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I listen to Colors and I don't even hear good music anymore (exception AOTS and White Walls) but this is just so much more coherent.

Fossil Genera is stupid in the beginning but otherwise this is so much better than Colors.

Ulsufyring
December 1st 2009


1724 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

album is like listening to babies cry in a hundred various wavering pitches for an hour

PanasonicYouth
December 1st 2009


7411 Comments


so is listening to ulsufyring talk

qwe3
December 1st 2009


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

sickBURN

PanasonicYouth
December 1st 2009


7411 Comments


i know i know

Zip
December 1st 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

you must be pretty special if you can listen to a written comment

Ulsufyring
December 1st 2009


1724 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

kris wants to start the lastfm war again, eh?

Pebster49
December 1st 2009


2992 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pretty good review, I disagree with a lot of it though even if you gave a 3.5, which is not that far off from what I got from it. I thought the best songs were "Fossil Genera" and "Swim to the Moon". The first song was meh for a slow song, but "Desert of Song" was probably one of my favorite slow songs by BTBAM. Colors was better than this but its not that far of a step down imo.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2009


23816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn you all, I like this album.

Colors is better though.

qwe3
December 1st 2009


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

so's a hernia

WhiteWallStargazers
December 1st 2009


2647 Comments


^ nice

cirq
December 1st 2009


9264 Comments


i like this.

Jesuslaves
December 1st 2009


4655 Comments


Holy fucking shit stop reviewing this.

HenchmanOfSanta
December 1st 2009


1865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This reads more like a 3 or less to me, but it's not neg-worthy.

Burn2Burn
December 1st 2009


2378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tell santa i want phat l00t this year k

qwe3
December 1st 2009


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Holy fucking shit stop reviewing this.


stfu he wanted to review it so he reviewed it.



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