My Heart To Joy
Seasons In Verse


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
December 16th, 2009 | 39 replies | 12,057 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A distinct and epic blend of post-hardcore in emo is the theme for My Heart To Joy's debut. Also, consider the fact that this is one of La Dispute's favorites of 2009. Need I say more? OK... I will.

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

Savor it. Soak it in, because like the crisp, golden rays of sun on a harsh wintry day, this is golden and warming. Seasons In Verse is a splendid mixture- one part emotional vocals, one part post-hardcore instrumentation. Sound interesting? Well, add that to the fact that Seasons In Verse was one of Michigan post-hardcore extraordinaires, La Dispute’s, favorite releases of the year. Unencumbered by long-running anthems and instead concentrating on a more refined and niche-focused grand design, My Heart To Joy’s full-length debut is a successful and uplifting testament to the up-and-coming band from Connecticut. And for what it lacks for in variation and originality, it certainly makes up for with more aesthetic qualities like beauty and cohesiveness.

More ambitious than first meets the ear, Seasons In Verse shows that a subdued and controlled approach to qualities already mastered by other bands can certainly still result in a more than favorable output. It erupts into a product more that’s pensive and regal without sounding pretentious or too wieldy. Every song is like the piece of a puzzle, and their similarity makes it difficult to analyze this Seasons In Verse by the song. The overall sound, on the other hand, is very melodic and easier to distinguish. The rhythm section provides a bit of contrast in a more powerful and simplistic approach. The songs are often a build-up to the edge until they finally make the jump and tip off, only to survive and repeat the same thing a few moments later. Take the first song with vocals, for instance, “Empty Homes.” Layers of sounds (often very downbeat) are added on top of each other until you eventually hear the song erupt with the more frantic and emotional vocals while still sounding perfectly calm somehow. And boy are you glad they survive the fall, because each song shows a refined and calculated progression, in contrast to the more sporadic nature elsewhere on Season In Verse. The most obvious of these facets being the yelled vocals. While the album begins with the instrumental, brooding “Time Spent Breathing,” they quickly ditch that style in favor of incorporating clear and crisp yells throughout. The lyrics aren’t particularly genius, but they certainly match the epic manner which My Hear To Joy has a knack for, ending songs like “Seasons In Verse” with, “Rebuild the forest with kinder words / To warm the air with an open heart / Lakes like mirrors reflect this honesty / Empty seasons have moved on past our reach.” It’s a splendid and intriguing skill on display here on Seasons In Verse, as they manage to pull off sublime build-ups whilst resisting giving off an air of pretension. The sincerity is very present not only in the strong vocals, but also the raw production. While this quality can become a bit annoying here or there, it’s a quality that certainly matches the aesthetic made prominent by My Heart To Joy. Put the catchy choruses and traditional song structure on hold, because My Heart To Joy threw it out the window a long time ago. In its place is something to match the mood, much more organic, yet epic at the same time.

The glaring fault is, of course, that there’s a marked lack of variation from song to song. And while this is definitely In short, Season In Verse follows a trajectory. It’s not in any way difficult to sit through the sometimes-tedious single songs, but as “Watch Me Live” comes to a close you’ll be left with a warming feeling of satisfaction and even renewal. Because, My Heart To Joy make you realize, even amidst the raw production and harsh yelling, or the wintry cold and bitter days, there still lies the potential for satisfaction and exuberance, similar to the potential that lies within this new band.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SeaAnemone
December 16th 2009



19755 Comments


OK here it is. Geez, that paragraph's probably too big.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

bungy
December 16th 2009



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You busted this shit out fast....edit dude I've read five words and seen two spelling errors.

bungy
December 16th 2009



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review man, you describe the album excellently

SeaAnemone
December 17th 2009



19755 Comments


Shit- that's what I get for writing so quickly... let me know if you see anything else please.

Calculate
December 17th 2009



1135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whoa, you slept on this one bro, album is the bomb. review is goooood.

SeaAnemone
December 17th 2009



19755 Comments


What? you're saying I shoulda done it sooner, correct? and yes / thanks.

Calculate
December 17th 2009



1135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha yeah, I thought everyone had been and gone on this one, but dw, it still rocks. You're becoming one of my favorite users btw.

Reeke
December 17th 2009



61 Comments


early appleseed cast springs to mind when listening to this.

SeaAnemone
December 17th 2009



19755 Comments


Awww thanks Calculate, I'm blushing

IndieGuitarist
December 19th 2009



149 Comments


this sounds p cool i guess

SeaAnemone
December 19th 2009



19755 Comments


maybe because it is p cool?

yes, yes that's why.

SeaAnemone
January 8th 2010



19755 Comments


Ugh "Seasons In Verse" is such a great song

Enotron
April 9th 2010



7695 Comments


This band is so fucking good.

SeaAnemone
April 9th 2010



19755 Comments


I know right?! but seriously though, they are. too bad nobody listens to poor wittle seaanemone!

SeaAnemone
May 12th 2010



19755 Comments


this has aged surprisingly well

SlightlyEpic
May 12th 2010



5780 Comments


it's only been a year, what do you mean?

SeaAnemone
May 12th 2010



19755 Comments


well it initially felt more like a 3/3.5 after I wrote the review... but I listen to the entirety on a really regular basis

SeaAnemone
July 19th 2010



19755 Comments


shit this just doesn't get old... like ever for some reason

SlightlyEpic
July 19th 2010



5780 Comments


haha this brings back memories

SeaAnemone
July 19th 2010



19755 Comments


tell me all of them in great detail please



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