I am the Ocean
...And Your City Needs Swallowing


4.0
excellent

Review

by smiff0009 USER (5 Reviews)
January 22nd, 2010 | 10 replies | 7,206 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Explores many different moods, and is very interesting. The lyrics are weird but good.

"...And Your City Needs Swallowing" is a progressive, but in a way you wouldn't think of, record. It is very unique sounding, and it wanders all over the place like most progressive albums, but at the same time it flows well and makes sense. The actual sound of the record is somewhat of a heavy rock or post hardcore sound. The singer has a very unique and powerful voice, combining screaming, singing, and yelling. The guitar work is all over the place, ranging from power chord progressions to weird leads to slow clean guitars. The guitarists tend to use seventh chords more than pretty much any band of their genre. The bass is probably the stand out instrument (which is odd) because the tone is perfect for their sound. The drums are pretty awesome as well, with some incredible fills.

"Chasing Bears and Reading Scriptures" starts the album off, and I feel like it should have come later in the album, due to the fact that it is a lengthy track. This song has a great intro, and wanders through many parts, and is an enjoyable listen.

The next song on the album is "Betcha Your Job" which is my favorite from the cd. It is also very long, and has a very droningly slow theme towards the end, making the listener wonder when it will end. The lyrics are quite strange on this song and they make me laugh.

"I'm Pretty Tired and I'm Pretty Old" starts off very slowly, then builds up. This would have served as a better album opener due to the building up nature of the song. It seems like one of the more emotional songs of the record.

"Text the Sex Rhyme" is another standout track off of this album. It is probably the catchiest song of all, without the wandering guitar lines. The singing stands out the most on this song, with catchy melodies, and cool lyrics. The lyrics in this song are a conversation, and it makes for a very interesting read.

"Scribble Jack" is the most aggressive song on the cd, and is quite short. The guitar lines in this song are very odd yet cool. This song has a very weird rhythm as well, but doesn't make it less catchy.

"A Going Under" is the guitar instrumental of the record, and it is awesome. It is feeled with delay and tapping, and is so cool sounding. With that being said, it is too long, and gets boring after a while.

This album rocks hard, but it is intelligent at the same time. Not too many bands sound like these guys, but they aren't completely unique.

Recommended Tracks:
Text the Sex Rhyme
Exbyit Means KayBadBye
Betcha Your Job


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Comments:Add a Comment 
BallsToTheWall
January 22nd 2010



44164 Comments


Newest album slays. Need this.

smiff0009
January 22nd 2010



83 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this album more but it is way different. Escapist Fiction is way more catchy, but less gold in later listens. They also have a different singer now.

bungy
January 22nd 2010



8843 Comments


I like this one better.

Relinquished
January 22nd 2010



24486 Comments


This is pretty good. A Going Under is the best track here.

Iamthe Nightstars
January 22nd 2010



2191 Comments


I like the new singer better, but this is good too.

dylanthedesertpea
January 22nd 2010



587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i fuckin love this album... does anyone know if their new album's any good?

JAV
January 22nd 2010



1921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm still not sure how I feel about this one.
It has it's moments but nothing really stands out to me.

bloc
October 10th 2010



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

First song was good

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

drumasster
August 27th 2011



20 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The singer's voice draws you in, seems appealing enough to give it a serious listen. Then it smothers
you.

Quen
November 6th 2011



1633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This reminds me of Deftones for some reason.



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