Adorno
Said And Unsaid


3.5
great

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
February 1st, 2010 | 16 replies | 7,256 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Let's talk about Adorno, shall we?

It’s pretty emotive stuff, isn’t it? It’s like you can just feel the singer pour himself out to you. That sounds incredibly emo, doesn’t it? Yeah, I guess so- but then again this is a distinctly emo record. I don’t think it quite avoids the over-emotive cliche, but I don’t really mind. It’s like- you know what to expect, it doesn’t surprise you, but you don’t feel let down anyway. Do you have a staple meal at any restaurant? When I go to Carrabbas I always get the same thing: chicken parmesan, and some hot & spicy soup, of course. Said And Unsaid is a bit like that, deliciously cliche and fulfilling. Predictable with their take on emo, yes... boring? Definitely not. I’ve been listening to more and more of this *** lately, and I honestly have a hard time finding music along these lines that I don’t like. Weird, huh? Anyway, I hope I don’t get burnt out- because I’m really lovin’ what I get out of it- and it’s been all Said And Unsaid for the time being.

Just look at that album cover! I mean that band couldn’t be from anywhere but Portugal, right? Yeah, I’ve never been either... anyway back to the record of my week here. It’s really simple to describe, thankfully. I love it- it’s bouncy emo- such easy listening that those that don’t get near the genre might find easy listening in “One Thirty Six” or “Said And Unsaid.” Everything on Adorno’s latest is very intelligible- if that makes any sense. From the lyrics, to the guitar lines, to the fairly clean production, it all fits pretty well into a neat little package, pretty easy to grasp. Instead of chaotic, everything just feels so orderly and tidy.

God I just wish there was something that just stands out on this album so well it makes you wanna listen over and over... oh wait! Did I mention the vocals are amazing? To me at least- they just feel very genuine. It’s weird- it actually took me a little to realize this and it definitely wasn’t striking. It was after the gang yelling on “Untitled,” that the singer comes back in all alone. Everything just... fits. Once again, very clean, very intelligible, and definitely passionate.

That’s what this keeps reminding me of! Snowing! Seriously, if Snowing had taken a different, more structured approach, I could easily see them making Said And Unsaid Yeah... I like Snowing, too. This is just... different. The production and structure and overall clean-ness really lends itself to better listenability, I think. Oh, you want some weaknesses of Adorno here? Honestly, it’s a bit hard to pinpoint. My biggest complaint would go hand-in-hand with what I feel is also one of Adorno’s strengths- you know exactly what you’re getting here. This is fun, bouncy emo, nothing more and nothing less, really. It’s a little contradictory, I know- but it’s just kind of restricting at times. The instrumentation isn’t mind-blowing, in fact there’s not one amazing quality on the album. Do I think I’ll be listening to it in a year? Sure- I’m sure I’ll grow out of this “emo” phase, but I can’t imagine not wanting to listen to something so likable, simple, and endearing. It’s fun though- I think you’ll like it.



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SeaAnemone
February 1st 2010


20284 Comments


Review is different. It should read like a casual conversation, fits the album very well I feel... I don't know, thought I'd try
something different. Tell me if you hate it.

Artwork should be up any minute.

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klap
Staff Reviewer
February 1st 2010


10405 Comments


i like the idea and the overall tone - i've always though reviews should be more free-flowing and not so critically highbrow. however, i do think the constant asking of questions here comes off as a bit contrived. and i've heard food described as cliche haha so that was interesting. this seems like something that would fit way better on a blog than on a review site, but i like the idea

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bungy
February 2nd 2010


8843 Comments


I like it

SeaAnemone
February 2nd 2010


20284 Comments


thanks for the feedback rudy. the style is definitely not something I'd do often- hence it isn't very well-refined or perfected -but it kinda goes with the casual almost conversational tone of the album. and you're probably right- this is probably a little too casual for Sputnik, it's something I most likely won't try again.

bungy
February 2nd 2010


8843 Comments


Why didn't you address me?

SeaAnemone
February 2nd 2010


20284 Comments


I don't like you all that much.

bungy
February 2nd 2010


8843 Comments


lol

SeaAnemone
February 2nd 2010


20284 Comments


ok maybe I do.

AggravatedYeti
February 2nd 2010


7685 Comments


this review is funny.

Skimaskcheck
February 2nd 2010


2360 Comments


It sounds pretty cool man, and i quite liked the review, but at times it got a little irritating but i'm not sure why. I think it might have been all the mini-questions spliced at the end of sentences like;

That sounds incredibly emo, doesn’t it?
...anywhere but Portugal, right?
Weird, huh?

Maybe i'm just anti-social and don't enjoy casual conversation reviews though




FigNewtns
February 2nd 2010


716 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

liked their older album better tbh.

kitsch
February 15th 2010


5107 Comments


adorno is pretty gay tbh

SeaAnemone
February 15th 2010


20284 Comments


good. I'd stop making it if you didn't.

SeaAnemone
September 19th 2010


20284 Comments


guys this is clearly better than Snowing so stop going Lady gaga over that emotional bullshit and fuck this instead

SeaAnemone
September 20th 2010


20284 Comments


lol ok mj

mmfarva
December 1st 2010


1352 Comments


Random bump because I'm just now finally listening. I think the guitars are my favorite part, although there are some nice drum fills that catch my ears. Unfortunately, while I enjoy many voices that are less than stellar, these just don't hit me right. Still solid though, probably a 3.25 for me at the moment.



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