toe
For Long Tomorrow


4.0
excellent

Review

by Marko Polovina USER (90 Reviews)
February 1st, 2010 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When you expect more from toe's second release you'll receive it.

I'm not sure what to say about toe's sophomore release. Utter jubilation in most portions, but a tiny bit of disgust along the way. It's odd really, as what the group tries attempting is the logical step forward. A realization of incorporating new elements like the piano, electronic sequences, or vocals would of sufficed, but all of them? Some troubles surface, but for the majority of the time the improved guitar dynamics, hints of acoustic muddled within and drumming prowess carry this album, as it should, but only better than The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety.

Within a strict context of their debut, The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety is for the most part a free-form almost back-and-forth rhythm between the group; mainly showcasing the superb drumming of Takashi and his band mates Mino Takaaki and Yamazaki Hirokazu good guitar work. Comparing their previous efforts 4 years ago to For Long Tomorrow and you get a supremely more relaxed (if that wasn't already evident), mature group that limits Takashi's burden by spicing up the ferocity and dynamics of their guitar work. This works for the majority of the album, but something lingers and you notice it with the introduction of the vocal work. The vocal work is absolutely uneasy to sit through, while it is limited it's still there. Besides the small, shy female chorus on "After Image" and later the decent "Goodbye" it becomes quite forgettable. More specifically its tedious, unobtrusive and mediocre. Essentially it brings down what heights the album begins to achieve and it almost comes crashing down. While the vocal work was hinted beforehand with their New Sentimentality EP it begs a question to why they would introduce even more of it within this release? It feels uninspired, if not downright ignored by the listener and believe that statement.

This is all coming off a bit harsh, but the truth of the matter is toe have clouded the true or potential greatness that could of been For Long Tomorrow. Thankfully it doesn't detract from the album as a whole and the ordinary male vocals are only a few minutes. There's nothing more clear on this album than to see their guitar work has been put to the forefront. While they don't necessarily overshadow Takashi's work, as that would be highly difficult, but he eventually gets his shining moment in the end with "Long Tomorrow".

Enough of the single negative endeavor toe have managed to go belly-up on, the instrumental portions - latest additions included, are thoughtfully placed and paced. Also the bass by Yamane Satoshi has improved and tends to peak through some tracks like in "Shou***su Ten yo Fue", which adds a sprawling and much needed acoustic guitar in the mix. That clean guitar work on The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety isn't all gone, but fresh instruments do muddy it a bit, a fun addition when you listen to their debut and sophomore efforts back to back. "Esoteric" is the type of patience and maturity that toe have attained since 2005 and Takashi precise drumming is on point throughout the entire song. The channeling guitar work is placed perfectly and it's no wonder a 4 minute song sounds like so much more when it incorporates vague electronic tones in-between sessions of the music.

A much needed boost to their sound, the introduction to the rhodes piano and acoustic guitar add a bit of depth to what felt like a journey in a jam session a few years ago. The purely acoustic "Two Moons" is showcased upon a light vibraphone to add a lovely melancholy melody that picks up steam at times end. A track later "Mosukīton wa Mō Kikoenai #1", toe's first piano driven track, is used to bring a more relaxed feel eventually driving into a memorable outro with its second portion with Takashi finishing the work. Lastly, the track "Last Night" almost sounds like a jazz induced night session, but the entirety of the album is showcased by adding all of the new great sounds toe have put on here. The big thing about For Long Tomorrow is it's what most toe fans want, and they got, but while adding these elements toe have succumbed to some mediocre vocal work that for the most part doesn't belong.

For Long Tomorrow, for the most part is an improved band trying to experiment with what works. While the vocals within "Say It Isn't So" don't flesh out as they would of expected; the new introduction of sounds eventually shine through with "Last Night" and the jazzy "Our Next Movement" is altogether surprising, if not done very well. Toe have grown as well or at least branching out and that's what this album is about. For Long Tomorrow will probably become for Toe - a learning experience.



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MassiveAttack
February 1st 2010


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I realize I was overly harsh on the vocal work that was only predominate on one track, but hell man I listened to this 10 times and I couldn't stand that track. Its a sore spot on the album, which for its entirety is a step up from their debut. Enjoy.

P13
February 1st 2010


1327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I feel exactly the same about this album as their first album, and I think the first one was excellent.

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 1st 2010


10421 Comments


oooh yeah marko

Digging: Tennis - Ritual In Repeat

MassiveAttack
February 1st 2010


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well 8/8 people agree with us P13.


I be Klappin for that music son.

Are you serious one of the track titles is bleeped out, hilarious.

72Alexander27
February 1st 2010


49 Comments


Always interesting to see what you're listening to, MA, thanks for the review.

MassiveAttack
February 1st 2010


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Much appreciated Alex, btw I loved Lunatic Harness (listened awhile back before your review gotta agree with most of your points).

thebhoy
Emeritus
February 2nd 2010


4459 Comments


I was just listening to some of these guys stuff awhile back, they seemed really cool. I'll probably check this out. Good review marko

SeaAnemone
February 2nd 2010


20311 Comments


this should really be "Best New Music"

Digging: Holy Sons - Lost Decade II

kingsoby1
Emeritus
February 2nd 2010


4950 Comments


too bad i didn't know about this in 2009 when it came out...

i like toe

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2010


8357 Comments


nice review Marko, your last one was a bit weaker then some of your other recent work, but this is good. Pos

MassiveAttack
February 2nd 2010


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What I thought you knew about this Sobhi. I commented in your New Sentimentality EP review awhile back about its release.

Avirov
October 1st 2010


1206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love the singers on this album.

Just putting it out there.

plane
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2010


6094 Comments


this band fucking rules

MassiveAttack
December 9th 2010


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah they're pretty good; seems like they've been getting better every album

KritikalMotion
July 24th 2011


2261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is pretty great

Digging: Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

ncguitar
November 13th 2011


2405 Comments


Pos'd, yet I feel like I didn't enjoy this album. It felt a bit soulless (damn japanese), and there were some moments that annoyed me. Still, appreciate their great talent.

MassiveAttack
November 13th 2011


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, I think it has soul, but there are some irritating nuisances here and there, nothing to steer me away from what I wrote though.

balcaen
November 13th 2011


3183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is easily one of the breeziest records i own. makes for such a perfect morning.

BLUEOmni
February 29th 2012


684 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I rike Two Moons. Best song.

BLUEOmni
March 28th 2012


684 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is definitely a grower.



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