Crime In Stereo
I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone


3.0
good

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
February 16th, 2010 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I Was Trying To Describe This Album To Someone... but then I opted not to in favor of a more consistent post-hardcore release.

It’s one thing to discover a band through their recorded material and consequently see them live, but it’s a whole ‘nother deal to be introduced to a band live and accordingly hear their album. Well, this is the case for me, at least. The whole system of expectations is just a bit out of whack. Sometimes their sound and energy translate, many times it doesn’t... well, there’s just many more variables and uncertainties that leave me a little uneasy with the experience. This was the case with Crime In Stereo. Opening for Thrice and Brand New is no easy task, the frontman made himself memorable with his shrill screams amidst the post-hardcore-esque flurry of guitars. Anyway, going into the Long Island natives’ 2010 LP, I tried to keep an open mind, but I have to admit I was a little excited. And what happens when I get excited about something again?... oh that’s right! I get let down.

Crime In Stereo are, in essence, very similar to Brand New except for the fact that they lean more heavily towards a melodic / post-hardcore sound. As much as it pains me to admit that a sound seemingly based so closely to another prominent band’s is a recipe for success, it kinda is. Crime In Stereo, while not entirely establishing their own identity, succeeded in their past endeavors. It fit! -that particular sound, that is. The main problem with I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone is the display of Crime In Stereo exhibiting ambition beyond themselves. The experiments on I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone are certainly interesting experiments, but do they form a cohesive and substantial album? -think again.

It’s apparent from the beginning of “Queue Moderns” that Crime In Stereo are either pushing their limits or have stretched them a little too far. The meandering ambient sounds with soft vocals don’t quite mesh with the harsher screams that appear out of nowhere. The opener, even if it’s only a little over a minute, is a sufficient analogy for the rest of the album. I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone , while certainly managing to avoid convention here and there, comes off as a bit misguided and patchy overall. “Queue Moderns” transitions awkwardly into what I can safely say is the best output on I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone , “Drugwolf.” A more conventional approach to post-hardcore, but it has a certain life and energy that make it difficult not to love. On the other hand, tracks like “Young” simply take the idea of dynamic song structure too far, to the point of nauseam. Starting off slow and soft, then erupting in a full-band sprawl, it comes off very scattered. Eventually, the experimentation and digression from conventional post-hardcore on I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone become irritating and obvious. It sounds much less sincere than the screaming fury I witnessed before Jesse Lacey and Dustin Kensrue.

That being said, I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone has its fair share of redeeming qualities. While the overarching idea that fuels Crime In Stereo here is a little shakey, it’s hard to discredit them for a few distinct successful facets on I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone. For starters, the vocals are certainly dynamic and enjoyable. While the album’s pacing is a bit slipshod, the vocals provide a more steady foothold. Tracks like “I Am Everything I Am Not” have a great “Brand New - B-Side” quality to them. While Crime In Stereo certainly push their limits here, it’s pretty evident that I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone is an endeavor a smidgeon past their comfort zone; and in seeing this, their latest fails to fall in my comfort zone, too.



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SeaAnemone
February 16th 2010


20370 Comments


Here's my review of a new release.

Digging: Holy Sons - Lost Decade II

Ponton
Emeritus
February 16th 2010


5793 Comments


Hmm, have a stream? I think this is out the 23rd, according to wiki.

General press for this has been very good so far. Shame you didn't like it, good review Eric.

SeaAnemone
February 16th 2010


20370 Comments


shit. thanks, I totally thought it was today cuz I have a physical copy. my bad. I'll d this.

americanmusicmachine
February 16th 2010


3953 Comments


good review, I was lookin' forward to this I love '...is Dead'

AggravatedYeti
February 16th 2010


7685 Comments


good stuff. dont know the band

EVedder27
February 16th 2010


6088 Comments


Great review as always, band sounds interesting, but the rating will probably keep me away.

WeepingBanana
February 16th 2010


10159 Comments


these guys opened for Brand New with GlassJaw when i saw them. i thought they were great and i was gonna check them out. maybe i should start with something else

SeaAnemone
February 16th 2010


20370 Comments


Yeah, I can sympathize with those feelings WeepingBanana. This is a bit harsh, but I would start somewhere else.

LiquidVelvet
February 17th 2010


628 Comments


Don't stay away just cuz of the rating, I would at least give this a 4. It's inconsistent, but in an experimental way, not a frustrating way. Exit Halo is SO FUCKING COOL. If you haven't listened to them though, I recommend checking out their last album, Is Dead, first. Or at least the track 'XXXX (The First Thousand Years of Solitude)'

cvlts
February 17th 2010


8960 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

aw man, bummed about the review.

been a huge fan of their older melodic hardcore releases, and was letdown by ...Is Dead.
prolly gonna stay away from this... sucks. =[[

Kiran
Emeritus
February 19th 2010


6001 Comments


always found this band a bit boring

sexualsoybean
February 21st 2010


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listening to this now. His vocals already sound way different than whats found on Is Dead. Sounds like hes doing his best Jesse Lacey impersonation on this.

Ill give em a chance though because ive been following these guys for awhile.

sexualsoybean
February 21st 2010


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also whats with that god awful album artwork

PMS5405C
March 27th 2010


14 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I might like this more because I haven't heard The Troubled Stateside in full, but this is a lot more like Brand New than what I've heard from them before.

StarsAtDawn
March 31st 2010


18 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just found out they had a new one out. initially i am pretty turned off by this but am thinking i could warm up to it after a few listens. glad to see the reworked "dark island city". the last track is a nice closer.

StarsAtDawn
April 1st 2010


18 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also, as far as the Jesse Lacey impressions I agree, but right from the get-go of "Drugwolf" I'm hearing Conor Oberst all over.

Ulsufyring
April 10th 2010


1724 Comments


guys were pretty good live


RyanDonahoe
May 13th 2010


142 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Crime in Stereo and Glassjaw made Brand New look like shit when I saw the three bands live this fall. That being said I never understood why people were let down by "...Is Dead'. I think its their best album, they did something different with hardcore while still keeping the energy. That being said this album didn't seem nearly as memorable, but still pretty decent.

louie772
November 12th 2010


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How the fuck does this get such a low rating? This is pretty consistant, after Young it all comes together perfectly. For me at least.

Hospital
January 3rd 2013


2058 Comments


love this



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