Norma Jean
The Anti Mother


3.5
great

Review

by lostatsea88 USER (7 Reviews)
February 19th, 2010 | 4 replies | 1,400 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Norma Jean delivers a great record with a more experimental sound, however it may alienate long-time listeners. More for fans of Redeemer-era fans.

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Norma Jean have changed and evolved over time, there is no doubt of that. Many would argue that they are heading in a direction that is considered selling out, but I do not agree with that. From their interesting origins under the name Luti-Kriss, to the metalcore monsters that they became with their album Bless The Martyr and Kiss The Child, every album has been different. And that is in no way a bad thing.

The Anti Mother has a much more diverse sound that one would expect from such a visceral and aggressive band. There is a fair amount of melody that sneaks aboard this group of songs, and vocalist Cory Brandan relies on some help from contributing vocalists Cove Reber (Saosin), and the Deftones singer. There is a pervading sense that these guys are maturing immensely, and one can tell just by listening to the music itself. The lyrics are intense and passionate, as with any of their other releases. . Many people will be turned off by this album, as they experiment wildly in this release with no allegiance to their older sound;gone are the breakdowns that seemed to define their earlier work. A few noteworthy songs in which Norma Jean's experimentation pays off well are Surrender Your Sons, which starts off very slow and builds up into a noisy wall of a song; and also Murphy Was An Optimist. The song has a great hard rock riff that starts off the song, as well as sporting some of the greatest lyrics on the record.

Many fans will regard this as a step in a more commercial direction, but with the instrumentation and interplay between singing and screaming, I believe that they are simply just branching out and using more of their influences to crank out a more diverse record. It does not suffocate the listener with dissonant chord progressions and allows a more straight up rock sound to emerge.

In short, Norma Jean have released an interesting cd that will probably be more heralded in their discography once some time has passed. A good introduction to Norma Jean, but will most likely not be a fan favorite right away.



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TheWayfarerElectric
February 19th 2010



154 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

More for fans of Redeemer-era fans.

Typo

Norma Jean have changed and evolved over time, there is no doubt of that.

Semicolon between time and there.

Many would argue that they are heading in a direction that is considered selling out, but I do not agree with that.

Remove the first-person section; your review should explain your stance just fine.

From their interesting origins under the name Luti-Kriss, to the metalcore monsters that they became with their album Bless The Martyr and Kiss The Child, every album has been different.

Reviews are so much easier to read if you italicize album titles and put song names in quotes.

And that is in no way a bad thing.

Remove "And" or make this part of the previous sentence.

The Anti Mother has a much more diverse sound that one would expect from such a visceral and aggressive band.

Write more sentences like this. Though I disagree, the explanation is really nice.

There is a fair amount of melody that sneaks aboard this group of songs, and vocalist Cory Brandan relies on some help from contributing vocalists Cove Reber (Saosin), and the Deftones singer.

His name is Chino Moreno.

The lyrics are intense and passionate, as with any of their other releases. .

Typo

Many people will be turned off by this album, as they experiment wildly in this release with no allegiance to their older sound;gone are the breakdowns that seemed to define their earlier work.

Space after the semicolon.

A few noteworthy songs in which Norma Jean's experimentation pays off well are Surrender Your Sons, which starts off very slow and builds up into a noisy wall of a song; and also Murphy Was An Optimist.

It reads awkwardly. Also, the semicolon needs to be a comma.

The song has a great hard rock riff that starts off the song, as well as sporting some of the greatest lyrics on the record.

Why are the lyrics so great? Tell me that. Also, "great" becomes redundant.

cvlts
February 19th 2010



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TheWayfarerElectric? moar like TheWayfarerEditor

TheWayfarerElectric
February 19th 2010



154 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Many fans will regard this as a step in a more commercial direction, but with the instrumentation and interplay between singing and screaming, I believe that they are simply just branching out and using more of their influences to crank out a more diverse record.

Remove the first-person, as again, your review should explain that. Also, "many fans will regard" becomes redundant.

In short, Norma Jean have released an interesting cd that will probably be more heralded in their discography once some time has passed. A good introduction to Norma Jean, but will most likely not be a fan favorite right away.

Weak and abrupt closing.
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Make these corrections and I'll pos' in a heartbeat because for a first review, this is great.

TheWayfarerElectric
February 19th 2010



154 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

*blushes*



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