Isles and Glaciers
The Hearts of Lonely People


1.5
very poor

Review

by David Driver USER (75 Reviews)
March 9th, 2010 | 72 replies | 19,214 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Painfully dull and hopelessly straight-forward, Isles and Glaciers is yet another "supergroup" where the sum does not equal the parts.

8 of 10 thought this review was well written

Back in 2008, fans of post-hardcore got a little treat when the formation of Isles & Glaciers was announced, notably because the band would be fronted by the vocal efforts of both Craig Owens and Johnny Craig. These guys, alongside some key members of Pierce the Veil and others rounding out the mix, absolutely had the talent to produce a remarkable effort, and thus the hype started to build. After much anticipation and delay, their debut EP, The Hearts Of Lonely People, has finally been released. Did this post-hardcore supergroup live up to its potential?

It’s understandable that all the hype of this group can be focused squarely on the vocals, since Craig Owens and Johnny Craig are some of the two, if not the two, best voices of the genre (and Vic Fuentes, who offers back-up vocals, isn’t too shabby either). But while the vocals are absolutely a highlight and unquestionably the best thing about these songs, the downfall of this EP lies squarely on the shoulders of the music: outside of the vocals, The Hearts Of Lonely People largely has no point, simply because the music on this EP takes a backseat and rarely makes any attempt to be interesting. “Hills Likes White Elephants” brilliantly showcases the band’s fatal flaw, as the song only has the vocal hooks to keep it afloat while the music irrelevantly wanders back and forth between guitars, electronic drums and strings. Great vocals can be a big boost for a band, but it absolutely cannot save music that’s as bland and unimaginative as this.

But as great as the vocals are, that's not to say that they are absolutely flawless. The chorus vocal hook in “Clush”, introduced at 1:15 into the song, helplessly reminds me of the chorus vocal hook to Jordin Sparks’s “Tattoo”, which gives the song a real amateur feel. Both “Empty Sighs and Wine” and “Viola Lion” have above-average choruses, but the songs really lack in the verses with half-hearted performances. Really, “Cemetery Weather” is the only time the vocals get to shine on the entire EP, since it’s more of a ballad and has the atmosphere to let the vocals carry the mood, and they do a great job in doing so. The song itself, however, loses momentum in the last three minutes when the vocals drop out in favour of the continuous churning of electronics and a half-assed whammy pedal guitar line that nonchalantly closes out the song. It seems that whenever the vocals step up to the occasion on this EP, all the music does is drag them down considerably.

But the most annoying thing about The Hearts Of Lonely People is not the boring music, rather it’s the existence of electronic drums and noises alongside the actual drums: this EP is absolutely soaked in glitchy flutterings and pops, creating such a convoluted, erratic soundscape that it just comes off as irritating more often than not. It’s such a needless addition that it just begs the question of why it was included in the first place. The spastic beats add absolutely nothing to the music, and the exaggeration of the electronics really is the element that pushes the whole thing off the brink.

In the end, The Hearts Of Lonely People only really testifies to the talents of the two lead singers; Craig Owens and Johnny Craig could sing over someone head butting a broken guitar and still manage to make it sound half-decent, and honestly, this EP isn't too far away from that scenario. Strong vocals accompanied by weak, flavourless music can only get you so far, and the only thing that Isles & Glaciers accomplishes is showing that a good vocalist isn’t the only thing you need to make a successful effort.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Beauville88
March 9th 2010



209 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Hopefully all the twelve-year-olds don't get too mad at me for this!

Homewrecker
March 9th 2010



231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was kinda looking forward to this in an "oh god I hope no one sees" guilty pleasure way. Hope it's not as bad as you say.

DeleriumTrigger
March 9th 2010



416 Comments


I knew this was going to be bad.

sneasy
March 9th 2010



201 Comments


Heard Viola Lion off this and it sounded alright to me...each to his own i guess, still haven't got around to listening to the rest of it though.

cvlts
March 9th 2010



8917 Comments


Fuck you, David


Pos

Digging: Pedro the Lion - It's Hard To Find A Friend

HenchmanOfSanta
March 9th 2010



1656 Comments


Hopefully all the twelve-year-olds don't get too mad at me for this!
You're the one that suggested Craig Owens is a good singer.

Dryden
March 9th 2010



12813 Comments


looooooool

mmfarva
March 9th 2010



1352 Comments


Chiodos and Emarosa are post hardcore?

Comatorium.
March 9th 2010



4008 Comments


not that bad bro

elephantREVOLUTION
March 9th 2010



2702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

really good review.

Digging: IDYLLS - Prayer For Terrene

PirateSquid
March 9th 2010



1881 Comments


This group isn't really Post-Hardcore. It's virtually powerpop.
And Craig Owens sucks.

Jonny Craig and Vic Fuentes are good though. The latter better in doses.

Beauville88
March 9th 2010



209 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

You're the one that suggested Craig Owens is a good singer.


Touché.

shortone323
March 9th 2010



883 Comments


Good review. Still gonna check this out eventually though.

dswhite85
March 9th 2010



12 Comments


This review is purely someone's opinion that I must respectfully disagree with, ha-ha.

xxKillWithASmile
March 9th 2010



240 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I really like Clush and Hills Like White Elephants, but the rest of the album kinda struggles. Cemetary Weather isn't too bad either, but I have trouble getting through the whole song. Great review though.

Kronzo
March 9th 2010



977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is interesting with a lot of catchy moments. The instrumentation can be kind of boring though

sspedding
March 9th 2010



4715 Comments


Good review though I think this gonna be good.

xxKillWithASmile
March 9th 2010



240 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Now that I've listened through a couple of the songs paying more attention to the instrumentation, it is hella bland for the most part. I think my leak also has some problems though because the quality feels like it leaves a lot to be desired.

Comatorium.
March 9th 2010



4008 Comments


its not bad at all, and the vocals are good. but its just sort of average in every other way

CrimsonChin
March 9th 2010



116 Comments


good review, but i don't think it's that bad, it's a pretty fun listen



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