Circa Survive
Blue Sky Noise


1.0
awful

Review

by ObjectivismIsALie USER (3 Reviews)
May 17th, 2010 | 75 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


Music aficionados nowadays seemingly equate Circa Survive's success with the fact that well, Anthony Green is in it, so in turn, his adenoidal croon must mark the work of an invaluable contemporary work. As evidenced by the events surrounding his most notorious anecdote (yes I'm referring to his split with Saosin, call me generic), Anthony Green's name will seemingly never go away; and it seems as though no matter how much detractors complain, his fan base grows larger and sturdier. Perhaps this is due to his many side-projects and his contributions to many genres (or more precisely, his contributions to many variants of two genres: indie and pop-punk); and if it is so, then good for him. He's discovered the merits of diversity. Unfortunately, nothing about Circa Survive's latest work is diverse, unless we choose to compare it to the band's former works, Juturna and On Letting Go.

Simply put, Circa Survive have completely abandoned their former “progressive” style in order to craft “innovative” pop. Now, why must the words “innovative” and “progressive” be used in such a sarcastic manner (henceforth the quotes if you were really that thick)? Well, it's because Circa Survive may have experienced a stylistic shift, but they continue to practice ignorance in what these two terms actually mean. Watching the band incorporate a completely inappropriate metal or tribal trait is like watching a six-year-old child run into an Economics class proclaiming that nickels hold more intrinsic value as currency simply because they're larger. Simply put, neither of these traits make music progressive, experimental, or avant-garde in the slightest. That fact becomes glaringly obvious when you realize what music is featured on Blue Sky Noise.

In the simplest of terms, Circa Survive have rehashed the worst of the genre (we're talking bout The Audition bad) and combined it into utterly predictable, completely trite offerings to their scene-beloved heroes. It seems that Circa Survive's most unfortunate mantra has remained palpable when examining Blue Sky Noise on even a cursory level. This mantra is simple: take from the popular contemporaries and then convert it into something more tedious than its original form. Not a single moment on this album can't be traced back to a superior source. Similarly, these aforementioned sonic textures which many will claim to be experimental (okay distortion has been used in music for long now? How long have people juxtaposed tawdry takes on world music with mainstream genres? How long has blah blah... been included?) aren't up-to-par with their contemporaries'. As well, when Circa Survive try to force out innovation, the result is an awkward juxtaposition of cheap, half-baked ideas (see: “Imaginary Enemy”). Melodic pop-punk riffs sit jump to random acoustics or world-friendly tunes before jumping back to their original state, and so on and so forth. Similarly, the album jumps between different phases of alternative rock (solos from 1994-era alternative are abound) without anything to tie them together. But if there was a redeeming factor, all this would be ignorable. However, Circa Survive aren't really decent at doing anything. They're not original, they're not technical, they're not catchy, they're not even memorable. As I mentioned earlier, the band's success is due to Anthony Green's involvement in a bunch of other half-assed projects. And until people get over Green's appeal, Circa Survive will undeservedly ride the hype-train to success. I'd like to think I'm just a cynic trapped in his delusions, but I can't understand how anyone could remotely enjoy anything on this album, if only for a second.


user ratings (1663)
Chart.
4
excellent
other reviews of this album
1 of

Comments:Add a Comment 
sspedding
May 17th 2010


4780 Comments


superb review.

Digging: Devil Sold His Soul - Belong ? Betray

nastynick
May 17th 2010


853 Comments


Great review, disagree with the rating though

Romulus
May 17th 2010


8447 Comments


For a first review this is pretty great

ReturnToRock
May 17th 2010


3448 Comments


Great first, but:

- we're talking "A"bout The Audition bad
- punk pop riffs -(sit)- jump to...

other than those typos, great job!

adrianman
May 17th 2010


59 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

damn,
a 1?

Klekticist
May 17th 2010


1259 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

must be an alt account.
amazing review.

br00talexpress
May 17th 2010


47 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really disagree but good review.

Bulldog
May 17th 2010


3796 Comments


i predict MichaelJordan

IndieOut
May 17th 2010


498 Comments


Neg'd. You have outrageous allegations and you listed a grand total of 1 example, "imaginary enemy", without giving any reasons why the idea's are half baked.

if you are going to tear a band apart for being popular amongst scenesters, then you better make sure your arguements consist of what you claim circa survive can't acheive musically; make it convincing.

Prolapse
May 17th 2010


4370 Comments


I don't understand how this can possibly get a 1. I know about "everyone has their own opinion" and all that but come on a 1 is a bit extreme. Good review though

cvlts
May 17th 2010


8977 Comments


I kinda agree with IndieOut, but not gonna neg though, as a matter of fact I'll pos for the balls to do this.

For a first its good, but I would definately recommend beefin up a review like this if your gonna take on a fairly unanimously praised album.

Emim
May 17th 2010


26666 Comments


Obv an alt.

MrxSelfxDestruct
May 17th 2010


495 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Balls have nothing to do with writing an informative review. Neither does this rant. Neg'd.
Next time you rate something, provide an argument that reflects the score you give it.

Prolapse
May 17th 2010


4370 Comments


I hate when people make an account to make a negative review

Emim
May 17th 2010


26666 Comments


Mr Self Destruct is obv a fanboy.

Prolapse
May 17th 2010


4370 Comments


You look funny mr self destruct

MrxSelfxDestruct
May 17th 2010


495 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha, call me what you like, that's my opinion.

For the record though, no I'm not.

Prolapse
May 17th 2010


4370 Comments


lolwut

MrxSelfxDestruct
May 17th 2010


495 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I meant I'm not a fanboy. :P

Emim
May 17th 2010


26666 Comments


And I call you a fanboy.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy