Victor! Fix the Sun
Retracable Claws


2.0
poor

Review

by ShadowAmI USER (6 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2010 | 59 replies | 4,434 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best parts of this album overshadow the rest which shows that Retractable Claws could have been a lot more than it is.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Retractable Claws is the perfect example of a good idea and a horrible execution. They play mathcore which is quite reminiscent of the post rock brand of screamo. This mix of genres is just fine by itself, and the main flaw of this album is that the band tries way too hard to break boundaries by (kind of) adding a more progressive aspect to it. As you would expect from a band releasing their very first album, they fail. On top of that, they continually make simple mechanical errors while trying to play their instruments. One would assume that a band, who thinks they are ready to release their first full length LP, would at least know how to play their own songs. They play math music, but every time they try to change time signatures the transition sounds sloppy and lazy. This is mostly thanks to the drummer, Jeff Kraus, who seems to get lost a lot in the music. He is the sole cause of the band members losing sync with each other throughout the album.

Like I previously stated, it seems like Victor! Fix the Sun try way too hard add a progressive aspect to their music. For example, in most if not all of the songs on the album there is some obnoxiously long, drawn out middle section. These long boring middle sections kill every song on the album, save for the last song, and take up so much of the music that the songs don't actually contain that much yelling/screaming. I wouldn't have a problem with this except for the fact that the vocalist is arguably the best aspect to the band. Don't get me wrong, the vocalist is not amazing, it is just that he is the only member of the band that doesn't screw up constantly. While listening to Retractable Claws there is the constant thought that in one of their band practices, one of the band members suggested that they wanted to try and make the music more progressive.

Retractable Claws is by no means a horrible album. In fact if the musicians themselves didn't make so many careless mistakes it would probably even be good. "A Different Shade of Blue Turned Grayscale" and " ...Two Fingers Twisted in the Middle" are great tracks that show some real potential. The former still has the long, boring, drawn out middle section, but the latter does not. The best thing about these two songs is that they are both basically mistake free and not nearly as sloppy as the rest of the record. At least the band ends it on a good note, which counts. Also, it would have been better if they would have more vocals since Ryan Martin (vocals) sounds fairly good. I would describe his style as kind of like Aaron Weiss on A to B: Life if he sounded more emotive. But seriously, if you want to listen to this album don't bother with the whole thing. Just listen to the last track eight times. That track is awesome and it is what this album could have been if it weren't for all the suck.

Final Rating: 2



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ShadowAmI
July 3rd 2010



1542 Comments


i hope this one gets some attention, i think its my best so far :p

cirq
July 3rd 2010



9263 Comments


okay, i was gonna read this.... until i saw that effin 2

ShadowAmI
July 3rd 2010



1542 Comments


read it anyway please, btw i actually like them its just a few things reallyyyy turned me off of this album.

ShadowAmI
July 3rd 2010



1542 Comments


i also might have exaggerated my rating a little bit since i was trying to write a negative review

Locrian
July 3rd 2010



1003 Comments


Aside from a couple of run-on sentences it's a nice review.

ShadowAmI
July 3rd 2010



1542 Comments


thank you locrian and which sentences are run-on?

Locrian
July 3rd 2010



1003 Comments


"The former still has the long, boring, drawn out middle sections that I was talking about but the latter does not and they are both basically mistake free and not nearly as sloppy as the rest of the record."

"But seriously, if you want to listen to this album don't bother with the whole thing and just listen to the last track eight times since that track is awesome and it is what this album could have been if it weren't for all the suck."

Split those up and you're fine.

ShadowAmI
July 3rd 2010



1542 Comments


fixed, thanks

Locrian
July 3rd 2010



1003 Comments


No problem, glad to help.

bailar11
July 3rd 2010



2433 Comments


nice review. enrique cant really seem to get into this one.

ShadowAmI
July 3rd 2010



1542 Comments


thanks enrique. hey one of my friends told me to check out your new single the other day, thought youd like to know

bailar11
July 3rd 2010



2433 Comments


thats good to know. i may pos you for that alone.

ShadowAmI
July 3rd 2010



1542 Comments


you do ill like it

....pun

bailar11
July 3rd 2010



2433 Comments


just fix a few of the small grammatical things and enrique promises to.

ShadowAmI
July 3rd 2010



1542 Comments


editing now

ShadowAmI
July 3rd 2010



1542 Comments


any better?

bailar11
July 3rd 2010



2433 Comments


yes a bit but...

On top of that, they continuously make simple mechanical errors while trying to play their instruments.


continually

One would assume that a band who thinks they are ready to release their first full length LP would at least know how to play their own songs.


comma before 'who' and after 'LP'

They play math music but every time they try to change time signatures the transition sounds sloppy and lazy.


comma before 'but'

For example, in most if not all of the songs on the album there is some obnoxiously long, drawn out middle section.


comma before 'if' and after 'all'

These long boring middle sections kill every song on the album save the last song, and take up so much of the music on the album that the songs don't actually contain that much yelling/screaming


comma after 'album' and then add 'for' after save. and having 'on the album' twice sounds repetitive.

Don't get me wrong, the vocalist is not amazing its just that he is the only member of the band that doesn't screw up constantly.


change 'its' to 'it is' and add a comma after 'amazing'


bailar11
July 3rd 2010



2433 Comments


There are a few songs on the album that are only not good because of this. While listening to Retractable Claws there is the constant thought that in one of their band practices, one of them suggested that they wanted to try and make the music more progressive.


first sentence sounds awkward. rewrite it. second sentence needs 'one of them' changed to something like 'one of the band members' to specify more clearly to whom you are referring.

Retractable Claws is by no means a horrible album, in fact if the music didn't contain so many careless mistakes it would probably even be good.


separate into two sentences. new one should start at 'in fact'. and add a bit more detail to the new second sentence.

A Different Shade of Blue Turned Grayscale and ...Two Fingers Twisted in the Middle are great tracks that show some real potential.


put song names in "quotations" (like that)

The former still has the long, boring, drawn out middle sections that I was talking about but the latter does not.


'sections' should be singular. and omit 'that i was talking about' and add a comma before 'but'

I would describe his style as kind of like Aaron Weiss on A to B: Life if he sounded more emotive.


this is more a sputnik thing, but put A to B: Life in italics.

But seriously, if you want to listen to this album don't bother with the whole thing and just listen to the last track eight times. That track is awesome and it is what this album could have been if it weren't for all the suck.


omit 'and' and make a new sentence starting with 'just'


bailar11
July 3rd 2010



2433 Comments


if enrique is to teach one thing from this, it is that you should know where to use your commas

ShadowAmI
July 3rd 2010



1542 Comments


ahh thank you very much. even though that seems like way too many commas :/



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