mewithoutYou
Brother, Sister


5.0
classic

Review

by Alex Trinkner CONTRIBUTOR (73 Reviews)
July 30th, 2010 | 119 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In darkness a light shines on me, in darkness a light shines on you

It is my own personal belief (and maybe others as well) that the motives of the majority of bands that are currently making music are less then favorable. It’s so rare to find a band that makes music with true sincerity. Actually no, it’s not as much as writing with sincerity, but to create music with lack of insincerity. Certain bands decide that it is best to just sing about drugs and sex and the “rock and roll lifestyle”, while others decide that their music will be more personal. mewithoutYou is a band that for the last 8 years or so have created some of the most personal, the most honest music. There are little topics that the men in mewithoutYou are afraid to cover. Whether it’d be heartbreak (i.e. A to B: Life) or more pressing matters such as sexual abstinence in the song C Minor Aaron Weiss always manages to lure the listener in, and take them for a ride of a lifetime. With Brother, Sister, mewithoutYou’s third studio release, mewithoutYou manages to create one of, if not THE, best records to come out in a long, long time.

mewithoutYou is…
Aaron Weiss- Vocals
Mike Weiss- Guitar
Christopher Kleinberg- Guitar
Greg Jehanian- Bass
Ricky Mazzotta- Drums

Like I earlier stated, this is mewithoutYou’s third album, and with it as expected, their sound has changed from their previous releases. With Brother, Sister, mewithoutYou embraces more of the indie genre, while still maintaining some of their post-hardcore roots. The songs still manage to flow perfectly, as if the band creating them has been making music like this for countless years. The band does experiment with many different instruments throughout Brother, Sister. Harps can be heard in the song In A Sweater Poorly Knit, Aaron plays an accordion throughout the intro of In A Market Dimly Lit, and sleigh bells are other various percussion is also heard throughout the entire album. Messes Of Men is a great way to start of the album with a quiet spoken intro over rain and keyboards before exploding into a monstrous song about adultery using countless sailing metaphors. The song then flows perfectly into the next song, The Dryness and The Rain, which is one of two songs to feature guest vocalist Jeremy Enigk. The song is brilliant and also features a guitar solo and one of the catchiest bridges/clap tracks that also has some very excellent lyrics.

A fish swims through the sea
While the sea is, in a certain sense
Contained within the fish!
Oh, what am I to think
Of what the writing
Of a thousand lifetimes could not explain
If all the forest trees were pens
And all the oceans, ink?


The rest of the band is also so talented, but is often shadowed by their front man. Drummer Ricky Mazzotta constantly is changing tempos and time signatures so effortlessly that you may not even notice. There is never a boring “ordinary” drum beat to be found throughout. Guitarists Mike Weiss and Christian Kleinberg create less of an atmosphere this time around and decide to rely more of main riffs and hooks. Not to say that there still aren’t very atmospheric segments, such as the ending to In A Market Dimly Lit. Brother, Sister is bassist Greg Jehanian’s first record with mewithoutYou but he still is able to create very catchy and audible bass riffs throughout.

But as most people know mewithoutYou is a band that is most revered for their lyricist and front man Aaron Weiss. It wouldn’t be a mewithoutYou review without dedicating an entire paragraph to him. The lyrics that escape from Aaron’s mouth are pure poetry. Most of the songs dabble with religion, be it questioning God and all the motives behind Him or eventually accepting and believing. Aaron does sing a lot more on this release then previous releases, but don’t worry; his trademark shout/yell is still found often throughout. As mentioned in other reviews, Aaron’s voice manages to convey so many different emotions and all the time remaining so honest. There are songs where he is doubting, there are songs where he is believing. Songs where he is happy and songs where is very, very sad. The extent of his poetry is, in all honesty, mind blowing. I must imagine it takes him so long to write a single song, because every accented word, every voice squeak fits the music so perfectly.

Although I thoroughly enjoy every single song found on Brother, Sister my favorite is by far O, Porcupine. Every single aspect of the song is breathtaking. The song starts out with an interesting drumbeat quickly followed by guitars and Aaron’s constant ramblings. But about a minute in the entire song shifts, when the words All creation groaned are spoken followed by SHHHHHH and everything stops. Listen to it is whispered and the song picks back op again. O, Porcupine is a song that manages to contain 2 of my top ten moments in music. The first being the irony that is present when Aaron shouts You have a decent ear for notes, But you can't yet appreciate harmony followed by one of the most dissonant passages in mewithoutYou’s history. The second being the outro that once again features guest vocalist Jeremy Enigk. The ending is just so beautiful with Jeremy singing so emotionally in the background and Aaron shouting in the forefront:

I never gathered figs from a thorny branch,
I never picked a grapefruit off a bramble bush
and for the past five almost six years now!
you know you haven't once looked at me
with kindness in your eyes
you say Judas is a brother of mine?
but sister in our darkness a light shines
and all I ever want to say for the rest of my life
is how that light is God,
and though I've been mistaken on this or that point,
that light is nevertheless God.

This is just one of those moments in music that gives me goosebumps every single time I listen to it.

mewithoutYou is a band that does take multiple listens to actually appreciate. But I highly recommend that you do take the time, because I guarantee that Brother, Sister will be one of the best 43 minutes and 39 seconds that you will ever spend listening to music.



Recent reviews by this author
He Is Legend Heavy FruitGuest House I'll Get Over It I Guess
Trophy Scars Holy VacantsSeahaven Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only
Sleep Weather Two Wheels SpinningWe Are Scientists TV en Français
user ratings (1395)
Chart.
4.3
superb
other reviews of this album
Nevin (5)
Brother, Sister is a lyrical masterpiece....

FailureOnMyLips (5)
Philly's finest add another post-hardcore masterpiece to their impressive discography....

Channing Freeman STAFF (5)
The trap I set for you seems to have caught my leg instead....

NeverFading14 (4.5)
Their best work so far. Give it a listen at www.purevolume.com/mewithoutYou before purchasing their ...


Comments:Add a Comment 
atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2010


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Okay so before everyone tells me how this doesn't need another review and how horrible this one is, i don't care. this is going to be my last review and i decided that i wanted to review my favorite album of all time, regardless of what people would think. so yeah i'll still poke around from time to time, but i've just gotten sort of bored with reviewing...

anyway i would love for you guys to help me out with grammar mistakes and all of that good stuff

heyadam
July 31st 2010


1718 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I absolutely LOVE this album! uh small grammar change, at the end of the second line of the second paragraph there should be a comma after "Brother, Sister". Great review though, definite pos'

Digging: Casey Crescenzo - Amour and Attrition

Synesthete
July 31st 2010


240 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

pretty good review.

favorite album of all time.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2010


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks for the pos man

and yeah i'll fix that right now

heyadam
July 31st 2010


1718 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No problem man, this album is absolutely amazing. The end of "O, Porcupine" gives me shivers all of the time

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2010


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I know me too. it's honestly my favorite part in music lol

Satellite
July 31st 2010


20826 Comments


I'd drop the summary and the conclusion. It reads like more of an endorsement than a review. But otherwise this is good.

Pos'd.

Synesthete
July 31st 2010


240 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the ending of O, Porcupine is narrowly edged out by the ending of In a Sweater Poorly Knit imo

heyadam
July 31st 2010


1718 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

haha definitely a good favorite part of music ever. Plus A Sweater Poorly Knit is like an all time classic, it'll never get old

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2010


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

haha thanks man. i couldn't think of a summary so i just took the last line of my review. so i'll take it out now

fromtheinside
July 31st 2010


19029 Comments


ugh, album is disgustingly good. great review. missed seein you around.

Digging: Ibex Throne - Ibex Throne

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2010


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks. but yeah i just get kinda bored on here unless i'm finding new music. and i find it hard not to plagiarize myself with each new review, so i decided to kinda take a break

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2010


16787 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

it's weird, you'd think someone like me would have heard this by now. i have the first two tracks, i'll listen to them tonight and prolly dl the rest this weekend

Digging: Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy

fromtheinside
July 31st 2010


19029 Comments


you get that new touche amore / la dispute split?

and sowing season what the eff bro, stop what you're doing and dl this now.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2010


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

no i actually haven't yet cuz my computer has honestly 3mb of room left. so i need to clean it up a little before i get anything new. there's probably a huge virus somewhere...

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2010


16787 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i would fromtheinside but i have work in 6 hours and i haven't slept yet


is this so important that i should eliminate 2 hrs of sleep to dl this and listen immediately? actually, i don't care im probably doing it anyway...

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2010


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yes it's that important. i mean it's not like this has been out since like 2006 or anything

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2010


16787 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

sorry i spent all of 2006 listening to the devil and god are raging inside me :/

bailar11
July 31st 2010


2433 Comments


everytime i see you comment atrink i cant help but read your text in a shouted voice in my head cuz of your avatar.

DDconjoined
July 31st 2010


327 Comments


start of the review is a little scrambled man. and sounds a little rushed.. otherwise the latter is great. good album too.



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