Acres.
Silos


4.5
superb

Review

by Eno USER (34 Reviews)
August 31st, 2010 | 27 replies | 8,916 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The most moving, unimportant release of 2010.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

I cannot stress how ridiculously hard it is to write about a band like Acres. I could take the namedropping route and point out that these teenagers from New Jersey pull off the emo-ish sort of melodic guitar interplay nearly as perfect as pioneers American Football, that the melodies hit home with as much emotive delicateness as Empire! Empire! I Was A Lonely Estate(this is all true, but I can't say it does much as far as getting somebody to listen to this). I could break down the technical proficiency of this band and juxtapose general cathartic description with quick references to the most fulfilling musical moments, but that course is becoming old. There's no backdrop for this album, and the story behind the band is no different from every other hardcore group that started in their teen years. The fact is that Acres. are obscure as fuck and no matter what sort of contrived hype and overexcited hyperbole I conjure, most people who need to hear this will not.

And maybe the ignorable qualities to such a record lay on the forefront; though the playing is undoubtedly pretty and the record is admirably in sync for a hardcore band, Silos is, on first impression, just another emo record. First-time listeners who've heard it all may find no depth in this record, but underneath the amount of sincerity on this album is unbearable. And one may discover this if they manage to get past the gruff barks of the vocalist and delve into the lyrics, which drive and put context to the music in a subtle, yet heart-felt way. And the vocalist doesn't fully come off as an emotive genius, opening up the record with typical shouted self-pitied lyrics. However as each section of "I've Met My Maker" flows into another, the vocals get more relatable as the music builds. The lyrics touch upon more and more child-like angst as the guitars get more dynamic, in such a direct and intentional way that it manages to completely strip itself of pretense, wallowing in it's own realized musical story. And all of the pained, yet beautiful songwriting manages to culminate in the most simplistic duet of sung and spoken vocals that the amount of nostalgia released in such an innocent change becomes unreal:

[pulled from]
all of my old toys
[you gave]
when I was your boy
[hold me]
tightly one more time
[one more time]
I know that I'm grown, but you can still pick me up


And the themes, though tastefully covered, are devoid of any hidden metaphoric blabber or arty non-sequiturs, so that there's an accumulated sense of relatability, as the singer's barks of dread and longing become more frantic and honest as the album progresses. As tales of wasted time and hesitance are rapidly released, the instruments drive along with an equal amount of passion. As the vocalist whispers "but like any child there's a duality to my emotions, a side that needs to hold on, a side that needs to let go" on "Fortune Tellers", the atmospheric guitars build around it in a sympathetic lull of simplicity. And all of the emotions that are so tastefully dealt with throughout the three opening tracks finally culminate in the blissfully well-written "Your House Song". The songwriting is superb, delving through angular verses that build up into rushed, melodic riffage and finally fall into the spectacular chorus of "I know/your house/echoes/our song". And instead of leaving it with a gem of a chorus, all the childish worries and tales of the record seem to all culminate in the uncontrived, rough climax of Silos.

Perhaps what drives my rating up is how agreeable the content of this album is under such odd circumstances. There's something deeper to revel in hearing a teenager shout about father issues, to hear such unpretentious honesty being let out over nostalgic kinsella noodling. It's the very passionate tension, the emotions on this record that drive me to find somebody else as moved as myself. And that's essentially what emo is all about, ultimately. It's the sound of somebody sharing their worries over frenetic music, for others who can relate to revel in. As humans we all yearn for a sense of kinship, that we can connect with strangers who might share the same passions, tastes, problems, dreams. And if you have ever wanted to write a ridiculously personal and outspoken piece about an album that you want everyone to hear, please check out this album. I'm sure you'll find a redeemable quality if you let it sink in.



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Crowe
August 31st 2010



435 Comments


omg first

Enotron
August 31st 2010



7695 Comments

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point out errors, they are bound to be there seeing as how sloppy I wrote this and how unprofessional it is.

however I give you my word that this is my most honest review yet. critique away.

SeaAnemone
August 31st 2010



19727 Comments


my name's Eric and I haven't heard this yet

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Enotron
August 31st 2010



7695 Comments

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summery, emotive sort of midwestern emo(sounds sort of like american football, but a bit rougher)

crowe: who are we now, bulldog?

Enotron
August 31st 2010



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eric: i actually really want you to love this

Crowe
August 31st 2010



435 Comments


lol bulldog

nope

Romulus
August 31st 2010



8411 Comments


my name's Ryan and I think you should review more

Enotron
August 31st 2010



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awww thanks rom!

Enotron
August 31st 2010



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http://www.myspace.com/acresbandnj

band posted download link on their myspace

Enotron
August 31st 2010



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josh: don't understand, the link should be there

and thanks chambered, it was really due on my part

edit: oh yeah, there are samples on their myspace

Enotron
August 31st 2010



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hey read the edit

edit: i'm not that slow, sheesh

Enotron
August 31st 2010



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yeah pretty much. I have trouble from time to time pinpointing their direct influences, seeing as I'm not as much of an emohead as people like sea.

the first song is actually becoming my favorite, I just didn't delve too far into it when I would listen because I didn't like the opening verse.

Enotron
August 31st 2010



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so glad I wrote this

: )

and I know that this is basically gonna be like "my" record and that everybody else will be in the 3.5-4 range, but I just needed to get this out

liledman
September 1st 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review man, these guys are pretty sweet.

STOP SHOUTING!
September 1st 2010



631 Comments


nice review eno. don't know if i can be bothered to listen to it, but u make it sound like i'm missing out.

Enotron
September 1st 2010



7695 Comments

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probably won't stun you, but it won't hurt

SeaAnemone
September 19th 2010



19727 Comments


the barky vocals aren't quite tickling my 'good music bone' but I reeeaaalllyyy love the melodies on here 2 songs through

SeaAnemone
September 20th 2010



19727 Comments


am I safe posting here, Eno? haha

after 2 listens my opinion up there is basically solidified. The vocals aren't doing a whole lot for me but the fantastic melodies and guitar interplay or whatever are fantastic... push this from a 3 to a 3.5. I haven't listened to anything emo in a while, but this was surprisingly fun

Enotron
September 20th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

cool, cool. I can get down with that.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
December 2nd 2010



7021 Comments


Haven't listened to this yet, but I'm forming my 2010 list and this seems like the perfect album to check out.

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