The Birthday Massacre
Pins and Needles


4.5
superb

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
October 7th, 2010 | 10 replies | 2,747 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Birthday Massacre does it again...

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

As someone who takes pride in their musical taste and variety, it is not usual for me to really hook onto an album after first listen. I tend to spend at least two or three full spins of an album before it either becomes a staple of my rotation, or drops off my musical map. The newest album from Toronto based band The Birthday Massacre, has thrown this theory for a loop.

Pins and Needles, the fourth album from the band, is a wonderful mixture of meandering synth-work, rhythmic guitars, and beautiful vocals. From the opening notes of “In the Dark” to the final sounds of “Secret”, The Birthday Massacre provides a textbook lesson in writing catchy, melodic gothic rock songs. The obvious highlight of the band is the vocals of Chibi. She is one of my favorite female vocalists, and doesn’t disappoint on this release. Her vocals soar throughout the album, and are especially high quality on “Shallow Grave” and “Sideways”. Another high point of the album is the keyboard work. Every track bristles with unique and melodic keyboard work, which really sets the mood of Pins and Needles.

For as much as I love this album, it is not perfect by any means. Outside of the vocals and keyboards, the musical aspect of this album is not technical at all. The guitars play simple melodies and chords and the bass and drums follow along, not doing anything really intriguing, this makes every song sound relatively similar, but the vocals and keys make enough of a distinction between songs. The intro to “Sideways” and a few riffs in “Midnight” are the only guitar parts that really stuck with me throughout the album.

If you like any sort of gothic rock, industrial, or just catchy music in general, then The Birthday Massacre will more then satisfy you with Pins and Needles. Although not as near perfect as their previous, Walking With Strangers, The Birthday Massacre puts out a solid album that will grab your attention and not let go.



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pizzamachine (4.5)
Pins and Needles is more or less what you would expect from The Birthday Massacre, except that this ...

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WhiteWallStargazers
October 7th 2010



2647 Comments


Holy lot shorter then I thought. . whatever, had it done for awhile, figured I'd throw it up here

pizzamachine
October 7th 2010



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice and short review, pos! Funny that I posted my review for this yesterday.

WhiteWallStargazers
October 7th 2010



2647 Comments


Haha your review is what reminded me that I had yet to post this

pizzamachine
October 7th 2010



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hahaha I figured so! It's pretty cool that you jumped on the review boat, this band barely gets reviews.

WhiteWallStargazers
October 7th 2010



2647 Comments


I know, they don't get enough love

Gyromania
October 7th 2010



15503 Comments


You should re-word the first sentence to "As someone who takes pride in their musical taste... Good review though, pos'd. There are three good reviews for this now, and I wanted to write one, but pizzamachine pretty much said everything I wanted to say.

pizzamachine
October 7th 2010



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Me and my big mouth.

WhiteWallStargazers
October 7th 2010



2647 Comments


Thanks Gyro, I didn't catch that

bloc
October 7th 2010



34774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Band destroys me

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Willie
Moderator
October 18th 2010



15912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

meandering synth-work ... I don't know if "meandering" is the right word to describe it, but decent review. These guys have definitely been growing in popularity.

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