Loose Lips Sink Ships
The Contemporary Issues of Celibacy


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ty USER (11 Reviews)
November 4th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Listening to this is like trying to cram a bunch of acorns into a sock filled with Jell-O.

This album is insane, seriously insane. It sounds very similar to math rock in some areas, while in others, it consists of heavy post-rock. It's all over the place, all of the time. Every single song on this album almost lacks a flow and structure. However, at the same time, the band manages to create a barely standing structure and flow out of the insanity. I still cannot figure out why this album sounds good, I still cannot figure out why I enjoy it. Perhaps I have lost my musical sanity. That must be it. How could this possibly so great? I really don't know, but somehow, it is.

This is schizophrenia in the form of music. It works somehow. No, actually, it doesn't work. What am I even saying? This is pure disarray, I don't even know what's going on here. There are dolphin noises in one of the songs. DOLPHIN NOISES! No joke. There's really not a bit of rhyme or reason here, not at all. Every song starts out fast, or slow, or maybe in between; then each song might lead into a mathy section, or totally break down into something insane, or just pure static. Not one of the songs sounds like another song. Are they really even songs? I don't even know. I don't know what this is. I don't even think Loose Lips Sink Ships knows what this is. Maybe this is what it sounds like when the cerebral complexes of a musical group collide with each other. I really don't know.
It's a good sound though, no matter how insane it is. A crazy sound? Sure. A sound that shouldn't sound good? Yeah, definitely. A sound that's amazing? You've got that right.

Loose Lips Sink Ships has broken the boundaries of post-rock since they were mere pups, with their debut release of Puptent. However, even that album still had some of the quiet-loud-quiet structures that are so familiar in post-rock. The Contemporary Issues of Celibacy completely does away with any formula or structure. It substitutes the classic post-rock formula with a quiet-or loud- or sort of loud- why don't we put this sound here- crazy guitar riffs here- 23/8 beat here- end it with some random noises- "Lets throw in a dolphin." formula. As I've said so many times, it's pure insanity. However, this insanity sounds so good.

The opening seconds of the first song of the album, "Oh, Debit!" sound like something that Volcano Choir would do, with a sort of haunting, soft choir. This gives the listener the impression that this album will make sense and be very laid-back. However, Loose Lips Sink Ships flip that thought entirely on its side. This whole album is just a strange paradox. But is it even paradoxical in anyway? Not really. But, it sure sounds like a paradox. Each song gets stranger and stranger. The first few intro songs stick to a fairly normal format, but then the rest of the songs just go off the tracks in every way imaginable. Especially " Ch-Change In Vulture-Dolphin Pa-Patterns." That song is easily the most random song I have ever heard. When I first listened to it, I actually laughed. It's rare when an album makes you laugh because it's so unique and random. This isn't an album that is laughably bad in any way shape or form, however. It is simply so unorthodox that it is easy to smile, or laugh, a few times while one is listening to The Contemporary Issues of Celibacy.

I really don't know what insanity goes through Loose Lips Sink Ships' heads, but it's a good insanity. They lack seriousness in such a lighthearted way, that it just makes this album such a pleasing listen. However, just because these guys lack seriousness does not mean they lack talent. The arpeggios on this album are incredible, the guitar rhythms are fantastic, and the drum beats are always somehow in-sync with the spastic guitars. All in all, this is a very well done album.

Even if this is schizophrenic post-rock with a little twist of math rock, it is still an extremely good album. It may be a little quirky, but that quirkiness makes this album stand out. This band has potential. Hopefully, they can save the increasingly generic genre of post-rock.

And finally, this album is available for free at Loose Lips Sink Ships' bandcamp. Here: http://looselipssinkships.bandcamp.com/album/the-contemporary-issues-of-celibacy

(And, as was pointed out to me by a comment, this album is a split with El Pin Meldou, just a side-note. )



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North0House
November 4th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really have no idea why the album art is not showing up. I've tried redoing the .jpg file I uploaded, and even tried another one... Ah well.

dylanthedesertpea
November 4th 2010


587 Comments


hahaha i love the summary.

cvlts
November 4th 2010


8967 Comments


LOL loose lips sinks ships

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2010


8371 Comments


have some artwork

North0House
November 4th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol thanks.

Haha, yeah, I love their band name.

North0House
November 4th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah hey thanks, the artwork's finally showing up now. I dunno what was with that.

cvlts
November 4th 2010


8967 Comments


fall out boy anyone?

dylanthedesertpea
November 4th 2010


587 Comments


XO!!! fall out boy 4 LIF

weird album art btw

North0House
November 4th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lulz.

Haha, I know, for sure. This whole band is weird. I mean, look at the song titles. lol.

FelixCulpa
November 4th 2010


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Umm you know you didn't mention this is a split with El Pin Meldou. I was just checking the bandcamp site. Maybe fix that?

Otherwise I liked your review. Will check em out!

North0House
November 4th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh right, I totally spaced that El Pin Meldou was on this. :P Thanks for reminding me. Haha. I'll add them in.

Thanks.

Definitely do that, they're well worth the listen.

Foxhound
November 4th 2010


4570 Comments


[IMG]http://www.thesirenssound.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/loose-lips-sink-ships-the-contemporary-issues-of-celibacy.jpg[/IMG]

North0House
November 4th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That thing stares into my soul.

dylanthedesertpea
November 4th 2010


587 Comments


wtf s it? is it supposed to be a bear face?

Avirov
November 5th 2010


1206 Comments


This is excellent music. Good review, Ty, love how much personality you put in it.

North0House
November 5th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dylanthedesertpea: I really have no clue, I'm pretty sure it's like a man with a polar bear face. lol.

Avirov: Hey thanks! lol. I'm still trying to iron out my review styles and stuff, but thanks lol. And it's definitely good music, for sure, I love these guys, they're a great band.

DoubtGin
November 5th 2010


6752 Comments


review isnt good because you completely forgot about one band; tracks 5 to 8 are from El Pin Meldou (a simple message at the end wont do).. you even mention a song by them but not the band, making it look like its a song by Loose Lips Sink Ships

but not neggin

North0House
November 5th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I know about that. I honestly didn't want to rewrite the review for that. I didn't even realize that those songs were by El Pin Meldou until a commenter mentioned it. I know it kinda screws up the whole review. I looked up El Pin Meldou though, and it seems like they either collabed with LLSS on the last few songs, or they simply have an incredibly similar sound.
But yeah, good point.

North0House
November 5th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Actually, I probably will add in the contributions of El Pin Meldou, just not yet. I'm too busy to revise a review at the moment.

arabonradar88
November 9th 2010


2 Comments


[img]http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c126/myironlung1996/cover.jpg[/img]
Loose Lips Sink Ships / Victor Villarreal
Eating Happens [7"]
August 27th, 2010
Whaleplane Records (WHLPLN015)

01. Loose Lips Sink Ships - Sarah Palin's Parasailing (4:18)
02. Victor Villarreal - Prophesying Hypothesis (3:34)

http://www.mediafire.com/?dqias19empczqko

"Eating Happens" is a limited split 7" of 500 hand-numbered records.
You can order a copy through http://looselipssinkships.bandcamp.com




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