Tides of Man
Dreamhouse


3.5
great

Review

by Jacob R. STAFF
November 12th, 2010 | 98 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For every terrific song on Dreamhouse, there's a terrifically mediocre one waiting around the block...

Influences are always a very important part of who a band is. One has to start somewhere in the field of music in terms of finding something they generally enjoy, and then from there is where progress takes place, if the right intentions are had. This is where bands often lose their footing- some bands spend too much time writing inoffensive music, sticking to what they're used to, and others struggle finding their unique sound. This has to be noted, considering the immediate thought that entered my mind as I heard "Dreamhouse" was Tides of Man's influences, which are quite prevalent.

So, who DO they listen to? Well, I could hear vocals reminiscent of Coheed and Cambria's distinctive singer, Claudio Sanchez, as well as Anthony Green from Circa Survive. The guitar parts remind of Thomas Erak's from the Fall of Troy, in terms of their technical nature, and when "Dreamhouse" showcases its musicianship through more complex time signatures, bands like This Town Needs Guns come to mind.

Not bad influences, huh? All of these bands have their own style, and they came across their distinctive sound from growing with their influences. They found their place in the musical world, which is one thing that Tides of Man seem to be struggling with in their latest offering, "Dreamhouse".

For starters, the album is an incredibly top-heavy one. "Not My Love 2" is undeniably catchy and well-executed, and is followed by "Statues", a bluntly technical piece, in fact the one that convinced me to purchase this album. After that is "Home", which, despite its terribly over-used song name, displays Tides of Man doing what they're best at. These three songs set the bar terribly high, and sadly the rest of the album just does not deliver, and when it does, it's sporadic and uneven.

Don't get me wrong- "Dreamhouse" is a consistent album- it's consistently inconsistent. That's its biggest struggle; for me, I actually found that I thoroughly enjoy five songs out of the ten offered on the album, and I'm pretty apathetic about the other five. The fact that I can't really gleam much enjoyment out of half of the album is a grave concern! The one thing, though, that is consistent on the album is the impressive musicianship- these gentlemen can play their instruments. However, with songs like the unimpressive "Sunshine", there isn't any reason to listen again. It feels quite shallow and lacking in terms of substance, which is a shame considering the crazy amount of potential the band shows with "Statues" and "Not My Love 2".

"Salamanders and Worms" is a major highlight of the album. The instrumentation is top-notch in the song, as well as Tilian Pearson's vocals, and the frenetic bridge is undoubtedly one of the high points of the album. "A Faint Illusion" is also a very lovely song, with a beautiful intro that reminds me of "Rest Here My Brother" by Birds of Tokyo. The band shows their softer side with the song, and so it makes it all the more frustrating that the song loses a good bit of its steam with a cheesy part towards the end...

That's the thing with these guys. For every aspect of their music I enjoy, I can find something else that I really don't care for, and the two balance each other out. "Only Human", for instance, starts off a very promising, fun song, but directly after it is an uncomfortable softer part with the awkward lyrics "My guard is down and my insides are spilling from my stomach, and you grab a straw to slurp it up off the ground.", leading into an easily forgettable chorus. And the ending of the song, and album, just seems forced to me. The vocals also suffer in this part, attempting to sound strong but falter in the end, and all of these things leave the listener feeling quite underwhelmed. What happened with the album that began on such a high, promising note?

The powerful parts of "Dreamhouse", that being said, are very well-executed and are highly enjoyable, and the highs of the album are prominent ones. However, Tides of Man needs to be careful to put their best foot forward with their next release; they could be heading in a dangerous direction if they don't realize their mistakes on this album and try to counter them next time.

I think that in the meantime, I'll just listen to "Salamanders and Worms".



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Groink
November 12th 2010


768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review. I have this downloaded, just need to give it a listen.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2010


10207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Thank you, sir. Let me know what you think of the album when you hear it, I'm curious!
And nice dig, by the way. I've been listening to Underoath quite a bit in the past week, haven't heard their new one yet though.

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ANewTypeOfPunk
November 13th 2010


736 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

their new album is great.

this band is also great, i like echoes

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2010


10207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Oh, I'll be sure to check it out!
And I like particular parts of Echoes... The vocals in that song kinda don't agree with me. I guess it makes sense, because I always had issues with Claudio Sanchez's voice, haha.

BLUEOmni
November 13th 2010


684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, but I'd have to disagree with a lot of what you wanted improved. The only songs I
actually didn't enjoy were Dreamhouse and A Faint Illusion, and while the lyrics for Only Human were a
bit much, the chorus stuck with me. Sunshine was also another song I really enjoyed as the vocals were
really top notch. Overall, the cons for this album would bring Dreamhouse down to a 4 for me, but I
enjoyed the highlights way too much. So it remains a 4.5 for me.

JohnW
November 15th 2010


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

maybe I'm crazy but Chemical Fires is my favorite song on the album. :/

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2010


10207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

I guess it's all relative, which is interesting!
I'm glad to see that you guys enjoyed it though. I really, really wanted to like this more than I did, trust me...

DoubtGin
November 18th 2010


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is awesome


and Chemical Fires might be my favourite too

TomAkaVeto
November 23rd 2010


1641 Comments


I'm really not finding any songs on this that I don't like except for Salamanders and Worms.

DeathByDaydream
December 6th 2010


546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah Chemical Fires is soooooo kickass. I agree that the Only Human is the worst song on the album (I think somebody said that...). I think it isn't so much that it's a bad song, it just doesn't live up to the others. Doesn't help that it's the final song.

Scoot
December 6th 2010


17754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band is good

greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2010


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The music is cool. The vocals annoy the shit out of me though.

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PinkBlackberry
December 10th 2010


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck this CD is just growing hardcore on me.

It's so gooddddd

iamSeraph
December 21st 2010


863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

extremely enjoying this album atm.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2011


1992 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really love this whole album. Beats out Empire Theory by a long shot in my ears (though the original Not My Love is superior to Not My Love 2, I think). End of the album is a bit forced, but that's about it.

I love the vocals

PinkBlackberry
January 4th 2011


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They lost their vocalist, eh atomic? D:

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2011


10207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Wow, didn't see all these comments 'til now.
Yeah, what a coincidence that Tilian left the band. Perhaps he saw my review and got discouraged; I certainly wouldn't blame him.

BLUEOmni
January 20th 2011


684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Your review included lots of praise Omaha, and the negatives would only have made Tilian work harder. So don't worry, it wasn't your review "^_^

It is a shame though. Tilian was a rarity in the post-hardcore movement. Most of the singers in this genre either have a shrill girly voice, or a crappy imitation of Jonny Craig or Anthony Green's voice. Hopefully Tilian's joined another band with just as much promise as this one, because I surely don't want to have lost him for good.

PinkBlackberry
January 20th 2011


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He's joining Saosin...I think

if he is...I'm stoked

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2011


10207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Why thank you BLUEOmni! :D
That would be really neat if he were to join Saosin. When everybody comes to us saying "Whoa, where'd this guy come from?", we could look incredibly all-knowing and point out Tides of Man. I'm all for appearing to be all-knowing.



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