Attack in Black
Marriage


5.0
classic

Review

by Spec USER (44 Reviews)
December 1st, 2010 | 36 replies | 6,373 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Regardless of your genre preferences, you owe this band a listen.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

When was the last time you heard an album so emotionally engaging and touching that you could remember exactly what you were doing every time you listened to it? When was the last time you were able to interpret so much meaning in an artist's lyrics? For me, the answer is 2007's 'Marriage' by Canadian band, Attack In Black. The first time I heard the album I was at a point where it seemed that the whole alt/indie genre was being swept into a wave of genericness. I was on the verge of giving into it until I heard "Young Leaves" at a friends request. I was instantly blown away by the song, it took no getting used to whatsoever. There is no easy way to justify such a bold opening other than sending you on a field trip down to your local record store to pick up the album.

Marriage kicks off with the passionate and well written track ‘Come What May.’ The listener will already have a good idea what their in for as my personal favorite, ‘Young Leaves‘ follows on the second track. The catchy chorus is sure to have you singing along the first or second time you hear it. The whole album takes a balladic approach, where sweet melody and metaphorical lyrics are at the centre. Singer Daniel Romano's voice is beautiful in its own scratched way, still full of melody and emotion. He doesn't need to scream to show his passion, it transfers through his laid back singing perfectly.
Romano is not afraid to break out of his comfort zone however. Tracks like ‘Marriage’ and ‘Broken Things’ showcase his ability to venture into the “punk-rock” zone vocal wise and execute it well. This might have to do with the fact that Attack In Black used to be a straight up punk band.

The instrumental work is nothing short of astounding. It’s rare to come across an unknown band that manages to release a tight and well produced record such as this one. It’s like somewhere along the line when the band was writing this record, something clicked, because how else would you explain the beautiful pianos and chords of 'Inches And Ages' and its folk-rock / country sound that's perfectly fitted into their albums overall sound.
The lyrics not only get your hair to stand up on end but also make you think with thoughtful verses such as: “What if there’s a footprint, I left a life ago.”

The albums epic, 'Chimes And Church Bells' closes the album in perfect Attack In Black fashion. The lyrics are poetry at it’s finest.

“But I've heard of hope in faceless men 
I know I'll never meet 

I've heard of life in those who love so effortlessly

Who live forever in a state of vulnerability

To leave behind for those they've loved 

A lot of time to weep”


Tracks like the slower 'If All I Thought Were True' show that the band can really do whatever they want but still make it work with the album overall feel. 'Footprints' features the albums most metaphoric lyrical work and a simple but catchy acoustic and steel guitar. Nearing the end of the song, it bursts into the strange folk-punk sound that Attack In Black is well known for.

There is something special about Marriage that is hard to explain in words. It could be the unique blend of folk, punk and country that remind me of the now defunct, Uncle Tupelo. It could be the fact that every few months when I give the album a spin, I still manage to find new aspects to it. It could also be the fact that I am dumbfounded in stating the albums genre, as you probably noticed throughout the review, there is just a little bit of everything.
The best way for you to find out for sure is to listen to it. Regardless of your genre preference, Marriage is sure to hit home but beware, the album will be hard to top.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Spec
December 1st 2010



27102 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Very happy with how this review turned out. Any advice is welcome.

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cvlts
December 1st 2010



8954 Comments


hey!! yeah this band is awesome.

you should merge those paragraphs dude, it looks sloppy.

accompliceofmydeath
December 1st 2010



4193 Comments


Am I gonna like this Dante?

Digging: Devo - Freedom of Choice

cvlts
December 1st 2010



8954 Comments


yes. get this.

Spec
December 1st 2010



27102 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Which ones? I still haven't figured out that whole paragraph thing yet haha.

accompliceofmydeath
December 1st 2010



4193 Comments


*puts on get list*

Spec
December 1st 2010



27102 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You won't regret it.

PuddlesPuddles
December 1st 2010



4772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ahh I remember thiss

Good review

tom79
December 1st 2010



3365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing record. This and Years, and both so different. Bands a favourite of mine, they're pretty local
to me so I've seen them maybe 10 times or so.

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Alucard125
December 1st 2010



534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bought this when it came out, great album. Havent heard anything new from them for a while now though.

TheOceanInside
December 2nd 2010



439 Comments


you hand out 5's too easily methinks...

this band is good however. and this album is by far their best.

TheSpirit
December 6th 2010



17637 Comments


Which ones? I still haven't figured out that whole paragraph thing yet haha.



yeah paragraphs how do they work

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fr33convict
December 6th 2010



11687 Comments


will listen. pos.

Spec
December 30th 2010



27102 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yall need to hear this.

Spec
July 7th 2011



27102 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Summer time. Folky punk time.

Spec
February 6th 2012



27102 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So I guess the band is on hiatus. They just slowly died off after this album it seems.

Drunk
February 14th 2012



229 Comments


This was their best anyway.

Spec
August 8th 2012



27102 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah. Rip.

johnnyblaze
August 8th 2012



2601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuck i havent listened to this since like '08. the first two tracks are so fucking good. too bad they didn't last..

Fleeba
September 28th 2012



42 Comments


Just for your info, the singer, Daniel Romano came out with a solo album. It's mostly country, dashes of Willie Nelson and even Cash can be found. Really really good. Saw him at the Raw Sugar Cafe in Ottawa, bought the album from him, really nice dude.

The album is called Sleep Beneath The Willow.



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