Defeater
Empty Days and Sleepless Nights


2.0
poor

Review

by ConsiderPhlebas USER (34 Reviews)
March 10th, 2011 | 115 replies | 7,241 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sound of a band desperately in need of new ideas

13 of 21 thought this review was well written

The concept record has long been a rite of passage for the weird-chord-wielding, greasy-bearded goons of progressive-rock. Defeater weren’t the first band to pinch the idea and apply it to the hardcore-punk template, but being one of a select fen. The almost-charming simplicity of their first record was now replaced with dull, infantile whinately, Empty Days & Sleepless Nights is nothing but a retread of old ground, with yet another story of people wallowing in abject misery. The band’s dogged pursuit of some overarching masterpiece draws close attention to the lyrical content, so evennging, about an obviously terrible subject. There was still hope for the Boston outfit, though. The storytelling gimmick had run out steam, but the rest of the formula still had promise. Combined with a reputation for passionate live performances, it was understandable that people’s expectations of the band were high.ly, Empty Days & Sleepless Nights is nothing but a retread of old ground, with yet another story of people wallowing in abject misery. The band’s dogged pursuit of some overarching masterpiece draws close attention to the lyrical content, so evennging, about an obviously terrible subject. There was still hope for the Boston outfit, though. The storytelling gimmick had run out steam, but the rest of the formula still had promise. Combined with a reputation for passionate live perfoly, Empty Days & Sleepless Nights is nothing but a retread of old ground, with yet another story of people wallowing in abject misery. The band’s dogged pursuit of some overarching masterpiece draws close attention to the lyrical content, so evennging, about an obviously terrible subject. There was still hope for the Boston outfit, though. The storytelling gimmick had run out steam, but the rest of the formula still had promise. Combined with a reputation for passionate live perfoly, Empty Days & Sleepless Nights is nothing but a retread of old ground, with yet another story of people wallowing in abject misery. The band’s dogged pursuit of some overarching masterpiece draws close attention to the lyrical content, so evennging, about an obviously terrible subject. There was still hope for the Boston outfit, though. The storytelling gimmick had run out steam, but the rest of the formula still had promise. Combined with a reputation for passionate live perfoly, Empty Days & Sleepless Nights is nothing but a retread of old ground, with yet another story of people wallowing in abject misery. The band’s dogged pursuit of some overarching masterpiece draws close attention to the lyrical content, so evennging, about an obviously terrible subject. There was still hope for the Boston outfit, though. The storytelling gimmick had run out steam, but the rest of the formula still had promise. Combined with a reputation for passionate live perfo

Unfortunately, Empty Days & Sleepless Nights is nothing but a retread of old ground, with yet another story of people wallowing in abject misery. The band’s dogged pursuit of some overarching masterpiece draws close attention to the lyrical content, so even those willing to forgive missteps in that department are forced to consider the bilge on offer. Lines like ‘In front of her God, needle in arm, family plot will be filled, perfect end to a tragedy’ should be left in the diaries of the teenage girls that wrote them, not delivered with the aplomb that Archambault does here. Reading some literature or poetry before Chapter 4 arrives might help, but anything other than Rambo would be a bonus. Though cowed by the mighty concept, the instrumentation is respectable enough throughout, with the patchwork of rhythms from previous albums surviving almost completely intact. ‘Dear Father’ and ‘Empty Glass’ sound lacklustre and tired, but tracks like ‘White Knuckles’ and ‘Waves Crash, Clouds Roll’ boast a vital spark that just begs for repeat listens, with their whipping power chords and popping drums saving the record from complete oblivion.

The main body of the album ends on a sudden cut to silence, which would have been an embarrassing affectation even if the Sopranos hadn’t already made the same dismal mistake. Defeater’s version at least fits in with the level of storytelling it’s aimed at, drawing a childish close to a childish album. Trying to force a sense of deafening silence proves to be comical, but relatively successful. As if they needed another gimmick, the band tack on four acoustic numbers, unbalancing the record irrevocably. Archambault’s voice and lyrics sound naked here, backed up with half-hearted melodies and forgettable musicianship. ‘I Don’t Mind’ is a passable soft-rock effort, that has no real place in the album as a whole. But then, that’s Defeater’s problem: instead of building on their greatest elements, they just shoe-horn silly quirks into their sound and watch the kids lap it up. There’s still hope for the future, they still have the component parts of something really special, but more than any other band in the genre today, they need to grow up.



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ConsiderPhlebas
March 10th 2011



6157 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Not my best, I'll admit. The best I can do right now, though.

DiceMan
March 10th 2011



7068 Comments


This was necessary.

Kris.
March 10th 2011



12112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

completely disagree with all of this

ConsiderPhlebas
March 10th 2011



6157 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

You disagree that white knuckles is great?

Kris.
March 10th 2011



12112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I SKIMMED IT OKAY

ButcheredChildren
March 10th 2011



5591 Comments


WHAT IS THIS, I like that you are going against the grain here
pos'd!

ConsiderPhlebas
March 10th 2011



6157 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Are you a fan of the acoustic stuff, then? Even without the lyrics they sound weak to me.



Edit: thanks BC, I'm always against the grain

Kris.
March 10th 2011



12112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bro look at the rating of course im a fan

ConsiderPhlebas
March 10th 2011



6157 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Good point

Kris.
March 10th 2011



12112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh and empty glass is the best song on the album u crazy

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 10th 2011



30859 Comments


The main body of the album ends on a sudden cut to silence, which would have been an embarrassing affectation even if the Sopranos hadn’t already made the same dismal mistake.


Hey now, let's not say things we can't take back

Digging: Calyx and Teebee - FabricLive.76

DinoX
March 10th 2011



3582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice man a 2 review and I thought my 3 review was as low as you could go!

Wish you luck with your review.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

finally, I haven't read it yet, but I'm about to

Digging: Ought - More Than Any Other Day

ConsiderPhlebas
March 10th 2011



6157 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Still seething from the Sopranos ending.



Thanks, Dino - I'll survive, I'm sure.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
March 10th 2011



5968 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

how dare you!

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 10th 2011



30859 Comments



Still seething from the Sopranos ending.


Yeah, I know its hugely divisive but I simply loved it

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"The main body of the album ends on a sudden cut to silence, which would have been an embarrassing affectation even if the Sopranos hadn’t already made the same dismal mistake."

that's just stupid.

ok review, but I really don't feel that you justified the 2. your only gripe with the album seems to be that they're using the same concept that they did on their previous LP and EP, but that's hardly a bad thing, especially when it's executed so well. opinions though, they're a bitch.

ConsiderPhlebas
March 10th 2011



6157 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I thought my tv had gone out. Pretty bold, I'll give 'em that.

Comatorium.
March 10th 2011



4077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck the ending of the sopranos.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 10th 2011



30859 Comments


I thought my tv had gone out. Pretty bold, I'll give 'em that.


Lol, but you know why that ended like that, right?

And going on topic for just a second, great writing as always



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