Letlive.
Exhaustion, Salt Water, And Everything In Between


2.5
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Review

by Narshh USER (8 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2011 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A poor (poor, poor, poor) man's Glassjaw.

Ahh, Letlive. As an esteemed reviewer once said, if people “let Letlive let loose”, then they will surely win over the hearts of every listener with the catchy, emotional, and spunky post-hardcore sound they perfected on their 2nd LP, “Fake History”. However, on their debut EP, “Exhaustion, Salt Water, And Everything In Between” (ESWAEIB), there is no potential, no uniqueness, and minimal enjoyment to be found. The vocals are borderline horrendous at some points, reminiscent of Craig Owen during the “All’s Well That Ends Well” era, the instrumentation uninspired, and the lyrics undeniably cliché.

Fans are sure to find the soon to be signature style of Jason Butler, the lead vocalist, scattered sparsely throughout the album, but in this case they seem out of place and a more like a failed attempt at originality rather than pure awesomeness like on “Fake History” (read: This reviewer really likes Fake History). These odd laughs here or there, angry growls that build up, and other techniques of the sort are not utilized appropriately until their second LP. Besides the quirkiness, the clean vocals on this album are, as mentioned before, Craig Owens tenfold. I’m one of the few that actually has many early Chiodos songs in my top favorites, and can honestly say I don’t even mind Craig’s "unique", high pitched voice. However, Jason Butler’s version of this is grating. It is baffling that someone who ends up mastering the melodic harmonies later in the band’s career can come off as a rip off of Craig Owens. If you can disregard the cleans, then the harsh vocals are somewhat enjoyable. More or less, the screams are weaker versions of those on “Fake History”, but it’s a mildly pleasant surprise to hear things such as death growls randomly thrown in (‘Comprehension Is Overrated’).

The instrumentation, believe it or not, is filled with mundane “chugs” that are all too common in this genre. Overall, they are very akin to those found in From Autumn To Ashes’ (FAtA) earlier works: not unique, and noticeably generic. As for being generic, the lyrics follow the same vein as the instruments, but actually exhibit a few rays of promise. The tempos change constantly, depending on the emotional build up and lyrical content, showing promise of strong songwriting in the future, but overall the aforementioned problems constantly make this a difficult album to listen to.

Throughout this debut, Letlive come off as copies of various bands instead of seeming unique. At times they sound like Glassjaw (a comparison that can be better justified by later albums), which is not bad by all means, but most of the time they appear to be a mix of FAtA and Chiodos: a potentially lethal combination. For now, however, ESWAETIB can be dubbed as a poor (poor, poor, poor) man’s Glassjaw. Time to listen to “Fake History” again.

Recommended Tracks:
Adjectives Might Work
Comprehension Is Overrated
Nightmare For Care



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Narshh
March 23rd 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

At least they made "Fake History", yayy

ohfoxxxycole
March 23rd 2011


4353 Comments


ew this doesnt look good

Photon
March 23rd 2011


1292 Comments


fake history is the only album i have heard from them and that was great

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2011


17224 Comments


god this reminds me of my sophomore year of high school. its pretty terribad. their next album had some cool songs on it (i.e. stigmother is still their best song)

Narshh
March 23rd 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this one is pretty bad lol, speak like you talk seems like its by a band trying to mimic fake history, which is illogical i know but thats the only way i can think of describing it lol , and fake history is jizztastic

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2011


17224 Comments


how can one mimic what hasnt come out yet?

Narshh
March 23rd 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yup there's that bad logic i mentioned haha, idk it just seems like a really weak version of Fake History, YES i know it wasn't even out at that time hahah

Narshh
March 23rd 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh and how was the review guys

Phideaux
March 23rd 2011


1655 Comments


First off, I probably wouldn't quote another review. Not bad though.

The singer for this band is amazing on Fake History.

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Narshh
March 23rd 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yessir and he's extremely emotional/crazy live, and does shit that Cedric from At the Drive In used to do haha. And yeah i was debating whether or not to use that quote but decided to do it anyways because i liked it haha, it's from the staff review of fake history

dylanthedesertpea
March 23rd 2011


587 Comments


"Although I’m one of the few that actually has many early Chiodos songs in my top favorites, no matter how much new music I acquire, and can honestly say I don’t mind/even like Craig’s voice, Jason Butler’s version of this is grating."

this seems like a big run on and it doesn't flow very well

Narshh
March 23rd 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

true true, i'll edit that, ty

dylanthedesertpea
March 23rd 2011


587 Comments


and maybe it's just me but i dont like the comparisons to glassjaw in this. i dont think this release sounded much like gj

dylanthedesertpea
March 23rd 2011


587 Comments


and no problem

TheFragile1992
March 23rd 2011


10 Comments


anyone know where to get / download this?

Narshh
March 23rd 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

pos and i'll tell you

Narshh
March 23rd 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

jk! just google search letlive-exhaustion salt water and everything in between + mediafire
-i do not condone the use of mediafire

Narshh
March 23rd 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

And yea @dylan idk the only things that kept popping up in my mind when i was listening to this were FAtA/Chiodos/GJ

dylanthedesertpea
March 23rd 2011


587 Comments


I can definitely see the craig owens comparison. It reminded me a lot of chiodos's early shit. Except without shitty keyboards

Scoot
March 23rd 2011


17840 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fake history pummels this

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