Mansions
Dig Up the Dead


4.0
excellent

Review

by Muzik Dizcovery Reviews USER (19 Reviews)
April 4th, 2011 | 33 replies | 11,026 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's not easy to make an album this dark so beautiful.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

It's not easy to make an album this dark so beautiful. Christopher Browder, the brainchild of Mansions, must have had quite a difficult life to create such a depressingly personal album. From the hopeless vocals similar to Jesse Lacey, to the lo-fi grungy guitar riffs, to the downtrodden lyrics, Browder creates an album that might not strike a casual listener as something pretty. But if one listens intently, he or she will discover the true depth of Dig Up The Dead.

Browder is excellent in drawing out emotions using several different techniques, many of which are shown in opener "Dig Up The Dead". The first is the build-up, used as a lead in to the vocals, containing beautiful distorted guitar and a wonderful crescendo before the fade out. Then there are the instrumentals, which are dark and brooding and go along perfectly with the rest of the music. But probably the most powerful technique involves Browder's excellent vocals. Though they are usually somewhat monotonous and not very rangy, the delivery of the lyrics makes up for it, as the stress behind the vocals can be felt within every syllable. When Browder does go up into the higher register, it usually brings excellent results, as in the bridge of "Dig Up The Dead. These methods are used consistently throughout the album, usually in a successful manner.

"Not My Blood" and "City Don't Care" are two of the best tracks on the album, and putting them back to back almost seems like an emotional beatdown. "Not My Blood" begins with some dark imagery in the lyrics, as Browder sings "jump out of moving cars / call it a good thing / you can't feel your beating heart / you are not living". Ambient, almost post-rock like riffs in the chorus demonstrate that Browder isn't just a vocalist, but also an extremely talented guitarist. "City Don't Care" is a slightly more upbeat song, driven by rumbles of bass. The song also contains the strongest hook on the record, and some of the strongest lyrics. Browder speaks of how disregard others that are strange and odd, and creates an extremely relatable track.

From what's described above, a listener can pretty much get a feel of the whole album. The album runs together pretty well, but that isn't a large negative. In fact, the album could have been even better as one large track, as splitting it into individual tracks is unnecessary. Browder continues to pour his heart out over all thirty-five minutes of the record, and in the age where singles run rampant and commercialism dominates the industry, Dig Up The Dead stands out not for any specific song, but for the whole cohesive product. That is the lost meaning of music. Mansions knows that, and knows that needs to change.



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iFghtffyrdmns
April 4th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

an indie-pop album and you have compared it to Jesse Lacey.
I am intrigued, but if I am let down (which I plan to be after such a comparison), I'll be deeply upset with you. Listening now.

TheOscillat0r
April 4th 2011



117 Comments


Sounds pretty good so far. I'm not really into dark music, especially if it ends up borderline emo, but I'll give it a go.

iFghtffyrdmns
April 4th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah I'm actually pleasantly surprised with it so far.
Failing to really see the Jesse Lacey dynamic in it but I figured that would happen.

JamieCTA
April 5th 2011



146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

another solid Mansions album

Beauers
April 6th 2011



230 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Got a lot of time for this release.

Spare
April 12th 2011



5223 Comments


wh

why is the album name wrong

EDIT: LOOKS LIKE THAT SHIT GOT FIXED

henryChinaski
April 13th 2011



2456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is so good. never heard of them. ordering now. nice review!

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CounterClockwise
April 23rd 2011



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think he sounds way more like Mason Maggio from The Republic of Wolves than like Jessey Lacey, but other than that I do like the review quite a bit. The LP is great, even better than the debut which was pretty sick already. Blackest Sky may be me favorite so far, but the whole album is pretty consistent in it's awesomness.

HBFS
June 7th 2011



1214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is reaaaaaaally good

WeepingBanana
June 9th 2011



9895 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

my friend's band is opening for these guys on sunday so i better check this out

HBFS
June 9th 2011



1214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You better. Close That Door is so good.

RagingStorm
June 20th 2011



509 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

such a fantastic album

Romulus
July 5th 2011



8371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i should give this one another listen

Romulus
July 5th 2011



8371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hey chambered how've you been lately?

Romulus
July 5th 2011



8371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

really nice. i was away for a while and i'm catching up on all this 2011 stuff i ignored. i'll have to get back to this one at some point

AutoRock
July 11th 2011



416 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the best releases of 2011, will make my end of the year list for sure. Dig up the Dead, Wormhole, Seven Years and Close that door are soooo awesome. And you gotta give them credit for the improvement they show, if compared to their first release, which is way weaker and has a good chunk of filler songs.

SuperContra
September 19th 2011



25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"what do I care if she was your girl an hour or two ago?"

haha. ha.

juiceviaorange
June 2nd 2012



285 Comments


this albums pretty damn cool

loudasallgetout
August 27th 2012



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This record just has so much lasting value. I loved it when it came out and I love it even more now.

redrig
September 20th 2012



45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is win.



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