Silverstein
Rescue


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sam Cowen USER (19 Reviews)
April 28th, 2011 | 104 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Silverstein make arguably their strongest record yet, but will challenge no opinions with this release

Some bands adapt and change their sound during the course of their career rather dramatically, going from one style to another between albums. Others simply change very slightly from album to album, perfecting a signature sound. Silverstein, a post-hardcore 5 piece are in the second category. The Canadians have returned for their 5th full length and, as expected, there is no dramatic change. The nearest they got to that change was their 3rd full length, Arrivals And Departures, which flirted with a lighter more accessible radio-friendly tone in several songs. In other words, fans weren’t too happy. This was followed by 2009’s A Shipwreck In The Sand, a return to form and a spectacular concept album. Now they have a new record, Rescue.

Rescue opens very promisingly, the first track, Medication, has a very grand opening feel to it, and ends in a good dual vocal trade off, with clean backing vocals and vocalist Shane Told changing from screaming to cleans over the top of that. It really starts the album on a positive note, building to a fantastic climax and is one of my favourite songs this year. The next song is one that sounds very typically Silverstein. Sacrifice was on the Transitions EP and is carried over, and is an incredibly good and catchy song. It’s a song that could have appeared on any of the previous albums without sounding too out of place.

While Forget Your Heart, the third song, is good enough track, the next truly notable song on the album is further along, the 6th track Texas Mickey. Opening with a slightly typical scream/sing formula in the verse, it features a fairly solid chorus. The turning point comes when Anthony of Bayside comes in after the second chorus. His distinctive and brilliant voice providing a needed change as the song differs pace. Anthony takes up lead vocals while Told screams behind him as the song injects some much needed change into the album, just as it starts becoming repetitive.

A few other songs really grabbed me, including upcoming single The Artist, a hard hitting track full of screaming and melodic riffing in the verses. It ends on a HUGE breakdown and is definitely one of the harder hitting tracks, making it a surprising single choice. The next song Burning Hearts features great drumming, and a short solo towards the end which is unexpected, while the other song to really grab me is possibly the softest on the CD, Darling Harbour. Sure to split opinions, its fairly poppy compared to the rest of the record, but Silverstein always have a softer song on the CD and this is one of the best yet. It’s a good pop-punk song that’s very catchy and enjoyable which serves to nicely break up the record.

However it highlights something that is perhaps a problem for the album, lyrics. Most of the lyrics are largely cliché and rather average at best, and this song only serves to show this. With less instrumentation and only clean vocals, the lyrics become more prominent, and they simply are not up to such scrutiny. Cliché lyrics such as “(Darling) Don’t throw it all away, (Darling) I’m here to make you stay with me” could have been written by almost any band and contain very little substance. If however you can forgive the mediocre lyrics, there is a very enjoyable song to be found.

Aside from that, Shane Told performs well, with impassioned cleans and ferocious screams, while the guitarists often manage to do their best imitating bands such as Funeral For A Friend, mixing breakdowns with meandering guitar runs. The bass, as usual with this genre, gets lost in the mix but when it does appear it usually seems to be fairly basic. Drumming is to a fairly high standard, especially on songs like The Artist where he really gets a license to smash the kit.

Overall it’s an album that most Silverstein fans should be pleased with, its nothing genre defining but is certainly a solid album by a group that is now becoming a very consistent band. If you are looking for surprises you are likely to be disappointed, but if post-hardcore is your thing this is a good album to pick up.

Recommended Tracks:
Medication
Texas Mickey
The Artist



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IfYouRun
April 28th 2011


309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Third review, and written fairly quickly. I had a bit of trouble with the start but otherwise it was quite simple to review. As always, constructive critism is encouraged.

dimsim3478
April 28th 2011


7654 Comments


I liked the album, but it's hard to love because of the lack of progression. Each of the past albums offered up something new, but this just feels like a rehash. Good enough review, I'll pos' it.

EDIT: I listened to this album a few times over again and I am now digging it. Bumping it up from a three to a four and withdrawing my soundoff.

Digging: Ging Nang Boyz - ????

Comatorium.
April 28th 2011


4792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Shane Told*



The Artist is awesomely good. This album didnt quite grab me like Shipwreck did after that turd A&D.

WashboardSuds
April 28th 2011


5101 Comments


It really starts the album in a positive note


It really starts the album on a positive note
or
It really starts the album in a postive way


review's good, and I pos'd, but tbh this reads more like a 3.5 than a 4

IfYouRun
April 28th 2011


309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys, i edited the name and that particular sentance.



Comatium - Shipwreck actually didn't grab me at all, i never connected with it and i'm not sure why. This is actually my favourite release by them.

WashboardSuds
April 28th 2011


5101 Comments


kind of interested in checking this one out

DinoX
April 28th 2011


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I was quite surprised by this album. In my opinion the best thing the band has done yet.

WashboardSuds
April 28th 2011


5101 Comments


sounds really promising, I need to get this

butchinette
April 28th 2011


210 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's no discovering the waterfront but it's definitely 2nd best.[2]

MuhNamesTyler
April 28th 2011


6179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely didn't blow me away but like the review said it's a great Silverstein album. Good Luck With Your Lives and the piano version of Forget Your Heart are both awesome.

HugCrewLoveRoll
April 28th 2011


612 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The artist is the best song 'cause it features that dude from COUNTERPARTS, YO!

Spec
April 28th 2011


34767 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Still gotta hear this.

Tyler.
April 28th 2011


13479 Comments


Never really liked this band

fightoffyourdemons88
April 28th 2011


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Anthony Raneri steals the show on this album....overall good cd tho

Narshh
April 28th 2011


1193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It's their best album to date,

Medication, Texas Mickey, The Artist, and Live To Kill are all ace songs



Spec
April 28th 2011


34767 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Shipwreck had some good stuff on it.

AmericnZero02
April 29th 2011


3705 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm still digesting this but so far so good. The Artist slays.



Shane's screams have really come a long way since When Broken Is Easily Fixed.

pizzamachine
April 29th 2011


13476 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't like this album, and I should since I like their other albums. grrrrr

Spec
April 29th 2011


34767 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is actually pretty good. Didn't expect that.

Comatorium.
April 29th 2011


4792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Silverstein dont really make bad albums (maybe an exception for A&D) they just make the same thing over and over and refine it as they go.



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