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Kenotic


4.5
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Review

by fsharp USER (10 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2011 | 18 replies | 10,065 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The essence of rain

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

As I wake up in the morning and look out my bedroom window, I notice that there is a light drizzle of rain. Before I leave my house to go for my morning walk, I grab my IPod and headphones. As soon as I enter the outdoors I smell the thick air as I breathe it in, simultaneously turning on my IPod and putting on "Kenotic", an album quit suitable for the atmosphere that I am currently walking in. Rich in ambience, layered instruments and spacey vocals, "Kenotic" is my go-to album for a peaceful and rainy day.

“Before the Celebration” opens the album, a song rooted in ambience, with a delicate tinkering piano. Before long the beginning is over and “The Air Between Us” follows, a repetitious piece, which utilizes pretty guitar lines and vocals to create a more spacey feel. In fact, it is "Kenotic" as a whole that is repetitious, putting the listener in a trance with its repetitive yet highly effective use of its beautiful melodies and noise, never once feeling forced or tired. The rain is becoming heavier as “Blankets of Night” enters my headphones, the sound of crickets and a lone guitar set the mood and before I know it, the rain has turned into an intense downpour as the song itself has turned into an ever so intense piece of beauty. Full of gorgeous vocals pouring over strings and guitar, and as the intensity dies down, the rain dies with it.

In a way, it’s easy to compare many of the songs from "Kenotic" to the beauty of rain. Some songs may start begin intensely, much like that of a torrential downpour, or some may just keep building up until the ultimate point of climax and then die, much like the experience I had on my walk. While there may not be a ton of variety when it comes to genres, "Kenotic" makes up for this flaw in having a set of sixteen carefully crafted songs, all of which safely sound different from one another.

The rain has stopped and the clouds are clearing up. As the final last minute of “Rising Tide” comes to a close and the sound of crashing waves that opened and ended the song come to a halt, I look up to the sky, staring at the sunlight beaming above through the clouds onto the wet street. I smile and turn off my IPod, take out my headphones and head back inside. Hopefully soon there will be another peaceful rainy day in which I can listen to "Kenotic" in all its beauty again.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
fsharptrit0ne
May 2nd 2011



4814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been wanting to review this for a while, can never get enough of it

Josh D.
May 2nd 2011



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Uh, I need this still.

Check out my review of their last album.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 2nd 2011



10593 Comments


Not gonna read just gonna pos in gratitude that this got a review.

Relinquished
May 2nd 2011



24931 Comments


love this album, I always listen to this before dawn.

Spare
May 2nd 2011



5271 Comments


Kenotic is essentially the audible recording of the element of Rain, in all of its beauty and rage, and one could not ask for anything more.

alachlahol
May 2nd 2011



7489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listen w/RAINYMOOD.COM

alachlahol
May 2nd 2011



7489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

these guys take me to a place where life isnt all pain and suffering

beefshoes
May 2nd 2011



3593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is my favorite album of theirs.
Glad it is finally reviewed.
This album is a great summer album.

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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2011



8781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i hated the newest album, but I'll try this one

AlexTM510
May 2nd 2011



1400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm glad someone reviewed this-nice review pos.


Album is epic epic win. Winter Light makes me gush with it's prettiness

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 3rd 2011



10593 Comments


i hated the newest album



....wut? -_-

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2011



8781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this was better, probably a 3.5 or a 3

macadoolahicky
April 23rd 2012



1835 Comments


My 1000th comment goes to Kenotic. It's one of my favorite albums and I can always count on this album to cheer me up. I may eventually five this, which would make it the third album of theirs in my fives. They are really something else...

As for the review, very interesting and fitting. Pos

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
April 12th 2013



21791 Comments


finally some good post rock

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Artuma
December 6th 2013



12378 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

damn, thin air between us is just perfect

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Emyay
February 26th 2014



5945 Comments


great album. i like to put this on for naps or when i'm at work

Artuma
April 6th 2014



12378 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

holy fuck i love this band

Artuma
August 18th 2014



12378 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this deserves more than one page



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