Wolverine
Communication Lost


5.0
classic

Review

by J2e2c USER (4 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2011 | 61 replies | 8,872 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Very interesting, perhaps lacking something which cannot yet be defined. Rewarding and puzzling. Very strong messages and expertly tight playing. Recommended.

1 of 8 thought this review was well written

"Wolverine" is a good band, so are many other bands. The implications of this are tremendous; Is it that "Communication Lost" says "no!" to crazy diversity or mad-hatter ideas? Certainly it prides itself with very well executed dynamic shifts and an interesting production. Well flowing feelings of climax and anti-climax are part of your senses when listening to the pieces, although this sometimes leads up to an over-sung chorus which may be out of place. Currently it may be the only disorientating feeling in the music, whereas should not the goal be to create an ethereal feeling? Indeed, getting the balance right between ethereal motion and musical expression is extremely important in a concept album such as this, which is just so incredibly rich lyrically and expressively -- perhaps a song like "Pulse" represents a band which is so certain of itself after such a time of uncertainty, and that's why the song comes across as a bit garish in parts. That's a shame, it is nearly a good song.
Considering at least one of the band members enjoys "Depeche Mode", it doesn't become too apparent; 80's pop music, is to be handled carefully when chosen as an influence... see how virtuous a band like "Opeth" can be with the "can do no wrong" 70's influences; that's where prog rock belongs... but with that unusual statement aside, it's worth pointing out that prog rock doesn't wish to confine itself to an era (it is a hard to handle beast). Some groups wish to do something daring, "Wolverine" have always made some unusual choices in their music and yet still have managed to please the beast that is the prog rock genre; with "Communication Lost", the band may appear to be treading carefully with the music, leaving subtle madness -- traces, if you will -- hiding beneath the water, though this music is actually quite daring in that the listener is the hook and you as a listener have to catch the music and master it. In an ocean of other bands, perhaps this band simply asks that you be a good, honest person who sees what this music has to offer without relying on surface judgements. Surface judgements, what are they? A surface judgement means you cannot feel the music so you distract yourself in your quest to analyze the music. This music, I think, came from their hearts -- soul aplenty, and sometimes brings reminders of "Pink Floyd" in the way it flows so well: music that is meant to be felt unquestionably. "Dark Side Of The Moon" may not instantly have memorable song structures, but it makes up for it in production and meaning. This may be the case with "Communication Lost", except that it isn't as immediately beautiful and wondrous, it is more like the beauty of sadness and confusion and loss, without the trapping stylings of the modern day world to brush it off as a piece of sad plastic ("Linkin Park"), although it does have the necessary modern elements to keep it fresh and up to date, it's more of a subtle escape from it all.
It is easy to fall into the trap of mercilessly comparing it to other prog bands. Understand how disciplined this music is for a concept album with such strong emotions and melodies. I find that quite unusual; it's sort of a crazy concept album which doesn't immediately come across as that. I don't care if the songs can be stripped down and converted into something worse; if you do that, expect to dislike the music. "Wolverine" didn't do it, so why should you?

... Perhaps this is a problem, I'm being so persuasive, using analogies and provocative statements to promote this album. Why am I doing this? Doesn't "Communication Lost" have enough punch to it -- will it be a sad story for "Wolverine"? Only time will tell.
... All the guys at "Wolverine" are rooting for you to like this album.
It's a good album, upon first listen I gave it a 10/10, it's an album that connected with me emotionally on quite a deep level... it's just that it's not a soothing kind of emotion, it's more of the 'release' emotion, where you listen to this and let go. Think of the final track, the build up to "Communication Lost" and then the atmospheric beginning. Maybe this is just a one off musical experience which is great while it lasts and then you have to let go and be free?

Rating: 8/10, but I should imagine that seeing it live will give it a breath of fresh air... I can see a lot of potential for that as there's so much raw expression to be found, as the band really prides itself in this album, the live performance will be something special, surely. I suppose that musically it might not be perky enough, but the unity of the compositions and the build up to the last two tracks is phenomenal.
The rating I gave only reflects how the album feels when I'm sitting casually in my room. It needs to be seen live! Maybe this album should have just been a live album. It's just too good to be put to disk, that is why it gets a lower rating. Except the final track, that's simply one to lay back and listen to.

(Please note, this album is special, therefore it gets a 5. Besides that, it gets the 8/10 rating).


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BoSoxorz
June 3rd 2011



56 Comments


wat

Puzzles
June 3rd 2011



3065 Comments


Is this supposed to not make sense?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2011



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this review needs some serious proofreading...

Digging: Lisa Gerrard - Twilight Kingdom

J2e2c
June 3rd 2011



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Puzzles
Sorry, what, I thought you'd say something about my review that is more than just a rhetorical question...
so really I don't respond to those sorts of comments. No offence intended.

@Voivod, Proof reading? I don't see a problem, is there something I am missing?


Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2011



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

For one thing, separate the wall of text to distinct paragraphs.

In addition, the flow of text and arguments put in line and in favor for this album are quite disputable, at least for me.

I won't neg, but this doesn't read very well.

the above is just my opinion, though.

J2e2c
June 3rd 2011



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I can understand what you're saying, I just don't know if I can act in accordance. It's just that I'm quite content with my review... that is simply my paragraphing style. While I understand that this community is supposed to help writers produce reviews to a certain standard, I do not feel that it is a definite rule and I simply wrote what I felt was right.
Though I will respond to criticisms of my review, I would much rather there be comments about the ideas put forth in the review... I feel that would be much more constructive, as clearly the review is written to a standard which allows it to be read and understood to some level. Given that it is only nearly 900 words, I don't see the wall of text as a problem. If it was more wordy, I might take more heed of your advice. I hope you understand this.

It is possible that I might give into popular demand at some point, but for the time being I feel I have done enough and it is justified. I am more bothered about spelling and grammatical errors, pointing those out for debate would be much appreciated.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2011



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I read your first review and it flows excellently.

You are up to it for sure, but i insist that the present text needs polishing.




Btw, i'm listening to this right now, a sure contender for a 3.5 atm.

J2e2c
June 3rd 2011



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well, I'll think about it. I can be a little bit indecisive though, so it might not be any time soon. Thanks for the feedback, I find your tone quite pleasant.

Mordecai.
June 3rd 2011



8276 Comments


good to see you are still a complete fucking retard

J2e2c
June 3rd 2011



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Likewise to you sir, it is pleasant to hear from such a bigoted person as yourself. May your inbred offspring prosper on this ravaged Earth which they will most likely corrupt even further. ;)

Mordecai.
June 3rd 2011



8276 Comments


you are seriously the filthiest eel-legged horsewallet

J2e2c
June 3rd 2011



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You clearly failed at the truth, so now you hide behind a statement of the most unusual flavour. How endearing.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2011



6411 Comments


So much love on this site, it's beautiful...

Digging: Vessel - Punish, Honey

J2e2c
June 3rd 2011



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hehe, if it is me you're insulting then you clearly have no idea what kind of monster you are dealing with! For I am one of a kind, quite a prize I must say! You would do well to win in a battle of wit against the likes of me!

J2e2c
June 3rd 2011



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

And if I leave, if I cease to check up on this page, what sort of a mess would you and your fellow savage beasts leave here?
I hope that I can appeal to the decent Human beings here and come back to see my comments section filled with useful thoughts, not the sort of wasteful garbage that you seem to enjoy embedding yourself in.

Mordecai.
June 3rd 2011



8276 Comments


For I am one of a kind, quite a prize I must say! You would do well to win in a battle of wit against the likes of me!


why are you talking like Martin Prince Jr.?


J2e2c
June 3rd 2011



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Okay, enough is enough. Anybody reading this, please try to ignore the vicious spammers. I honestly don't know what sort of deluded lives they live, nor do I care. But what scares me is their willingness to expose me to their deficient points of view.

bodiesinflight57
June 3rd 2011



869 Comments


This review has given me a headache, which cannot be good thing.

Want to hear this record though, I liked "Still".

LoneWanderer
June 3rd 2011



180 Comments


Yeah...the review tries its best to make readers give up reading at many junctures of its body...

I agree with Voivod Mr J2e2c...needs proofreading...

Also I suggest you give as much importance to an organized display of ideas as you do to grammar and spelling...

And yeah..your first review shows you can do much better...:]

SowerKraut
June 3rd 2011



236 Comments


Your first sentence is hilarious.



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