The Lonely Forest
Arrows


4.0
excellent

Review

by Blindsided USER (64 Reviews)
July 21st, 2011 | 18 replies | 6,304 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All I really need are two notes and a beat.

There’s no doubt that The Lonely Forest has always been an ambitious bunch. Their two previous albums, while rather lengthy, were fairly good concept albums. With their third album, John Van Deusen and crew display more of the guitar work and indie rock influence that had been missing from their previous works. Arrows is an eclectic mix of indie rock and pop, just enough of both to please each side of the listeners. While it’s not exactly a concept album of traditional standards, the lyrics read almost as if they are each a separate note from one person to another. Not linked to each other, lead singer John does a great job writing simple, yet momentous lyrics to accompany the music they are paired with.

Arrows itself doesn’t try as hard as its predecessors, and in the process it makes for a simpler, more coherent album. The album is more guitar driven, whereas previous albums were piano led, transitioning Forest’s sound more into a melodic indie rock courtesy to John’s sugary vocals. There’s no doubt that John Van Deusen sounds like Justin Pierre, but in certain songs, when using a lower voice he then sounds nothing like him. The key signature of this album and Forest’s sound as a whole is the catchy vocals layered in with the bouncy guitars. Most notably in the second song, “Turn Off This Song and Go Outside”, where Van Deusen’s vocals are met with a memorable chorus and the consistent pop-punk like riffs that are ever present throughout the album. To a certain point The Lonely Forest’s lyrics can be viewed as repetitive, or lacking of variation in certain songs. “(I Am) The Love Addict” is one of the albums catchier songs, but tends to repeat itself over and over again. It’s not that it’s a bad song; it’s just that with limited verses it won’t hold much replay value for many listeners.

The centerpiece and best song to the album can be found with “Coyote”. With more of a slow pace and lower vocals than most of the songs here, it is from beginning to end one of the best produced songs on the album. From the start it takes more of a melodic influence and finishes with chord heavy riffs that are more present towards the end of the album. The putty that brings this album together so well is the mix of indie rock and pop influence. Not to say that hasn’t been done a million times, but with the unique voice of Van Deusen, it’s pulled off with ease. “Tunnels” brings more of that high pitched voice back into the mix with more upbeat riffs that almost launch them into that pop-punk realm for a second. Van Deusen would have the perfect voice for it, but with the plethora of melodic, piano led tracks they play they would be a bit out of place. The last half of the album is no different than the first. “Two Notes And A Beat” is the upbeat counterpart to “Coyote”, while “End It Now!” is a song filled with tiny dissonant screams and more riffs than most of the album itself. The album closer, “Arrows” is a piano heavy track, that while is less upbeat than most of the songs here, is most pleasing to the ears because it’s a reminder of past times when the band more prominently used the keyboards.

After three albums and two EP’s, The Lonely Forest should start to feel like a well established band, but realistically their just getting their start. Touring with the likes of Two Door Cinema and The Joy Formidable, Forest is finally starting to gain a fanbase and catch on outside Washington. Arrows might be their third album in almost six years, but for them it’s the turning point in which they gain the recognition they have been seeking for all this time.



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Blindsided
July 21st 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Originally posted at: http://www.beholdermedia.com/2011/the-lonely-forest-arrows/

I almost was going to say midwest emo, but I dare not.

bloc
July 21st 2011


34847 Comments


These dudes are going on tour with Two Door Cinema Club so I might go see them in September.

Nice work Joe.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

Blindsided
July 21st 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Ali.

I don't know how big you are on indie, but this stuff is just really great.

SeaAnemone
July 21st 2011


20284 Comments


awesome cover

might check this out based on rec'd by reviewer

Digging: Natural Snow Buildings - The Night Country

pizzamachine
July 22nd 2011


12571 Comments


Great review man. I'll check this out since you like it.

Acanthus
July 22nd 2011


9542 Comments


Love reading reviews when it's been a slow day on Sputnik, pos'd!

Digging: Falls of Rauros - The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood

Yotimi
July 22nd 2011


6491 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty good album

bungy
July 22nd 2011


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty stoked these dude are getting somewhat popular.

AutoRock
July 24th 2011


416 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great Album.

Knott-
Emeritus
July 25th 2011


10195 Comments


Turn Off This Song And Go Outside is awesome.

Blindsided
July 25th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Every review I read ripped that song a new one so it's nice to see some love for it.

mallen-
July 25th 2011


1235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album is great

Blindsided
July 25th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I knew this is something you would enjoy Mike.

Kris.
July 25th 2011


12345 Comments


thought this was lonely island-related


am sad

mallen-
October 9th 2011


1235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This may make my top 10 this year

Yotimi
October 10th 2011


6491 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Coyote" is good but it's pretty much a rip off of Band of Horse's "No Ones Gonna Love You". Actually the whole album is pretty Band of Horsesish. I still like it though

ExcentrifugalForz
September 2nd 2012


1723 Comments


Used to see these guys live all the time when I lived in the northwest and they always put on a great show. This is easily their best album so far.

AutoRock
January 29th 2013


416 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is still a really good album.

Arrows is suuuuch a good closer



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