Washed Out
Within and Without


3.0
good


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A soothing mesh of dream and synthpop, consisting of a singer, his computer and a deeply instilled 80's pop inspiration.

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Call it a summer hit or a unique musical fashion, or even another progeny of the synthesizer: Chillwave (also known as the “Glo-Fi” genre) is a controversial type of music creeping in-between the pop, indie and electronic scenes with increased Internet hype. Described as “electro-pop from the 1980s…recession-era music [that’s] low-budget and danceable" by New York Times' Jon Pareles, its controversy stems to the fact that doesn't actually exist yet. Ernest Greene is technically the first to attempt this sound, and the age old notion of “it takes two” hinders the possibility of it being a true genre.

What we have here is Greene’s new LP, entitled “Within and Without”, a modern mesh of synth-pop consisting of a singer and his computer, filled with ambiance and experimental trance-like beats and inspired by aspects of eighties music. The ‘chill’ in "Chillwave" doesn’t seem to strike much with the first two songs, except for the relaxing feel of “Eyes Be Closed” and a darker dance-inspired approach to “Echoes”. The vocals are decorous, allowing the music to flourish across the landscapes that are created, carefully crafted to polish any blemish with a calm and collected intimacy. Other areas are hard to grasp, like the contemporary psychedelic approach of “Amor Fati” or the appealing bells that move the impressive “Far Away”. “Before” is the only weak track here, with its stagnant blandness it merely sits on the album like a bored child. With “You and I” it picks up a little; there are some great ideas at work including a female spoken verse, but the album takes up full gear with the title track and the closing finale “A Dedication”, surely reminiscent of Greene’s “good ol’ days” which gives a solid impression of heartbreak.

The thing to remember is that Mr. Greene does a good job at keeping the listener tuned in with the music. Nearly every moment is as good as its last, and his melodies are captivating. It’s sincere, potent, transcending and it thankfully lacks the same cliché hooks of a standard pop album, with most songs here structured around a piano theme or a synthesized vibe. His voice is compelling, it isn’t wiry or overpowering, and he has a soft and assuring tone. It’s not a radically aimed album, but it creates a perfect foundation for other artists to build on, and while the genre is still in its soft, harmless infant stage, it could –in the near future- become the new conventional pop trend.



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Parallels
August 3rd 2011



6641 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

My thanks to Deviant, who helped me clean up a messy review.

bloc
August 3rd 2011



34774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album's pretty good

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conradtao
Emeritus
August 3rd 2011



2090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh, hey, this review got so much better! Pos. Still don't like this album, although the tracks are very shuffle-friendly.

cvlts
August 3rd 2011



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i like this album but it's a little bland. good stuff, brah

WashboardSuds
August 3rd 2011



4992 Comments


I liked Life of Leisure but I've been skeptical about getting this

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Parallels
August 3rd 2011



6641 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

its overrated by some, but it's still a damn good album. Thanks bro-skis

Jethro42
August 3rd 2011



12391 Comments


You are a very good writer, sir.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2011



31087 Comments


O hai!

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Jacquelyn
August 6th 2011



33 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review. You seem to have a better perspective on it.

foxblood
August 8th 2011



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review. i don't like how over-produced this album is, but it's good. this didn't captivate me the way life of leisure did, maybe because the genre style is not as fresh as it was when that came out. i don't think this has enough substance to it to be more than a 3/5 record really

gilmoregirls
August 8th 2011



190 Comments


sounds like remixes of coldplay songs

gilmoregirls
August 8th 2011



190 Comments


before is the only good track

album version of you and i is awful

Parallels
August 9th 2011



6641 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

before is the worst track imho

you and I has some wonderful female vocals

psykonaut
August 9th 2011



3913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nah before is the best

Parallels
August 9th 2011



6641 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lies lol



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