The Romanovs
...and the Moon Was Hungry...


5.0
classic

Review

by Jonny Hunter CONTRIBUTOR (103 Reviews)
September 18th, 2011 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lap it up, lap it up.

I don't quite know what to think. And the Moon Was Hungry is incomparable, unrecognisable and utterly, stark-raving mad to the nth degree. I don't know why this surprises me, during their live performances the band would dress up in full Victorian-era gear before weaving music from violins, electric guitar, piano and one of the sweetest female singers ever to have swanned their way into these humble eardrums. Disarmingly sweet that is, the lyrical focus swings rapidly from hints at reality to pure fantasy, while ever retaining a disturbing and off-putting tone with references to cannibalism and pure, primal anger. The shear passion put into the vocals by Morgan is disarming, allowing the music to drip into your brain, sharp as a knife. It's moving though, funnily enough... these nightmare-ish images thinly veil the wreck of a woman hiding beneath them. It's not until she crones "oh... no one invited me" in the closing track that we fully realise this, and as a result everything takes on a new meaning and offers itself to us, ripe for interpretation.

The vocals are the focus of course, the origins of the LP stem from a solo project by the singer, but it's the instrumentalism that really completes and the Moon Was Hungry. It lays its camp in classical, but makes tentative steps into metal, folk and cabaret, makes use vocal samples and even then finds the time to strip down to just a metronome at one point. It's incredibly experimental and just as mad as the vocals when it needs to be, equally managing to combine beauty with an offbeat, surprising uncertainty.

And the Moon Was Hungry certainly isn't the easiest thing to describe to someone seeing as there is not much to compare it to, but it's criminally overlooked and close enough to flawless for me to dare bring that word into this review.



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StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

bah-bah-bah-bonkers. Can't say much more.

Although the line "take a trip to the moon and eat myself a stranger" scares me.

YetAnotherBrick
September 18th 2011


4453 Comments


i should give this a listen. sounds interesting.

americanmusicmachine
September 18th 2011


3953 Comments


this is a really good review, I'll check this out sounds like something i would like.

BallsToTheWall
September 18th 2011


44478 Comments


I really need to hear this.

Digging: Tove Lo - Queen of the Clouds

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^ Definitely pick it up, I'd like to hear what other people think of it.

ethixx
June 17th 2013


1170 Comments


good album, big letdown

ethixx
June 17th 2013


1170 Comments


these drops remind me of like some evanescence daredevil shit lmao especially on white flag

ethixx
June 17th 2013


1170 Comments


white flag is gay btw
2nd half of kiss in the chemicals rules

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2013


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

n'aww you're no fun ;]

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2013


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

n'aww you're no fun ;]

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2013


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

also fuck me this was ages ago, I doubt I'd be so gushing with praise now :/

ethixx
June 17th 2013


1170 Comments


enjoy what you like, this was just good for me.. wish it was better :'(



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