Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)
On Time Spent Waiting


3.5
great

Review

by Mike Allen USER (12 Reviews)
October 26th, 2011 | 46 replies | 8,083 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All that's left is to wait

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

It has been clear through four EPs and one full-length since 2007, Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) is a band always leaving the listener wanting more. With the exception of Midwestern-emo gem, What it Takes to Move Forward, the Michigan natives have made a name for themselves with brief flashes of brilliance, highlighted by noodling guitars, off-kilter vocals, and affecting lyrics. Empire! Empire!’s emergence has drawn considerable comparisons to emo-legends American Football of the late-1990s, as the group has been emotive without expelling a great deal of energy. After all, Empire! Empire!’s proficiency crafting moving EPs did transfer to the LP setting, presenting the evidence that the band had tremendous potential for the future.

Akin to Home After Three Months Away from June of this year, On Time Spent Waiting is more focused, controlled, and discreet than the full-length. Regardless if better or for worse, the 7" is concentrated in a relaxed manner that brings about greater emphasis on Keith Latinen’s somber vocals. Rarely climbing up the ladder to his routine “yelping” territory, Latinen takes a laid-back approach to tracks such as “I Would Have Stolen a Whole Orchestra,” where he fashions some fantastic melodies to compliment the serene atmosphere. In addition, we see Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) breaking from their norm (if only slightly) with “When You Are Done Living on Borrowed Time,” as the EPs third track is initiated with trumpets and the vocals of Colossal singer Pat Ford. Posing a stark contrast to Latinen’s soft croon, Ford’s baritone provides some necessary variety to On Time Spent Waiting, signifying that “When You Are Done Living on Borrowed Time” is an underscore of the record. With all of this said, the record doesn’t regress one bit in terms of lyricism, as Latinen and crew are as clever and poignant as they have been throughout the past four years: “The smell of salt hangs in the air, heavy and pregnant with tears. How could I have ever have called this place home.”

On Time Spent Waiting falls slightly below the magnitude of Home After Three Months Away in regards to poignant impact, but if On Time Spent Waiting is an indication of anything, it is that Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) has become so dexterous at what they do, even if a bit of room has been left for experimentation. With the release of two impressive 7”s this year, one could only hope that the Michigan natives are building toward another fantastic full-length in the near future, only giving further acclaim to their already striking resume.



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Blackbelt54
October 26th 2011



4266 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

another good review, pos'd

I need to listen to these guys

mallen-
October 26th 2011



1235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks. The full-length is best, but I'd suggest starting with one of the EPs just to get a taste.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2011



48592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ep of the year

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2011



48592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree
Best band ever

auberginedreams
October 26th 2011



5981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i love this band. i hope they come out with another full-length soon.

auberginedreams
October 26th 2011



5981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

btw the band posted this review on their facebook page.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2011



48592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I saw that

mallen-
October 26th 2011



1235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

awesome. just saw it

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2011



48592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The full length is way better
I heard they're making another ep
I want a new full length goddamnit


mallen-
October 26th 2011



1235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Honestly I have no complaints with more EPs because they have been so good, but yeah, another LP would be great

crazyblinddude
October 26th 2011



3389 Comments


Nice.

Album is a sweet listen.

klap
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2011



10020 Comments


is this the return of mallen and yeti that has been prophesied?

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mmfarva
October 26th 2011



1352 Comments


They just recorded eight more songs so it's at least multiple EPs.

But yeah this guy and girl man. Their music. Man.

And my first Sputnik comment in ages.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2011



48592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My favorite band that actually releases music

mallen-
October 27th 2011



1235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that it is klapper

MassiveAttack
October 27th 2011



2684 Comments


moar Michigan love.

Rev
October 27th 2011



9301 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I only have the full length, I need these EPs man

Gyromania
October 27th 2011



14653 Comments


It has been clear through four EP’s

EPs*. Good review man.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2011



23671 Comments


good review. I still don't like this band though so I won't bother with this.

is this the return of mallen and yeti that has been prophesied?

please yes

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iFghtffyrdmns
October 27th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you said the album name like a million times but good review other than that

i believe this 7 inch comes in the mail today (finally)
let's get mother fucking noodly mother fuckers.



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