Senses Fail
Let it Enfold You-Special Edition


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ian USER (106 Reviews)
December 20th, 2005 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


There are few bands that I know of where I have a hugely diverse opinion about them. Senses Fail is one of those bands. Where as I absolutely loathe From the Depths of Dreams E.P., I really like the debut full-length special edition album Let it Enfold You. In all departments this is a huge advancement from their E.P. Itís hard to put Senses Fail under a certain genre, in a way I want to call them screamo-pop. My definition of screamo-pop is pop-punk with some screaming and a heavier melodic sound than normal pop-punk.


Buddyís singing has massively improved since the days of From the Depths of Dreams. He went from being nasal and annoying to having a voice that is actually recognizable. His voice aside from being better is a lot catchier than their previous work. The screaming from both Buddy and bassist Michael Glita isnít the best, but does still slightly work on this album. The lyrics however are at times jaw-droppingly violent. I honestly think that there is a serial killer inside of Buddy. Tie Her Down is about making a women believe that he cares for her, but it turns out that all he wants is to kill her because he views her as more important dead. The actual writing of the lyrics is good, a vast improvement over their E.P., but the content matter is rated R and I just donít understand the point of half the album being about violence and drug abuse.


The guitar work on this album is just fantastic to be honest. One guitar plays some really technical and catchy leads while the other plays chords that are varied instead of one chord being played for about ten seconds. I just love the way they open songs up with the solo guitar before introducing all the instruments together on so many of the songs such as Lady In A Blue Dress, Buried A Lie, and personal favorite (lead guitar work only) Bite To Break Skin. It should be noted that none of the songs have any actual guitar solos in them except for the only original bonus song American Death, which is just about the closest to a metal song Senses Fail have written. Itís clear that Buddy has improved his screaming voice when comparing it to the rest of the album. This song was written about two years after this actual album was so it is going to be interesting to see if this is the actual direction the band is going musically. There are also three bonus acoustic versions of Lady in a Blue Dress, Buried a Lie, and Rum is for Drinking, Not Burning. Itís interesting to see the guitar parts transferred from electric to acoustic and those three songs actually being my top three favorite of the album this is a very nice plus. However, Buddyís voice is very irritating on here. Not sure if it for lack of production or the fact these were recorded in the bands touring bus, but the acoustic guitar more than makes up for it. The bass is full of bouncy lines that are audible and even when following one of the guitars can still sometimes be heard. My favorite bass lines on the album are on the songs Lady in a Blue Dress and Bite to Break Skin. The drumming is talented and a plentiful of fills are heard on all songs. The actual beats provided are sound somewhat original from each other as well and not just variations of songs.


There arenít any really weak songs musically or vocally on here Iím happy to say and many songs have their own individuality. The ballad of the album is without a doubt Buried a Lie which is about the investigation of the death of a women, who Buddy believes was murdered when everyone else believes it is suicide. Musically it is the standard of the album except slightly simpler and vocally it is the catchiest of the album. The dvd that comes with the special edition isnít to special and only includes three live songs and the two videos off this album. The three live songs, Bloody Romance, Youíre Cute When You Scream, and Irony of Dying on Your Birthday, are okay, but when I saw them live, all three were done a lot better. The two videos of Buried a Lie and Rum is For Drinking, Not Burning are the highlights of the dvd. All you really need to do is listen to the lyrics of Buried a Lie to figure what the video is like. The video is done cheaply, but still good nonetheless. As for the other one, they just play at first on a ďpaper" pirate ship and then you just watch them play for the most part.


Overall, this album is very melodic, catchy, and more technical than your average pop-punk (or whatever you want to call them) band. There are no real weak songs the whole album along with no real cons, except that some might be annoyed by the screaming and then there is the deal with the lyrics. In the end this is indeed an excellent album and worthy of a four out of five. Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed this review and though it was well-written. Thank you for your time.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Storm In A Teacup
December 20th 2005


12786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

:wave:

Haven't used that one in a while.


Having to edit my text after I submit my reviews twice in a row is becoming annoying. Not to much, but something I would like to see fixed.

pulseczar
December 20th 2005


2385 Comments


*not too much :D

I hate this band, good review.

Zebra
Moderator
December 20th 2005


2647 Comments


Good review as usual but the third paragraph was a bit too long.

Everyone at my school loves this band, I don't have much use for them but I don't "hate" them.

Storm In A Teacup
December 20th 2005


12786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=Zebra]the third paragraph was a bit too long.[/quote]


Not if you compare it to my Roadrunner United review.

dayuum

Thanks for the compliments Galapwngos and Zebra.

Jawaharal
December 20th 2005


1832 Comments


Galapwngos

copycat.

This band sucks. Good review though.

Storm In A Teacup
December 20th 2005


12786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

But now you can call yourself a trend setter. Thanks

Two-Headed Boy
December 20th 2005


4527 Comments


ive never heard these guys. what are they like?


great review. i'm starting to hate t by t's

Storm In A Teacup
December 20th 2005


12786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Did you actually read the review? You would know if you did.

Two-Headed Boy
December 20th 2005


4527 Comments


i like to scan reviews


:-)

Cravinov13
December 20th 2005


3854 Comments


Not a bad review, but I can't stand the band or this album.

Rudd13
December 20th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

18. Rum is for Drinking, Not Burning (acoustic)


Oh......yay.


Storm In A Teacup
December 21st 2005


12786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He's definitely worked a lot on his voice without a doubt. On the E.P. his voice was utter crap and sounded so generic.

faintly falling ashes
December 22nd 2005


24 Comments


sorry.. that was me

PearlDrummer92
January 16th 2006


49 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome lyrics in this one. listen to this everyday.


x-BrandNew-x
January 19th 2006


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I picked up the c.d around christmas.... great c.d lots of features the bonus dvd of them at taste of chaos was swett....Buddy has worked on his voice..... it amazes me how well these guys have got into the music world..... im definetly going to be looking for their next album and cant wait..... i rate this album 5/5

mixed company
March 4th 2006


12 Comments


Good Review, I really got into senses failed when i saw them live at Starland About 2 years ago. They are amazing live. This CD was awesome overall but i really didnt like how they did buried a lie on acoustic, original sounds a lot better.

Storm In A Teacup
March 10th 2006


12786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just to let you know, the band is called Senses Fail, not Senses Failed.
Anyone could make the mistake though.

rememberthis
March 24th 2006


30 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i saw them on last year's warped tour. they were amazing.

f_u_c_t
June 14th 2006


1406 Comments


Excellent review. It def. helped me out with a nice visual of what i have ahead of me (when i receive this album.) I was hoping a little bit more than that from the DVD though. Surely the cd will make up for it. This will be in fact my first Senses Fail experience.

XembraceX
September 28th 2006


32 Comments


Senses Fail is nowhere neeeaaarrr pop-punk.

Your review isn't that good either.

But niether is Senses Fail...

Seems Fair.



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