Carissa's Wierd
Songs About Leaving


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Review

by Axel USER (6 Reviews)
December 27th, 2011 | 234 replies | 14,089 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heaven's a distance, not a place.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Carrisa's Wierd always did play a little louder than the low dynamics of their often one-take studio recordings would indicate on first listen, and always seemed to play a little faster than their actual tempo speeds would indicate as well.

That may make little sense to you initially, I'm sure. But for a particular demographic, I admit, it's true. A song like “Sofisticated Fuck Princess” - balls-y, misspelled and surgical-striking title aside - resonates profoundly with many listeners because co-lead-singer Jenn Ghetto sings it as if she is hanging off the edge of a cliff, about ready to let go. You can just about hear her get ready to drop from the sound of the instruments and the lyrics: “So I'll make you one promise that I'll never regret this,“ she whispers with brooding, intense bitterness over an echoing, infectious clean guitar line. “Take a long look inside, because right now I'm leaving you.”

Maybe my beginning two statements of the ghost-like intensity of Carissa's Wierd's music really hits me in particular on Songs About Leaving. But I'd be willing to wager that anyone who has been through a bitter break-up - or if your life just sucks in general – would agree with me that there's something more going on here that's tangibly bleak and penetrating when listening to this album and the many fuck-you(s) it contains.

Take a look at a song like “Ignorant Piece of Shit”, one that I wish I'd mastered on guitar approximately a year ago: Not much fulfills and copes angst-y grief like speedy acoustic guitar picking and Sarah Standard's violin alongside whispered lines like, “I like the way you roll your eyes right before you fall down” and “Telling everyone you know, maybe I'd be bad for you, maybe you're too good for me.” The song builds and builds in fervor as emotions and regrets of a failed marriage proposal begin to cascade to a resolute peak. Then, like the subject in question's relationship with an ex, the band cuts ties promptly and ends the recording.

The duets between Ghetto and Mat Brooke on this song and both the humbly wounded “September Come Take This Heart Away” and “Low Budget Slow Motion Soundtrack Song For the Leaving Scene” are Carissa's Wierd's best of their career. But it's the Seattle group's main shtick, this wonderful mastery of a bleak, sorrowful atmosphere that permeates all the songs, that makes what they set out to do on Songs About Leaving so very well done and successful. Whether the subjects are hurt and angry or, well, hurt and sad, Ghetto and Brooke never fail to rain on anyone's parade that happens to be listening.

For a sadcore album like Songs About Leaving, that would be the best compliment: this is fucking sad. Just read: "Won't tell a single soul that my soul's gone. It's hard to write this song,” Ghetto laments as she pens what could be her fictional suicide note in “So You Wanna Be A Superhero.” It's even more convincing, and sad, when the deed's already been decided in her mind: “It's all a joke. It's all been wrote down by someone that's probably dead.”

The near-tangible, empathetic connection made to listeners through this and other songs makes Songs About Leaving the perfect accompaniment to any lonely and cold winter's night. For it's true: not everyone enjoys surface happiness all the time, correct? Carissa's Wierd's Songs About Leaving gives ample evidence that sadness is indeed sometimes just as fulfilling, too.



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Romulus
December 27th 2011



8423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'm so happy this finally got a review and even more happy it was you who reviewed it. score.

my personal rating would be a bit lower-- this has always seemed like something i should like more but i've never really fallen in love with yet. it's a serious mood album for me. anywho great review

Skimaskcheck
December 27th 2011



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ahh i never got round to reviewing this, glad it finally has been done though. great record

wabbit
December 27th 2011



6989 Comments


So happy this has a review. one of the best albums ever.

Also you should really keep up,the reviewing jarod cause this is awesome

BallsToTheWall
December 27th 2011



44197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cant believe this didnt have a review yet. Good review, band/album rule. Hoping for a new C.W in 2012.

Digging: My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

Skimaskcheck
December 27th 2011



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jenn's solo stuff is pretty cool too

RCKilm
December 27th 2011



232 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah i love this album.

Iamthe Nightstars
December 27th 2011



2234 Comments


"Heaven's a distance, not a place."

Did Carissa's Wierd write this line or did Sam Beam?

Digging: Few And Far Between - Three

artificialbox
December 27th 2011



628 Comments


Fantastic album. Great review.

BrownPark
December 27th 2011



158 Comments


damn. awesome review.

ShousoStrip
December 28th 2011



574 Comments


Fantastic album.

ShadowRemains
January 3rd 2012



20539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is pretty devastating

Digging: Banks - Goddess

sixthgoldenticket
January 3rd 2012



1176 Comments


album rules and brings the tears

Axel
January 4th 2012



189 Comments


i love the way you roll your eyes right before you fall down

Oathbreaker
January 4th 2012



1649 Comments


"“Take a long look inside, because right now I'm leaving you.”"
Just thinking of this line gives me shivers.

ShadowRemains
January 10th 2012



20539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so you wanna be a superhero, sofisticated fuck princess... and ignorant piece of shit are fantastically bleak

fulgrim
January 19th 2012



1542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so depressing, but i still cant stop listening to it.

ShadowRemains
February 13th 2012



20539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jenn's solo stuff is pretty cool too


yeah S rules

especially i'm not as good at this as you

CaptainDooRight
March 29th 2012



28864 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really good album

chambered69
March 29th 2012



1253 Comments


yaaaaa

eternium
April 17th 2012



16338 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm officially falling in love with this album.



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