Aficionado
Aficionado


3.5
great

Review

by someguest USER (24 Reviews)
December 28th, 2011 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


I quit caring about what others think of the music I listen to a few years ago. It doesn't get rid of those awkward moments in the car when you're forcing everyone with you to jam on something they either don't understand or appreciate, but it keeps a certain part of credibility alive within me. The now widely proclaimed opinion that music taste is entirely subjective (an opinion on an opinion, let's see the humble community try taking a crack at this one) might possibly be true. However, it does not diminish the pride one feels when finding something great that few have heard. It can breed a sense of elitism. It can make it seem okay.

Aficionado don't do anything new with this release. If you can imagine Cursive, thrown together with some Thrice, and a little bit of Circle Takes The Square, than you understand their root sound. Recently being signed to No Sleep records, they fit the description many of the acts on the label already convey to their fans. The most important - and obvious - decision No Sleep seems to make when deciding on an act to sign is the passion shown within the music. Image isn't important. Style and influences are completely irrelevant. A love for positively affecting their audience is definitely required.

The blend of post-hardcore with indie is pretty popular right now and the band has somewhat capitalized on it. Personal lyrics relaying the importance of strong relationships, family, good communication, and striving to better oneself hold their sound together. A majority of the vocals are done by the lead male vocalist, but sometimes he exchanges verses and harmonies with a supporting female vocalist. They don't have the strongest voices in the industry, but that isn't the point. He has a more recognizable vocal approach (this is where the listener will think Cursive right off the bat), but her vocals are pretty unique. And when she's not singing, she's creating the artwork and playing the flute on the album. The addition of the flute shouldn't distract the listener from checking out the album because it fits well within the context of the music, and creates some individuality for the band.

The rest of the band plays material that's going to be straightforward for anyone familiar with this style of music. It's not really an issue for the band: they're proficient and know the sound for which they're shooting. And it's only their debut album. The group already has the passion they're trying to share with everyone, and as long as they continue to experiment and move forward as musicians they should continue to grow and improve. However, their passion must remain intact. It's what makes their sound loveable and their small fan base grinning. And we all know that can be the toughest part of all.



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someguest
December 28th 2011


21438 Comments


I hadn't heard of this band until I saw them play live with Dead Letter Circus and Fair To Midland last week. They're a great group of people and deserve your attention.

Digging: Pet Shop Boys - Please

someguest
December 28th 2011


21438 Comments


They're a great combo with Thursday. They didn't really fit with the acts I saw them with, but they were still made to feel at home.

pmmets07
December 29th 2011


5934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"Aficionado don't do anything new with this release."

WHAT DO YOU MEAN THEY HAVE A FLUTE PLAYER

someguest
December 29th 2011


21438 Comments


two to three minutes of flute playing is not revolutionary.

AlecBaldwin
December 29th 2011


147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't hear Thrice, personally. This album is really good, though. The last three songs in particular are great.

iFghtffyrdmns
December 29th 2011


7047 Comments


first paragraph is a tad unnecessary in my opinion (ironically?)
good review other than that.

i always like the confidence and verisimilitude in your writing, I just think that your tendency to relate it to something about you isn't always the best approach. you damn economists don't listen anyway so I ought to just keep my mouth shut and give you the pos to balance out that unnecessary neg.

someguest
December 29th 2011


21438 Comments


i always like the confidence and verisimilitude in your writing


thanks I appreciate it

I just think that your tendency to relate it to something about you isn't always the best approach.


yeah it's a problem since I have this mindset that people will connect better with a personal account or something along those lines.



pmmets07
December 29th 2011


5934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

in all seriousness i thought this was a good review. i just have a problem with one part:
"Aficionado don't do anything new with this release. If you can imagine Cursive, thrown together with
some Thrice, and a little bit of Circle Takes The Square, than you understand their root sound."

That's basically admitting that their sound is a combination of several very different sounds, and
though I don't agree with the comparison to the bands you mentioned, that would contradict the fact
that they don't do anything new. If you had compared them to one band that sounds a lot like them it
would make sense, but saying that they sound like a hybrid of several bands means they were successful
in creating something unique that draws from various influences.

someguest
December 29th 2011


21438 Comments


ok that makes sense

but I don't think a combination of different sounds that already exist is really that unique. that whole point could use some reworking though.

Acanthus
December 29th 2011


9545 Comments


Like the personal approach taken in the review sir.

dghkfgfdkfgkfudfka
September 19th 2012


4 Comments


back in the early 70s - before punk - there was a band called 'genesis'. they had a singer by the name of peter gabriel and a pretty swell fusion drummer by the name of phil collins.it's not just the flute parts on this disc that seem influenced by early genesis....



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