Silverstein
Short Songs


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
February 7th, 2012 | 65 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: short, but enjoyable.

Musically speaking, Short Songs is better than I anticipated. The first eleven songs are Silverstein originals that showcase the band as solid as ever, playing to their strengths, and making compelling songs despite their short running times. One can't help wishing they would expand upon some of the better tracks, but what they have here is solid Silverstein affair. Not to mention Shane's excellent vocal performance, with a stronger penchant for screams this time, yet his cleans are as proficient as always. The album can't help feeling like the tantalizer it is, but as a result, Short Songs is truly mouth-watering.

In terms of effective short songs, the second half of the album is better, but the first half will certainly please Silverstein fans. However, when the second half comes around, you're in for a treat. Silverstein chose great punk/hardcore songs to cover, and they play them par excellence; the songs they cover are from bands that have influenced them, and their evident passion translates into energetic, fiery performances. Considering how solid the eleven cover songs are, it's a shame that Silverstein haven't made an album completely dedicated to cover songs yet, but this will certainly do. Indeed, this is one solid album.

Now hold on a second, this album may be great, but there's one major problem with it. Short songs can be great for a random laugh or a quick snack, but therein lies the problem. Twenty two short songs in a row (with the longest one being 1:36) equals a hurricane listening experience, a complete blur. Just as you begin to like a track it abruptly ends, leaving you stunned and confused with no time to recover. Trying this album requires a cool detachment, and I would recommend listening to it disjointedly as opposed to sitting through the entire thing. Expectedly, the album works great as a collection of songs, but as a cohesive whole, not so much.

Ultimately, if all you want is short songs, you will undoutedly leave happy. Short Songs completely delivers on its premise - there are songs, and they are all short. What's not to like?



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pizzamachine
February 7th 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album stream: http://music.aol.ca/new-releases-full-cds/#/9

And now I'll get some sleep.

Pharoh
February 7th 2012


3326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is amazing

DinoX
February 7th 2012


3582 Comments


This is pretty cool

Ire
February 7th 2012


41803 Comments


11/5

DinoX
February 7th 2012


3582 Comments


This makes me want to listen to Rescue.

theashesfromautumn01
February 7th 2012


1031 Comments


ill be buying this tomorrow.

SCREAMorphine
February 7th 2012


1758 Comments


Good review, this sounds very interesting

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2012


31364 Comments


but what they have here is solid Silverstein affair.


Doesn't make sense

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Acanthus
February 7th 2012


9543 Comments


I enjoy the occasional single from these guys, nice review sir!


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auberginedreams
February 7th 2012


6060 Comments


wow this is surprisingly good so far.

auberginedreams
February 7th 2012


6060 Comments


and that orchid cover was pretty awesome.

wacknizzle
February 7th 2012


13482 Comments


i really wanna hear this for the orchid cover.

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dimsim3478
February 7th 2012


5183 Comments


knew that would interest you sput-skramz motherfuckers.

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Funeralopolis
February 7th 2012


11585 Comments


can't believe they would cover orchid, who do they think they are?

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Sanders
February 7th 2012


2353 Comments


This sounds like it'd suit my short attentio

accompliceofmydeath
February 7th 2012


4262 Comments


Rescue was the best thing they've done yet. Stoked to hear this.

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NorwichScene
February 7th 2012


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Rescue definitely wasn't their best. I think Discovering the Waterfront is still their best album. Met Shane at a gig a while back, nice bloke

immortalizepain
February 7th 2012


383 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love SOS. Their Orchid cover is sick. But I wonder why some of their fans (last.fm page) say the Orchid cover is horrible. Scene kids.

MalleusMaleficarum
February 7th 2012


14359 Comments


they covered some cool bands

Nikkolae
February 7th 2012


4860 Comments


yes, this is awesome.

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