Balance and Composure
Only Boundaries


4.0
excellent

Review

by NothingForSomething USER (22 Reviews)
February 10th, 2012 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Served best with a sinking feeling on a long sleepless night.

Allow me to preface this review with a warning: this EP is sad. I mean sad…like the kind of sadness that is so brooding that it becomes inevitably relatable. Coincidentally, the genius of Only Boundaries lies in that fact.

“I gave up long ago” is the first line of Balance & Composure’s sophomore EP, and in being the first line it perfectly foreshadows the lyrical content of what’s to come. Lyrically, the music is intelligent in its use of metaphors to portray the loose theme of lost love. There are also some really exceptional lyrics such as those in “What’s Wrong With Everything”:

You call yourself a cowboy,
But you just can’t let things go.
You sold your soul to a woman
Who left you for her heavenly home.

However, Balance & Composure is a band in which the whole song is far greater than the sum of its parts. The strong lyrics coming together in unison with the eruption at the end of a slow burning section of build up can send shivers down your spine. Though there is nothing particularly groundbreaking or extravagant about Only Boundaries, the consistency and synergy throughout the EP works in the bands favor. It gives B&C their ‘edge’ and prevents the music from getting boring.

The first and last songs in Only Boundaries are the obvious highlight. Both lyrically and musically, these two songs are the strongest. That is not to say, however, that the remaining two songs are bad. They are solid and serve their purpose, but just do not live up to how strong the other songs are.

All in all, this short-and-sweet nugget of depression is well worth its eighteen minute run time. It’s an emotional ride similar to the experience of listening to Brand New for the first time. A must listen.



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pmmets07
February 9th 2012


5905 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

amazing EP

format this sucker and you've got a pretty good review, although it says pretty much exactly what the other review does.

NothingForSomething
February 9th 2012


186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah i'm still trying to figure out formatting and everything. It'll be fixed soon.


NothingForSomething
February 9th 2012


186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks!

AlecBaldwin
February 10th 2012


147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pos'd, you clearly love the album and that comes through well in the writing. A little short, but
short and sweet. I also love this album :D

"I Can't Do This Alone" is still their best imo.

NothingForSomething
February 10th 2012


186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I Can't Do This Alone" is still their best imo."

Most definitely.

iFghtffyrdmns
February 10th 2012


7047 Comments


one of my buddies used to play in this band when they were just just just starting out

yeah i'm that cool.
no i still don't listen to them

AlecBaldwin
February 10th 2012


147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"one of my buddies used to play in this band when they were just just just starting out"

was he on "I Just Want To Be Pure"? Or is this before then?

iFghtffyrdmns
February 10th 2012


7047 Comments


i feel like probably before even then
don't know for sure and don't really care enough to ask him haha

zxlkho
February 10th 2012


3466 Comments


This band was literally the worst thing I've ever heard live. Not even joking.

iFghtffyrdmns
February 10th 2012


7047 Comments


i saw them open for la dispute in some st. catharines bar last year and they didn't sound that bad

maybe the singer was feeling too sober from being straight edge all the time

zxlkho
February 10th 2012


3466 Comments


they opened for dredg and The Dear hunter and they were fucking terrible. Also the drummer is like 10 years old.

AlecBaldwin
February 11th 2012


147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"This band was literally the worst thing I've ever heard live. Not even joking."

I saw them over here (England) with Transit and Title Fight, and they were really solid.

Cashewhayride
October 1st 2013


6 Comments


This review is worthless.



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