Good Old War
Come Back As Rain


3.0
good

Review

by Statrick Pickles USER (63 Reviews)
March 5th, 2012 | 22 replies | 5,044 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Come Back As Rain begins exactly as you'd expect a Good Old War record to begin - an ambient, folk-tinged guitar lick prances around for half a minute before giving way to the dulcet vocal melodies of Keith Goodwin, Tim Arnold, and Dan Schwartzman. Just like that and Philadelphia's heralded indie-folk trio are off to the races with their much-anticipated follow up to 2010's self-titled LP. Sprawling and soaring vocal melodies, guitar lines worth getting hopelessly lost in, and those classic three-way Goodwin/Arnold/Schwartzman warbles still populate the record, yet it's hard not to feel as if something more significant is missing. Though Good Old War have infused these songs with the same sunny disposition and tender crooning found on past efforts, Come Back As Rain often slips into purposeless song-writing and redundant track layouts. Still, the obvious musical prowess with which the trio operate lends the record a good deal of bright moments and a yields a generally uplifting listening experience.

A track like 'Calling Me Names' displays this shift of purpose for Good Old War, with its subtle mid-chorus la-la-la-la-la-la's giving it more of a Disney movie feel than its creators likely intended. Had the track been composed with such intent in mind, there would no doubt be some leniency with regards to its more-or-less aimless
message, but we are left instead with a shadow of the Good Old War we've learned to love. Songs that were self-reflexive and critical have been replaced by careless songs about some of life's less riveting occurrences; a shift that began with Good Old War and takes even more hold on Come Back As Rain. Even so, the record has its share of moments and subtleties worth praising: the chorus of 'Touch the Clouds' is chock-full of enough tantalizing three-part harmonies to melt the coldest of critics' hearts, where 'Loud Love' is the sort of song that anyone can fall effortlessly in love with. It feels just right as Goodwin sings out on 'Better Weather' about how the bad times will pass to make way for the good, but the song's simplistic approach and uplifting message are as easily praised as they are critiqued.

With the release of another solo record from friend and musical colleague Anthony Green hitting stores a mere month and a half prior to Come Back As Rain, one surely would have liked to see some collaborative efforts between Good Old War and the Circa Survive frontman surface on either of the records. With how beautifully constructed and well-received 2008's 'Weak Man' was, a track from Only Way to Be Alone that saw both Good Old War and Green converging at their best on a truly magnetizing song, it's unfortunate that no such collaboration finds its way onto the new album. Though one can admire their independence from so formidable a musical force as Anthony Green, it's just as easy to listen to a song like 'It Hurts Every Time' and wonder why the two-minute-mark solo featured a guitar instead of Green's unmistakable voice. Still, there's no denying the overall warmth of the record and minimal sense in trying to pick out what more they could have done.

As the final chorus of 'Present for the End of the World' quickly wraps itself up and the record comes to a rather blunt conclusion, it almost feels as if 2012 Good Old War are holding something back. For as much as they leave listeners with beautiful and inviting songs about better days and the tenderness of love, one can't help but feel as if more could have gone into Come Back As Rain. That being so, the record still presents a lot of moments and tracks worth enjoying - something we certainly can't hold against Goodwin & co. For the amount of lovable music provided to us from Good Old War thus far, we can only do our best to cherish the finer moments and hope for higher concentrations of them to come in the future.



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iFghtffyrdmns
March 5th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Streaming on their website:
http://www.goodoldwar.com/

Also posted:
http://muzikdizcovery.com

Irving
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2012



7170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

HOLY SHIT.

YOU DIDN'T TAKE LONG TO COME UP WITH A COUNTERPOINT.

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2012



7170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

The day I decide to make a return to reviewing, iFght busts out a review of his own for the exact same album and my comeback lasts all of thirty glorious seconds and twenty five views.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2012



7170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

'Loud Love' is the sort of song that anyone can fall effortlessly in love with

Nooooooooo!!!!!!

Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 5th 2012



10593 Comments


I'm not going to pick sides ; /

iFghtffyrdmns
March 5th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

hahahaha sorry Irv...................

no side-taking necessary eli don't worry.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2012



15889 Comments


Fight to the death!

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2012



7170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hey iFght

You have uh-maaaayy-zing eyes.

iFghtffyrdmns
March 5th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

don't even front Irv if keith goodwin stood in front of you and sang that to you while strumming his guitar you'd have no choice but you let him have his sexual way with you

ThroneOfAgony
March 5th 2012



3485 Comments


3 vs 2 I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2012



15889 Comments


Maybe its time for my 2.5 review ;-)

acorncheese
March 5th 2012



7119 Comments


ughhhhhhhhhhhhhh their first two are so great and fun

iFghtffyrdmns
March 5th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

yeah this just isn't on par with only way to be alone
that's a darn ole dandy record

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2012



31087 Comments


There's a contrib thread for a reason!

Digging: Banks - Goddess

iFghtffyrdmns
March 5th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

haha I was actually writing this for another site regardless and it just so happened that I finished/posted it on both sites ~30 seconds after Irv posted his

but yeah I should check that thread more often....

Irving
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2012



7170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I totally had dibs on this one!

*rageface* Ahahahah

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2012



15889 Comments


grats on the feature

irving must be green with envy ; )

Irving
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2012



7170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Or purple with rage ;)

Ahahaha I kid. This review was very well written and was probably written with a more level head than the one I made. It definitely deserves the feature ahead of me.

Douglas
March 7th 2012



9097 Comments


did they use instagram for the cover?

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iFghtffyrdmns
March 7th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

^lol



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