Letlive.
Fake History


5.0
classic

Review

by NothingForSomething USER (22 Reviews)
March 18th, 2012 | 110 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Letlive. reminds us of the roots of post-hardcore whilst having a modern flare and catchiness to it.

It’s an injustice that Fake History went virtually unnoticed for almost a year until it was slated for the Epitaph Records re-issue in April 2011. I mean, this album is oft compared to the likes of Glassjaw’s LPs of the early 2000’s. Yeah, Glassjaw...as in the band who created one of Post-Hardcore’s defining releases in Worship & Tribute. That’s worthy of attention it itself. And it doesn’t seem like *** in comparison.

On the contrary, Fake History is a passion filled full length with loads of talent behind it. Whether it’s eccentric frontman Jason’s insanity-tinged lyrical brilliance (with perfect delivery might I add) or the multifaceted instrumentals that encompass anything from bass driven Latin rhythms (see “Enemigos/Enemies”) to all-out hardcore onslaughts (see “We, The Pros of Con” and “H. Ledger”), the members of ll. know how to perfectly compliment each other. And above all that each song has an undeniable and organic catchiness to it. But that doesn’t really do the band justice until you actually hear it. The fact that you can’t pin them down is what makes letlive. so damn hip. They’re young. They’re catchy. They’re angry. They’re smart. They’re talented. It just works.

The real gems on Fake History, however, prove to be the more atypical ll. songs. “Muther” is a change of pace and is the album’s centerpiece in terms of song order. The mid-tempo song really accentuates Jason Butler’s undeniably impassioned vocals and the interplay between both himself and the featured female vocalist. Check the music video for “Muther” to see what I mean. The piano-driven final two minutes of Jason singing “Dont’cha cry mama, we’ll be okay” is a nice touch at the end and gives way to the following three hardcore bangers. Also album closer “Day 54”, in it’s almost seven minute run time, is the most lyrically moving and sincere song on the record. It’s very personal in nature and deals with the singer’s relationship with those around him as well as his faith.

Post-Hardcore in recent years has taken on new aspects that detract from what the genre was founded on. Overproduction and the liberal use of electronic and dance music (while entirely valid if done right) has taken place of the raw, passionate and not-so-perfect side of the genre. In a scene that seems to be forgetting their roots, letlive. is reminding it’s peers of Refused, At The Drive-In, The Blood Brothers and Glassjaw. ll., with the momentum gained on their re-release and being on bigger tours now, is bringing that sound back, in style. Letlive will not forget it’s roots. Letlive. is what Post-Hardcore should be.



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user ratings (1246)
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other reviews of this album
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  • yidnarc (1.5)
    This is overrated post hardcore at its worst. Are you sure there good??...

    syncopation081 (4.5)
    Apart from simply perfecting the dichotomous song-structure of traditional hardcore, Letli...

    Live (4.5)
    Letlive create something worthy of a spot in every post-hardcore lover's library....

    J. Ponton EMERITUS (4.5)
    Letlive bring a post-hardcore album fit for many of 2010's best-of lists...

  • TheBloodTypo (4.5)
    To all my friends, you're all gonna die......

    Sam Feldman's Rating (4.5)
    Fake History surprisingly sits close to the top of my albums of an already surprising year...

    Mark Campbell (4)
    You know the other side of your pillow? This is cooler than that....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Funeralopolis
March 18th 2012


11408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

how did this not already have a 5 review? Amazing album

Digging: Black Milk - No Poison No Paradise

MMX
March 18th 2012


4818 Comments


These guys are absolutely insane live

ConcubinaryCode
March 18th 2012


2085 Comments


seeing them in like 5 hours. so excited.

Funeralopolis
March 18th 2012


11408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've always wanted to see them live really bad but they never come anywhere near me. Have fun!

NothingForSomething
March 18th 2012


186 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Their live show is such an experience. That's the only way I can describe it.

ConcubinaryCode
March 18th 2012


2085 Comments


im sure i will. ive heard nothing but good things.

MMX
March 18th 2012


4818 Comments


Does anyone know why they chose to add a song with the name "Lemon Party" to the re-release?

CasinoColumbus
March 18th 2012


340 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Can't wait to hear some new material from these dudes. Hoping to see 'em next summer.

ILJ
March 18th 2012


6677 Comments


Album is fantastic.
I like the review for the most part too.

Aphrodisiac
March 18th 2012


1739 Comments


what the fuck people

Funeralopolis
March 18th 2012


11408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea

Aphrodisiac
March 18th 2012


1739 Comments


one of the most overrated albums ever on this site

Hawks
March 18th 2012


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I mean it's good, but yeah, I don't understand all the 5's and 4.5's.

Hospital
March 18th 2012


2058 Comments


Digging these guys for sure need to give it more spins

Gyromania
March 18th 2012


15791 Comments


Cool.

Digging: Lantlos - .neon

Josh D.
March 18th 2012


13968 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I will probably leave after their set for the Enter Shikari tour. I don't need to hear that shit.

Adabelle
March 18th 2012


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The reason this didn't have a 5 review is that it isn't worthy of a 5.

Wears off after a while but yeah.

twlichty
March 18th 2012


3408 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

decent album but pretty MEH

Funeralopolis
March 18th 2012


11408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Doesn't wear off

NothingForSomething
March 18th 2012


186 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Agreed. If it had I would never have 5'd it.



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