The Archers
Much More Than Merry Men


4.5
superb

Review

by thechodewarrior USER (27 Reviews)
March 24th, 2012 | 3 replies | 1,280 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Indie-folk-pop band release stellar debut packed with beautiful harmonies and superb musicianship.

It’s a clear spring day. You have just woken up, completely refreshed and eager to start the day. You open up your bedroom curtains and golden sunlight infiltrates your room, brightening up the room. You can’t help but let this put a slight smile on your face. You open your window to take a breath of fresh air, and you hear birds chirping. Not just regular chirping, mind you. This chirping is not like anything you’ve ever heard before. All the birds in your range of hearing are harmonized in the most beautifully structured way possible. The sounds of nature add in to the melodies and create a sort of natural orchestra and now you have no choice but to plaster a goofy grin on your face out of sheer beauty. This is what listening to The Archers debut is akin to.

Nothing throughout the album sounds forced. Everything feels natural and everything fits right into place. Every composition is unique and wonderful considering the band is fresh out of high school. The production is crystal clear and every instrument is heard. The band even throws in some mandolins, wind chimes and other unorthodox instruments and, to add the icing to the cake, they use them to their full potential. Nothing is wasted. A perfect example being opening track The Sun Will Rise.

The lyrics aren’t the most original, but the harmonies and melodies make it easily overlookable. Having that been said, the lyrics are ripe with emotion and honesty. One of two front men Ethan Caleb’s voice could potentially annoy some people, but that’s still not a big deal seeing as they place more emphasis on compositions and harmonies. It’s a good thing they do, too, because that’s what they do best. The Archers are known around their (and my) home town solely because of their harmonies, and it’s damn well understandable. Listen to the album, it’s well worth your time.



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thechodewarrior
March 24th 2012



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

don't know why the album cover isn't showing...
[edit] derp, nevermind

Vespiion
March 25th 2012



1222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will be checking this out shortly.

Digging: FKA Twigs - LP1

Vespiion
March 25th 2012



1222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, sweet stuff.



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