The Hope and the Failure
The Lights Are on But This Dance Never Ends


3.5
great

Review

by jayfatha USER (30 Reviews)
April 30th, 2012 | 24 replies | 3,450 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Perhaps not the most original screamo you've heard in awhile, but this could be some of the most emotional.

Some bands really have a knack for making you feel whatever they’re feeling in their songs. The Hope and the Failure, a female fronted Swedish screamo band, are feeling pretty blue and they’re going to do the same to you. Their first and only album The Lights Are On But This Dance Never Ends wraps you in melancholy from start to finish, with an ever-present, uneasy-yet-serene atmosphere that almost makes you feel uncomfortable listening to it. This might be a turn off to some, and while The Hope and the Failure don’t necessarily bring anything new to the table, fans of the genre should definitely find this album to be worth a listen.

What first drew me to the album was that the vocalist is in fact a woman, something I’ve always been partial to, and I wasn’t disappointed. Ina’s screaming is simply overflowing with emotion; you really can feel her pain in every line which can be overwhelming, that’s where the short length of the album (29 minutes) works in their favor. She occasionally changes it up with spoken word sections that aren’t quite as interesting. They don’t catch your attention like they should on an album where the vocals are as important as they are, it sounds as if she’s just reading monotonously off of a piece of paper. A piece of paper with some whiney lyrics written on it might I add, but that is sort of the point. They fit the overall feel of the music which is the most important part, even if they’re not all that well written.

While the vocals contribute heavily to the somber feel of this album, the music itself is what makes it. There’s nothing very technically impressive, but there’s certainly quite a bit of songwriting skill being put to work here. They manage to keep things sinister sounding, yet oddly uplifting at times for something so depressing, which the track Embrace is a good example of. In addition to that, there are a few mini-atmospheres that are found throughout the album, like on Violet which is more hateful and angry, or Prozac Hell which is more on the lighter, sadder side of things.

As I mentioned before, the album is short, but it is not free of repetition. There are quite a few sections that go on for too long, which basically stops the captivation that record had until that section passes. That issue removes much of the experience that I feel [i]The Lights Are On[i/] could have had. On the bright side, we’re still left with a fantastic piece of screamo that should please anyone looking to go deeper into the genre for at least a little while. As of right now, The Hope and the Failure are not together, but from what I understand there will be an eventual follow-up to this album; if that’s the case, there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll see an essential addition to the genre, considering this was them just getting started.



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jayfatha
April 30th 2012



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First review in a long ass time. It probably shows, but i'm just tryna get back into it. I've been trying to write this for a month and a half so I just said fuck it and did this, hopefully it's not too bad

TheSpirit
April 30th 2012



17798 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this really needed a review but a 3.5 is too low for this tbh

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TheSpirit
April 30th 2012



17798 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

also this is pretty different than a lot of other screamo releases, i don't recall that many that feature songs which are basically half spoken word pieces

jayfatha
April 30th 2012



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yea I know most people dig this more than me but this is just how I saw the album, truth be told I haven't heard all that much screamo

TheSpirit
April 30th 2012



17798 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

fair enough i guess, for what it's worth the review is still good, i just disagree with some of what you say.

pos

TheSpirit
April 30th 2012



17798 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

if you like this though you should check out heart on my sleeve, it's ina's new band

jayfatha
April 30th 2012



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks bro i'll be sure to hear that

sniper
April 30th 2012



19048 Comments


this band is sweet.

TheSpirit
August 23rd 2012



17798 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Had to bump this up to a 5, this has become my favorite emo/screamo album ever.

Evreaia
August 23rd 2012



4031 Comments


it's cool

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TheSpirit
August 30th 2012



17798 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Ugh fapping over this hard right now

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 1st 2012



50293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn this rules
Why do swedish bands have the best clean guitar tones?

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TheSpirit
September 13th 2012



17798 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Cause swederocks

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 15th 2012



50293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This rules so hard

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2012



50293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So many plebs not listening to this

eternium
November 1st 2012



16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pleb is the dumbest fucking word.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2012



50293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tongue in cheek dudes

sixdegrees
March 17th 2013



17012 Comments


good stuff, agreed on the spoken word parts they were kind of aimless.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2013



50293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still only 29 ratings what

sixdegrees
November 17th 2013



17012 Comments


ur welcome



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