The Pirate Ship Quintet
Rope for No-Hopers


4.5
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Review

by jimmykidd USER (1 Reviews)
May 27th, 2012 | 19 replies | 5,207 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Haunting, melancholic, raw and completely beautiful. Each instrument is played with such great timing and virtuosity. 'Rope for No-Hopers' is one of the albums of the year.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Right from the opening chords of “You’re Next” you know you're in for something special with “Rope for No-Hopers.” You have always had that one album that means something more to you than most. That feeling you get, deep down, that the music was truly telling the story of your life. I have had experiences with such albums in the past, but nothing quite like “Rope for No-Hopers.” It gives you that exact feeling - That there is no hope, and the rope is getting shorter. At times, it almost lures you into a false sense of security. Making you feel like you are ok, that everything is going to be ok. And in one beautiful fell swoop, it brings you back to that familiar place. It brings you back to reality. Where ever that is for you..

The album opener “You’re Next” is the perfect beginning to this 48 minute melancholic dream. It is the longest song on the album, and in my opinion, the best. The warm opening of the guitar welcomes a haunting cello not even a minute into the song. The track really hits home at about the 5 minute mark with all instruments meeting each other and creating a great crescendo. Do not get complacent, though, for it lures you back, and proceeds with a subtle bass line and cello.

That exact vibe is apparent throughout the rest of the album. The addition of harsh, heartfelt vocals are scattered throughout the songs. On “Horse Manifesto” and “Dennis Many Times” they are most fitting, giving it an almost hardcore vibe. The track “Dennis Many Times” is an interesting piece. Consisting of mostly violin and eerie dissonant guitars, it hits its strides at about the 5 and a half minute mark with crushing guitars and gut-wrenching black metal type vocals in the distance. The closing song “Doldrums” is classic Post-Rock and a fitting ending. The violin plays a big role on this track, and as the song builds and releases, we are left with 3 minutes of that heartbreaking cello.

“The Pirate Ship Quintet” has created something truly special. “Rope for No-Hopers” is haunting, melancholic, raw and completely beautiful. Each instrument is played with such great timing and virtuosity. It is one of those albums that will draw you in, pull on the heart strings, crush you and make you feel safe at the same time. It will be that album that means something more to you than most. I know it sure is for me.


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jimmykidd
May 27th 2012



528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Just had to review this. Only took a few hours so could be messy.

It's my first review so any criticism is welcome. Constructive preferably haha.

Also I didn't mean to submit it i pressed enter accidentally. How do i edit it?

*Edit* I found out how, but the link seems to be broken for some reason?


BallsToTheWall
May 27th 2012



44164 Comments


Awesome album/review guy, props on doing this justice.

chambered49
May 27th 2012



1727 Comments


sounds cool good reviewwwww

jimmykidd
May 27th 2012



528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Cheers dudes. ^

@Balls - I hoped to do this justice. Glad you saw it that way. Ty!

auberginedreams
May 27th 2012



5984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is really good.

FelixCulpa
May 27th 2012



1237 Comments


Yeah this is really good. Been a while since I got into a new post-rock band. Also the band shared and thanked "sputnik" on their facebook page.

jimmykidd
May 27th 2012



528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Wow, Didn't expect that. Cool of them to do that!

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2012



2714 Comments


Yeh I've been jamming to this recently, it's very good.

BallsToTheWall
May 27th 2012



44164 Comments


Oh shit I didn't realize this was a new album. Wow Need this.

jimmykidd
May 27th 2012



528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"Fatal error: Call to undefined function numcheck() in /var/www/html/sputnik/editreviews.php on line 5"

Lovely. I need to edit!

minty901
June 12th 2012



1962 Comments


yeah this is kinda good. feels like ive heard it 100 times before though. basically meniscus crossed with a more upbeat godspeed. bit of gifts from enola screams thrown in, which is good. *sigh* post-rock fatigue.

bakkermaarten007
November 1st 2012



3299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Devastating.

Ignimbrite
November 27th 2012



5294 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This gets better with every listen.

saris340
November 27th 2012



34 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very decent album.

bakkermaarten007
November 27th 2012



3299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes, indeed. This is close to a 4,5 but just falls short (4,2 I'd say). The EP is even a tad better (4,25)

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2014



8741 Comments


listening now and so far it just sounds like a more boring the evpatoria report

bakkermaarten007
March 11th 2014



3299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol. Evpatoria may only wish they could create these songs.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2014



8741 Comments


idk why they'd wish to be boring

bakkermaarten007
March 11th 2014



3299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To each his own. But PSQ are on of the few post-rock bands that made a lasting impression on me.



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