Ulver
Childhood's End


3.5
great

Review

by King Henry VIII USER (63 Reviews)
June 4th, 2012 | 58 replies | 8,789 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ulver pays homage to their childhood's musical exposure.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

It's been one year since Ulver released War of the Roses, and now they have the audacity to deprive their fan base by releasing a cover album, and not new material! Those bastards! It seems to be that case, yet the band's gears are still turning, with perhaps new inspiration. Basically, every single song is originating from the 60's psychedelic era from big named bands from that time period, such as Jefferson Airplane or The Pretty Things. Even so, when I look back on the album, I can't help but wonder about the band's future. Childhood's End could be the leading factor that determines any musical direction the band will have for any upcoming future release. For all we know they might be creating a new era for themselves by covering these songs, or it's as simple as it is, a cover album. But that's just speculation.

As the album goes, the most expected reaction towards this release is probably, “Oh, it's just a compilation of covers, it's gonna suck ass”, without any consideration of being open-minded. Generally that thought process usually is the case with covers in general; the ruining-of-classics-syndrome as I call it, just look at Korn covering Pink Floyd. This time around Childhood's End turns out to be one of those rare exceptions. For the most part, Ulver is treading in some deep waters by coming too close to that unforgivable ruining-of-classics-syndrome. Somehow or other they manage to swim out of that mess and instead they hit a bulls-eye by adding that “Ulver” vibe to it all. The songs “The Trap”, “I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night”, “Magic Hollow”, and “Street Song”are great examples as why this compilation is worthy for entering any Ulver playlist, and the entire album itself is quite enjoyable.

Whether or not, it's still considered to be “new material”, but lets be honest, we can't rush greatness, and have knee-jerk reactions demanding new albums over a cover album. It's been one year people, so let's not get in a twist over a cover album after one year of new material being released. You just might be surprised of how enjoyable this cover album is. At the end of the day, Childhood's End stands clear as a formidable release, even if it is a compilation of covers. A true must-have for any Ulver fan.



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FictionalFlames
June 4th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've been on a roll this week.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2012



20356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listened to some of this the other day, it's pretty good.

CaptainDooRight
June 4th 2012



28791 Comments


Good review bro. Pos. I may have to check this out. Your review was quite convincing.

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

FictionalFlames
June 4th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks brah.

Listen to I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night, then come back to me to see if you wanna check this out.

Graveyard
June 4th 2012



5691 Comments


Haven't listened to this one yet

I'll get on it

Digging: Total Control - Typical System

CaptainDooRight
June 4th 2012



28791 Comments


"Listen to I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night, then come back to me to see if you wanna check this out."

sounds good, will do

EyesWideShut
June 4th 2012



3122 Comments


“Oh, it's just a compilation of covers, it's gonna suck ass”

i dont think many people heard the originals so this will just be Ulver making good psychedelic rock..

its cool album yo.

Venpts16
June 4th 2012



283 Comments


Awesome review, Fictional! Definitely pos'd!

FictionalFlames
June 4th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@EyesWideShut, People always have retarded reactions to things, especially elitists, so I more or less just covered that problem.



@Venpts16 thanks man

CaptainDooRight
June 4th 2012



28791 Comments


Needs Feature

FictionalFlames
June 4th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tell the staff or something. I don't think it would be kosher if i did it. Plus it was released not too long ago.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 4th 2012



5996 Comments


Well written review, pos, although it could be more detailed in the description of the music.

Digging: Lisa Gerrard - Twilight Kingdom

CaptainDooRight
June 4th 2012



28791 Comments


"Tell the staff or something"

will do

CaptainDooRight
June 4th 2012



28791 Comments


hmmm that's weird my ability to post in the threads is no longer there. Not sure what happened. Logged in twice, still doesn't work.

I even left a comment earlier today that worked so I'm not sure what happened bro.

FictionalFlames
June 4th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Voivod thanks man. I know it could've had more detail about the music. I just didn't find anywhere it could've fit within the review, because I wanted the reader/listener to go out of their way to listen to it and find what they like more.

FictionalFlames
June 4th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Captain you're probably blocked. try another staff member.

CaptainDooRight
June 4th 2012



28791 Comments


Hmm that's weird. All I did was request a feature for the Ahab review for Noctus.

What do you mean by trying another staff member? Are referring to me shoutboxing one of the mods?

FictionalFlames
June 4th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

When you said : "hmmm that's weird my ability to post in the threads is no longer there. Not sure what happened. Logged in twice, still doesn't work.

I even left a comment earlier today that worked so I'm not sure what happened bro."


I thought you were saying you were putting a shout in a staff member's shoutbox and it wasn't showing. So I suggested about another staff's shoutbox.


tarkus
June 4th 2012



5560 Comments


i looked for this when it came out

im still skeptical

FictionalFlames
June 4th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I used youtube to listen to it.



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