O'Brother
Garden Window


5.0
classic

Review

by Apollo USER (25 Reviews)
July 11th, 2012 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Breaking the boundaries of traditional genre classification

O'Brother are an interesting band. At first listen, the term post-rock comes to mind. After a few listens to Garden Window however, everything from hard rock, folk, post-rock/metal, indie and alt rock jump out. While this may seem like a cacophonous blend of differing genres that should not work, Garden Window is plainly brilliant. The mix of tempos driven by sometimes down tuned guitars and heavy distorted bass, driving drums and tortured shrieks and beautiful crooning of vocalist Tanner Merritt combine to define one of the most intriguing albums of 2011.

Opener Malum is a slow burning heavy number which simply servers as an opener to the high octane Queens Of The Stone Age-esque Lo. The energy continues with Sputnik before declining to the piano melody tinged Poison! which slows things down. The post-rock rears its head in this track with gorgeous leads trickling out between the bass heavy riffs and off kilter drum signatures. Musical diversity becomes readily apparent in this song as the song slows down near the end, becoming repetitive lyrically, yet so effective in its emotional buildup. As the album plods on with a lull in energy through the middle, the beautiful climaxes in Lay Down and Easy Talk continue to astound.

Garden Window is brilliant in its ambition and the realization of that ambition. While drawing on obvious influences such as GYBE!, Year Of No Light and Mono, the band manage to create an album unique in its melding of seemingly different influences. For the most part, the vocals are sung however in songs such as Cleanse Me the screamed vocals give the listener chills in the intensity and phenomenal delivery. The post-metal influence is most clearly shown in this song, showcasing pounding percussion, droning feedback and crashing cymbal work.

Garden Window may take several listens to fully appreciate in it's beauty and chaos. Such time invested is well worth it. The listener is rewarded in discovering something of truly excelling value: music that has complexity, intelligence and sincerity.



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Apollo
July 11th 2012


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

mmm this album makes me hard

elephantREVOLUTION
July 11th 2012


2791 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i need to try to listen to these guys some more. i never got that into them, but i can say that they are pretty unique and i saw them open for thrice and the sounded great. and the review is short but not bad. pos.

BirthRite
July 11th 2012


1318 Comments


This album is extremely pleasant to my ears and I'd probably 5 it too or at least 4.5 it. These guys ate doing music justice.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 11th 2012


50960 Comments


Another Apollo review, oh brother

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East Hastings
July 11th 2012


4393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

seeing them perform this live makes it a lot better

ZedO
July 11th 2012


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool album, president!

Apollo
July 11th 2012


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm guessing it was this dick ^ who negged

Thanks everyone else

Maniac!
July 11th 2012


26257 Comments


I negged

shit album

shit review

shit user

Colliiiin
July 11th 2012


674 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dont know about a 5 but this album is pretty awesome, it always reminded me a bunch of Thrice.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 11th 2012


17231 Comments


ummmmmmmm...

Apollo
July 11th 2012


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

what's up there Adam?

PuddlesPuddles
July 11th 2012


4787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is the band he wanted to be a part of

Quen
July 11th 2012


1633 Comments


yeah these dudes are so great live.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 11th 2012


16922 Comments


Album is great, but not a 5 to me. Good review anyway.

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PistolPete
February 25th 2013


3650 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Surprising some of the comparison bands you guys bring up (QOTSA and Thrice) because they sound more like Fair to Midland than anything, even have Muse-like vocals too.

Album is interesting but I need a few more listens to figure out whether it's for me or not.



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