As I Lay Dying
Awakened


4.5
superb

Review

by Attis USER (12 Reviews)
September 26th, 2012 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Can't we just let ourselves forget what you've just told us? Can't we just let ourselves forget what you've made us do? Will we lie to ourselves to be happy? In your case, AILD... yes we will.

It's been so long since As I Lay Dying first reminded us of how it feels to be human. Frail Words Collapse ushered us into a newly found youth, while An Ocean Between Us drowned all our reasonable expectations in an ocean of self-awareness and fragility. Memories can change the shape of a room; they can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They're just an interpretation, they're not a record, and they're irrelevant if you have the facts. Fortunately for AILD (and us), their music is their facts, memories cemented in our subconscious as certainties. So what happens when memories become loose, not bound in space or time?

That's what listening to Awakened feels like. Like the clumsy youngsters pouring their hearts into songs like Forsaken and Nothing Left, on Awakened AILD strive to recapture the magnitude of the impact of their past records. But it's not only the music that tries to feel familiar. AILD are also trying to re-create entire memories, fool us with the image of comfort and ease. Oddly, we can just feel the details. The bits and pieces we never bothered to put into words. And we can feel these extreme moments, even if we don't want to. We put these together, and we get the feel of an album. Enough to know how much we miss them, and how much we hate the people who took them away. Yet most of the praise surrounding Awakened is forced on, by and for the listeners themselves. When we listened to Awakened we thought we saw recognition. Now we know. We fake it. If we think we're supposed to recognize some hidden sonic pattern, we just pretend. We bluff it to get a pat on the head from the others. We bluff it to seem less like a freak.

Awakened is the sound of a band caught in a cycle that should have been stopped too long ago, yet the band still continues to push on. It is irrelevant whether the record is awarded 1 or 5 stars, because the album as such does not exist. It exist on an entirely different plane; oddly enough on the same plane that's occupied by other AILD records before there even was an idea of AILD. And this is where I raise concern for the band as a whole, with all their perfections and imperfections: How can they heal if they can't feel time? That's something only the band can figure out, while we silently suffer in the glory of their most recent record. After all, it is us who desperately seek what AILD chose to find. We all need AILD to remind ourselves of who we are. I'm no different.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
KILL
September 26th 2012


71957 Comments


things not what they used to be

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

Attis
September 26th 2012


333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A!lbum is tearing me apart inside. Pos is most welcome.

Attis
September 26th 2012


333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Indeed KILL.

JAXETA
September 26th 2012


780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

awesome review

HitlerIsTheBest
September 26th 2012


1575 Comments


lol

Friday13th
September 26th 2012


2546 Comments


You're trying way too hard, bro. I got absolutely nothing from this review other than it's the same thing as before and you're delusional about how impactful it is.

Digging: Donovan - A Gift From A Flower To A Garden

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2012


50500 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I have no clue what you found in this to make it a 4.5 damn every other AILD album must be a 10 for you

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2012


50500 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Talk about the music

Durrzo
September 26th 2012


1109 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This review tells us pretty much nothing about the album, which is the point of a review. Trying a different way of reviewing is nice and all, but if I didn't know what the album sounded like this review would do literally nothing to give me an idea.

Attis
September 26th 2012


333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well forgive me for trying to help you to understand this album...

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2012


19913 Comments


Relax Attis. It's well written, just try to talk more about the actual music next time.

Digging: Dornenreich - Freiheit

Attis
September 26th 2012


333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Music is not important; it's the feelings we associate with it that makes us who we are.

Zappo
September 26th 2012


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Troll?

guitarnater
September 26th 2012


917 Comments


"Music is not important; it's the feelings we associate with it that makes us who we are."

Yup, I'm done reading anything you post.

ThunderNeutral21
September 26th 2012


3864 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

It's been so long since As I Lay Dying first reminded us of how it feels to be human

KILL
September 26th 2012


71957 Comments


am i the only one who understands the genius behind these reviews???/

TalonsOfFire
September 26th 2012


8111 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This whole review basically sums up the song Wasted Words, amazing song. The other songs were good, but not as memorable as the stuff from Powerless Rise and Ocean Between Us

Digging: Musk Ox - Woodfall

Storm In A Teacup
September 27th 2012


13149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have not heard this yet, but oh I am quite the excited.

Based off the review and the reviewers follow up comments, I can can appreciate the review with admiration and understanding, but I also feel some added description of the album would have been helpfull and usefull.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2012


50500 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

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