Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)
What It Takes to Move Forward


5.0
classic

Review

by Michael Snoxall USER (47 Reviews)
October 3rd, 2012 | 87 replies | 2,916 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: F*ck it.

13 of 19 thought this review was well written

Music holds an emotional trigger that, for better or worse, cannot be escaped once it drags you to its level. And it can work on any level. Music can grant the feeling of happiness, sadness, anger, nostalgia, motivation, inspiration, empathy, sympathy, shock, horror- anything. And we cannot stop it, not once it has gotten a hold of you. There’s a constant desire of some (or at least myself), to know I’m not the only one who’s going through a similar struggle. It doesn’t make us feel any better, why would it? But why do we do this to ourselves? Emotional pain is all self-inflicted, so why do people put themselves through that? I don’t want to be happy, I want to wallow in my own self-pity, and I want to lie on the floor for hours thinking of ways to end it all. What It Takes To Move Forward caught me at the perfect time in my life to make me feel like the biggest pile of shit there ever was. And I can’t stop listening to it, how could I?

From the second the album starts, I have been cast into perpetual sorrow. I cannot fathom how a single note can evoke such emotions to make such a dramatic stir within myself. My stomach churns, my body shivers, my head aches and I lose track of the world around me. This album makes the life I live seem even more hopeless than it seemed beforehand, the beauty and the magic of it is that I cannot find the desire to stop it. Keith Latinen’s singing is like an ephemeral, dying breath just barely escaping from between his lips. It sounds tiring, makes life a heavier burden to bear.

Maybe, in time, this album will help teach me what it takes to move forward, but right now it’s doing nothing but gluing my eyes to a former high I wish to achieve again; I cannot yet accept that I never will. This album causes me to think; “I guess if I’m going to put myself through this, I had better do it right.”

“I have not forgiven you,
I don’t think that I will.

Will you ever know how hard it was to say,
“You are a lost cause, and I can’t save you now”?

I have not come to set things right,
I have come to say goodbye.”




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Hogan CONTRIBUTOR (5)
A portrait of a man with little faith left....

Nevin (4.5)
What It Takes To Move Forward is a wonderfully sad ride that will keep you listening for hours....

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... and just when I thought my top albums of the year weren't going to be upset by a relative unknow...


Comments:Add a Comment 
MichaelSnoxall
October 3rd 2012



12163 Comments


Album didn't need a review, but fuck you, I need to express random shit in multiple places all over the internet to try and make myself feel like people want to see what I have to say.

BigBlob
October 3rd 2012



1632 Comments


affirmative

MichaelSnoxall
October 3rd 2012



12163 Comments


Negatory.

ThroneOfAgony
October 3rd 2012



3485 Comments


uhhhhhh

MichaelSnoxall
October 3rd 2012



12163 Comments


ehhhhhh

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sweet

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JackSparrow
October 3rd 2012



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Perfect album

minty901
October 3rd 2012



1978 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck those who neg'd it. this was an entertaining review and well-written. it wasn't informative, but that doesn't matter, the other reviews are there for that.

Ecnalzen
October 3rd 2012



6487 Comments


What an interesting take on a review.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



23800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

these guys spend more time writing their song titles than the actual songs themselves. album is ok but it's either crazy overrated or i just don't "get it"

ThunderNeutral21
October 3rd 2012



3864 Comments


h8 u

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



23800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

riff you really need to get laid

someguest
October 3rd 2012



20393 Comments


sadly in 2012 there are no more viking ladies

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sweet

KILL
October 3rd 2012



71134 Comments


i'd prob hate this shall i check it out

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nah

KILL
October 3rd 2012



71134 Comments


sweet dlin now

KILL
October 3rd 2012



71134 Comments


nah dude i always listen at least once to shtity albums but you never know this 5 review has convinced me

KILL
October 3rd 2012



71134 Comments


was sowings articulate thoughts not good enough for you? high standards bro

alachlahol
October 3rd 2012



7477 Comments


shit review



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