Magdalene
Sail with the Tide


4.0
excellent

Review

by johnny of the Well USER (38 Reviews)
October 7th, 2012 | 16 replies | 1,131 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A haunting reminder that post rock still is still relevant

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Music can be disturbing for a number of reasons, tortured vocals, grim lyrics and disarming minimalism being but a few. With their first full album, Italian band Magdalene acheive this effect by using subtle atmospheres so drenched in unease and tension that the listener cannot help but feel anticipation and become at least slightly unsettled. It is also worth mentioning that they took a huge step away from their self-titled debut EP, which was far more screamo influenced than this post rock milestone.

Opener Following a False Beacon is perhaps the most aptly-named song that I have yet to hear, starting off with a menacing arpeggio that gradually evolves, becoming more and more mysterious, until the vocals come in, sounding hopeless and desperate, and then the song moves onto the climax; it doesn't explode or suddenly crescendo, or anything else that might sound contrived, it simply devolops further, at its own pace. This is an important aspect of the whole album; nothing happens either too quickly or too slowly, with the result that it sounds completely natural and therefore even more creepy. The other songs unfold in a similar way to the opener, with basic themes gradually explored and expanded upon until they reach a terrifying climax and with vocals used sparingly. The closer, Pagan deserves special mention for having an especially haunting vocal performance that makes the song even more powerful.

For a good example of the kind of vibe that this album gives off, think of the scene in Lord of the Rings when Frodo and co. are making their way through a treacherous swamp en route to Mordor, with misleading fires burning all around and corpses hidden under the surface of the water. The atmosphere here is exactly the same, portraying fear, lack of direction and confusion perfectly.

There are a few flaws with Sail With the Tide. Since all the songs sound so similar, it doesn't lend itself well towards repeated listening, although it's fairly short, so doesn't drag if just listened through once. Also, the title track is notably worse than the other tracks; it's not a bad song, and the atmosphere is still powerful, but it isn't nearly as enjoyable as the rest of the album. However, the musical ideas behind the album are far too strong to let the lack of diversity drag it down. I recommend this to any fan of music, since it is very accessible.

Pros
Great atmospheres
Songs devolop perfectly
Short; doesn't drag

Cons
Title track
Little variation
Not great repeated listening

Top 4
1. Following a False Beacon
2. Pagan
3. Thousand of Plagues
4. Sail with the Tide



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johnnydeking29
October 7th 2012



8987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://magdalenemagdalene.bandcamp.com/
Check it out
I kept the review short and sweet :]

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2012



15800 Comments


'kin ell and english isnt even your first language is it, review pos'd heavily

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johnnydeking29
October 7th 2012



8987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol, English is my first language, thanks for pos

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2012



15800 Comments


oh, damn, its shit then ill neg

johnnydeking29
October 7th 2012



8987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

aww man, I'll have to unlearn English so my reviews look better

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2012



15800 Comments


damn just blathering man, ofc its a pos

johnnydeking29
October 7th 2012



8987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol, I know bro, ty

ADM20
October 7th 2012



48 Comments


Never heard of this one. Gonna have to try it out some time.

johnnydeking29
October 7th 2012



8987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Give it a go, especially since you're digging godspeed

GiaNXGX
October 7th 2012



4867 Comments


I rated this yesterday after listening; I was thinking about reviewing it..

>guy posts a review


So ironic! Great review, amazing album. POS'd

johnnydeking29
October 7th 2012



8987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers, review it anyway so that number of votes=number of reviews

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2012



19464 Comments


Good review but the summary shouldn't have the word still in it twice. Pos'd though

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Calc
October 7th 2012



12014 Comments


"so drenched in unease and tension that the listener cannot help but feel anticipation"

A better word to use would be anxious or some variation of it.

"Opener Following a False Beacon is perhaps the most aptly-named song that I have yet to hear, starting off with a menacing arpeggio that gradually evolves, becoming more and more mysterious, until the vocals come in, sounding hopeless and desperate, and then the song moves onto the climax; it doesn't explode or suddenly crescendo, or anything else that might sound contrived, it simply devolops further, at its own pace."

mega run-on sentence

looks interesting though I should check this out

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bakkermaarten007
October 7th 2012



3304 Comments


I'd better check this out then.

paxman
October 7th 2012



4084 Comments


"Summary: A haunting reminder that post rock still is still relevant"

"Release Date: 2010"

Don't think so

johnnydeking29
October 8th 2012



8987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bitch plz, 2 years isn't that long...



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