Reverse The Curse
Hither and Yon


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by welljesuschrist USER (15 Reviews)
November 11th, 2012 | 8 replies | 818 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Interesting, diverse and eschewing easy categorisation, Reverse The Curse's debut is a masterpiece.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

If anyone tells you Reverse the Curse sound like Brand New, they really don't. Whilst admittedly the comparison sparked my initial interest, there's little here that sounds like any era of Lacey's ever evolving outfit, be it Deja's wordy emo confessionals or the abrasive noise-rock of Daisy.

Opener 'Bell, Book & Candle' is more akin to indie rock titans …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead's 'Relative Ways' than anything by Long Island's finest. And on 'Seasons', vocalist Ed Starcher channels Planes Mistaken for Stars' Gared O'Donnell when he bellows 'seasons, you just start to end' in a painfully raw roar.

Moving beyond comparisons 'Bathers' is an early album highlight with Starcher crooning 'soon you'll kill all the things I love' before returning to his throaty yell during the unexpectedly catchy chorus. 'Serotonin' is the most straightforward offering but also the most redundant, its jangly guitar lines and pop-punk chorus feeling determinedly out of place. Luckily, it is immediately countered by 'Seasons', a crushing, mid-tempo dirge - both the heaviest track on Hither & Yon and a strong contender for the best. 'Emitter' ends the record, initially subdued, swathed in southern twang, it erupts for one final minute of fury with Starcher repeatedly yelling 'wait, I've made trades that turned heaven into space'.

Hither & Yon is a genuinely diverse record, compelling, mature and avoiding easy characterisation but you're unlikely to cherry-pick tracks for play-lists or repeat listens. It feels like an album and requires patient and attentive listening. This is not a criticism, merely a warning for those seeking this decade's 'Jude Law and a Semester Abroad'. You certainly won't find it here.



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welljesuschrist
November 11th 2012



64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Originally here - http://www.youarentcool.com/reviews/44/hither-yon

Only put this up since I noticed it didn't already have a review and it's one of my favourite albums. So so good, please check it out if you haven't already.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2012



3330 Comments


Decent review, a little too track by track for my tastes but good and short nonetheless. Have a pos!

4N4LB34D5
November 11th 2012



274 Comments


This is a pretty sweet album. I decided to check it out after reading your review and ended up buying it. Just $5! I gives you pos for good review and for turning me on to these guys

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CaptainDooRight
November 11th 2012



28297 Comments


dang is this gd, wana say heard about them somewhere

the band name is, ill just say thought provoking in more than one type of wayz

my intricacy has puzzled my speech

in simple terms, I may check

pos

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bungy
November 11th 2012



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I got this album in some deal from their label and I remember being bored, I'll check it out again

welljesuschrist
November 11th 2012



64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

4N4LB34D5 - that's awesome. They're recording/just finished recording the follow up.

Thanks for the pos's.

4N4LB34D5
November 11th 2012



274 Comments


Sweet, any idea when it's coming out?

Funeralopolis
November 11th 2012



10986 Comments


sounds pretty good

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