The Bulletproof Tiger
You Wanna Kiss About it?


4.5
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Review

by XingKing USER (13 Reviews)
November 29th, 2012 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Despite the horrible song titles, album cover and band name, Bulletproof Tiger's debut is a journey through bright canyons and dark storms that is an impressive feat of math rock.

Technical music can often times prove difficult to digest. Constant tempo changes, odd time signitures and the overall insanity that it portrays can overwhelm most listeners and the style is generally reserved only for those who seek it out. Ohio's the Bulletproof Tiger seek to remedy that problem with their first full length, You Wanna Kiss About It? showcasing technicality alongside genuine fun.

Within 30 seconds of album opener Franko Spanko's Greatest Hit's intro, it is obvious that the guys behind the instruments possess an abundance of talent and skill. The guitar and bass work is melodically frantic but remains tight while being complemented by the equally complex drums. Each instrument is incredibly crisp and has a bright tone. Often times, every member is playing something intricate but they never overpower the rest of the band. Everyone knows their place and their boundries and it is this sonic mastery that really allows the Bulletproof Tiger to succeed.

The difference between Bulletproof Tiger and other math bands is that though the band utilizes finger tapping and insanely gifted fretboard hands, not fingers, it is never technicality for technicalities sake. The music contains enough melody and soothing sections that listening to You Wanna Kiss About It? never becomes a chore, but instead a delightful journey through bright canyons within the first half and a storm through the second. The band knows exactly when to slow things down so the listener doesn't become overloaded. Each song features a slower section, such as the middle of Everything Popular is Wrong and the entirety of the appropriately titled Our Band Name Sucks, or something more groove oriented such as the 3 second mark of Franko Spanko's Greatest Hit that would fit right at home on a Minus the Bear record. Typically, these sections are extremely brief but they allow enough room to breathe before the tappings can resume that the listener isn't beaten over the head.

It is within the second half of the album that the band displays a much more post rock vibe and it is a welcome addition. The outro to Garth "The Belt" Brooks treats us to our first taste of distortion while finger tapping leads us into a powerful crescendo that feels like a storm is on it's way. A third of the way through, Paper, Socks, Raper we are treated to a soothing jazz like section with ambient chords while the drums rain down before Christopher "Walken" Reeve has it pouring. The final track, Menter Mandman, ends the album in the exact opposite manner that it started. Calm.

Though the album is wildly complex, it is very calculated in a manner that never feels forced and is always fun. The Bulletproof Tiger's You Wanna Kiss About It? is a mind blowing debut that should prove to be a wonderful introduction into the world of math rock for those curious as long as they wish to think and dream with their music.



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XingKing
November 29th 2012


10958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Stream:
http://thebulletprooftiger.bandcamp.com/

Recommended tracks:
An Awkward Moment With a Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Menter Mandman

foxblood
November 29th 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great summary lol sounds interesting

foxblood
November 29th 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wow this is cool. didn't expect it to be this mathy. it's like if hella was more indie

XingKing
November 29th 2012


10958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The guitarwork is like "whatthefuuuuuuck" intense

foxblood
November 29th 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn i love when math has good melody with a purpose it's such a good combination. only on the 3rd song but i fucking love it so far

XingKing
November 29th 2012


10958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm checking out your bandcamp right now and I love those post rock sections. Nice stuff, man.

Calc
November 29th 2012


12301 Comments


good review, it's a little cliche-y but well written again.

this looks awesome i shall check it out

Digging: Mr. Oizo - The Church

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012


20077 Comments


great review as always

Digging: Circa Survive - Descensus

foxblood
November 29th 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

man this starts strong and keeps getting better until the end. garth brooks in particular is amazing

and thanks man i really appreciate it.

XingKing
November 29th 2012


10958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I pretty much shit this review out super quick because I felt like I needed to be productive instead of browsing the internet. It's probably one of my worst along with my Ritual Mess review but thanks dudes.

SUFFOCATION? NOBODY HAS EVER HEARD OF THEM!

XingKing
November 29th 2012


10958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is also the first thing I've reviewed that didn't come out in 2012. I'd like you all to know that.

Yazz_Flute
November 29th 2012


18855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah these guys are really good.

Also, the song-titles on Stab the New Cherry rule.

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XingKing
November 29th 2012


10958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm not sure which are worse, but New Cherry at least amuses me with the song titles.

foxblood
November 29th 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

We Like Girls Who Have Dicks And Look Like Men And Also Are Men

XingKing
November 29th 2012


10958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That one is awesome

foxblood
November 29th 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best song title ever agreed

foxblood
November 29th 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is def a 4.5

VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012


1034 Comments


Good work man, I almost want to neg you for bringing that album cover to my attention, but its a good read. Pos.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012


2845 Comments


I've never really listened to math rock before. But i really am digging this. What's similar that i can also check out?

Yazz_Flute
November 29th 2012


18855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I really dislike the album cover, but I suppose that was their intention.



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