Blindside
With Shivering Hearts We Wait


4.0
excellent

Review

by TreblinkAlive USER (3 Reviews)
January 7th, 2013 | 25 replies | 2,728 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With their first full length since The Great Depression, released almost six years prior, Blindside managed to bring their most cohesive album yet. With Shivering Hearts we Wait did not prove, however, to be their best album.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

No fan of Blindside could tell you, with honesty, that 2002's Silence was a mistake. Silence was easily their most widely loved album and it far surpassed their first two nearly forgotten albums. What can be said about Silence, though, is that while it eclipsed the past two albums, it also made the following two albums slight disappointments in the hearts of many fans. About a Burning Fire was well liked, but many were quick to point out that they enjoyed Silence more. By 2005 when Blindside released the aptly titled The Great Depression they were kind of like some unfortunate aspiring comedian that has to follow up Louis CK; the issue is that Blindside is both Louis CK and his following act in this analogy. "Tough crowd, tough crowd," would have been a fair sentiment for the band to hold over their fans' response.

Until 2011, the only thing Blindside provided fans with was The Black Rose EP in 2008. This was hardly enough to whet the appetite of most, but many did appreciate the signs that they were turning from the sound they exhibited on The Great Depression. From 2008 on fans waited patiently through false release dates and much uncertainty, until finally: With Shivering Hearts we Wait.

The album begins with one of the strongest tracks they've released since their inception, "There Must be Something in the Water." The track is relatively heavy, and has a perfect balance of Christian Lindskog's screaming and singing. The chorus is strong and driving, and when the song reaches the bridge the band switches up their game with an instrumental interlude consisting of the intro with some strings added in. The outro is one of the coolest things the band has ever done, with strings, guitars, and drums working together to create the closest thing to an "epic" sound Blindside has ever attempted.

The tracks "My Heart Escapes" and "It's all I Have" do a great job exhibiting the melodic aspect of Blindside, but alas tucked between them is a track more worth mentioning (for better, or for for worse.) "Monster on the Radio," is clearly meant to be the most radio friendly song on the album, while Christian sarcastically sings about how much he would give to be a popular radio star. Despite being ironical, the song does succeed in being catchy but it may turn off many fans.

"Our Love Saves Us" is an unusual track for Blindside. They've always put emphasis on their choruses, but in this song the chorus is even more of a focus. Even the instruments take a back seat to the vocal melody, as the guitars and drums are quite minimal in this song. But is the chorus worthy of so much focus? Yes, it certainly is. It is an emotionally charged song sung to a loved one who the vocalist has obviously been through some turmoil with, and it is carried out very well.

The next track "Bring out Your Dead" does a decent job showing off Blindside's ability to still pull of a solid post-hardcore song. "Withering," and "Cold," return to the melodic hard rock sound that defines most of the songs on the album. The majority of "Cold" could probably fit somewhere in the middle of Silence and actually add to the quality of the album. The album closes with a seven minute song "There Must be Something in the Wind." This song is probably the closest the album comes to being "soft" but it is never boring. They experiment more with the electronic sounds you might remember from some tracks off of The Great Depression. The song works really well, and is the perfect closer.

While this is their most cohesive album to date, Blindside certainly doesn't have anything quite at the level as "Pitiful" or "All of Us" on With Shivering Hearts We Wait. Lyrically, they cover territories that are familiar to the band. The lyricist seems to focus more on romantic turmoil in this effort than in previous efforts, but it works really well. The first and last songs have spiritual undertones, as with many of their past songs and the band remains as poetic as ever before.

People who are new to the band should definitely start elsewhere. If you enjoyed their past three albums, and haven't yet, give this a good listen or two. If you decide you aren't a fan of the whole album, you will most likely thoroughly enjoy a few of the tracks at least.

Recommended tracks: "There Must be Something in the Water," "My Heart Escapes," "Our Love Saves Us," and "There Must be Something in the Wind."


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TreblinkAlive
January 6th 2013



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is my first review. I noticed this album hadn't been given a full review yet, so I gave it a shot. Any criticism, kind or otherwise, will be appreciated.

SadAndHolyGlow
January 6th 2013



1517 Comments


Not a bad review at all. Nice firstie! However, I think you should state the lead singer's full name when you first address him instead of just his last or first, just for those unfamiliar with the band.

TreblinkAlive
January 6th 2013



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks! Yeah, I really should have. For some reason I was afraid doing so would give off the fanboy vibe. Probably not the best reasoning on my part.

SadAndHolyGlow
January 6th 2013



1517 Comments


I love your taste and approach to writing. Great job.

SadAndHolyGlow
January 6th 2013



1517 Comments


And by the way, you can still edit the review if you'd like from your profile.

TreblinkAlive
January 6th 2013



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really appreciate that, man. Definitely good to hear as my first feedback. Your taste is fantastic too. A lot of the bands you've rated highly, I've been meaning to listen to more.

cb123
January 6th 2013



2006 Comments


haven't really listened to anything besides silence and about a burning fire from these guys

TreblinkAlive
January 6th 2013



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, SadAndHoly, I edited it.

cb, if you were a big fan of those then the others are definitely worth a listen. If you weren't too
big on those two albums, then you've pretty much heard the best the band has to offer so far.

Edit: when I say "the others" I am speaking strictly of post-Silence albums. The debut and A Thought
Crushed my Mind are really different and I can't speculate as to who would enjoy them.

cb123
January 6th 2013



2006 Comments


yeah i tried a thought crushed my mind n found it horrible, the rose EP wasn't to bad but didn't really encourage me to keep looking into them at all

TreblinkAlive
January 6th 2013



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's fair, for sure.

DurzoBlint
January 6th 2013



1175 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Didn't enjoy this. Hated the vocals, and wasn't keen on the rest either. I am not familiar with this band outside of this album, but it didn't inspire me to check any other stuff out.

skoopy48
January 6th 2013



1487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

somebody finally reviewed this. Great album and a very good comeback....



Except for monster on the radio

TreblinkAlive
January 6th 2013



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

DurzoBlint, If you hated the vocals, the other albums might not change your opinion too much. However, Silence and About a Burning Fire are definitely better if you ever want to try anything else by them.

Some of the other people on Sputnik seem to really enjoy this particular track if you want a little taste of their old stuff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWLnDs_I4IU

But hey, if it's not your thing, it's not your thing.



TreblinkAlive
January 6th 2013



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad I could be of some help, skoopy. I don't even skip Monster on the Radio when I listen to this haha. The catchiness of it does appeal to me. But I admit, it is weak for them.

DurzoBlint
January 6th 2013



1175 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

That song certainly was better, but I would choose many other post hardcore songs over that. I am not sure why I dislike his voice so much, it isn't so different from voices I usually like.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 7th 2013



50147 Comments


You have Treb in your name sweet

Digging: Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living

TreblinkAlive
January 7th 2013



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, thanks Trebor. It's in reference to Alive With the Glory of Love by Say Anything.

ProjectFreak
January 22nd 2013



1321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"About a Burning Fire was well liked, but many were quick to point out that they enjoyed Silence more. "

Really? Because the majority of Blindside fans I know would disagree.

TreblinkAlive
February 11th 2013



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It was my impression, just from what I had seen people say in reviews on a couple sites. You may very well be right; I haven't actually met many Blindside fans in person.

Ecnalzen
October 3rd 2013



6504 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty damn decent. Thought Monster on the Radio was a bit on the shitty side though.



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