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13.0.0.0.0


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jacob R. STAFF
January 16th, 2013 | 286 replies


Release Date: 01/22/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The guns are no longer necessary.

This Town Needs Guns are releasing their newest outing at the perfect time. The math-rock group's latest release 13.0.0.0.0 is named after the Mayan prophesies, and comes from the civilization's idea of the world truly beginning once 13 b’ak’tuns (periods of time containing 144,000 days each) have been completed. What great timing, too, because this concept is where the infamous Mayan prophesies of 2012 came from. 13.0.0.0.0 comes out right on the heels of the debacle, and intentional or not, the inherent connection gives This Town Needs Guns' latest record a more meaningful context.

The most important aspect of this album's Mayan background, though, is the idea of rebirth. Regardless of what the truth is behind the b'ak'tuns, it's undeniable that the end of every period of time calls for renewed spirits. This is the most important lesson from the prophesies, the pressing point This Town Needs Guns wants its listeners to consider: fresh starts are always possible. The group should know this truth particularly well, considering its numerous lineup changes over the last couple of years. The band has even changed vocalists, now running with Pennines' Henry Tremain. It's no surprise This Town Needs Guns is aiming for a fresh start when considering all the adjustments the group has undergone.

13.0.0.0.0 is a massive change to the Oxfordian musicians' formula, too, although it doesn't initially come across that way. Upon first listen, the band's latest installment feels like a natural continuation of This Town Needs Guns' sound. Opening track "Cat Fantastic" doesn't quite feel as anthemic as it becomes with future spins; similarly, the subdued outro of highlight track "I'll Take the Minute Snake" is easier to appreciate with an understanding of the track's structure. Many of 13.0.0.0.0's most powerful moments require patience, and listeners expecting Animals' immediacy will likely be disappointed at first.

Eventually, though, it's much easier to appreciate the more subdued nature of this album. 13.0.0.0.0 is powerful because it doesn't try to be; its power is in tow from the get-go. It's easy to miss the infectious subtleties here, but listeners with an open mind will find an album just as rewarding as all hoped it would be. Much of this has to do with the album's pacing, too. Animals' 15 tracks seems excessive when considering that this album has only eight full-fledged songs. While Animals was more a collection of good-to-great tracks from which the listener could pick favorites, 13.0.0.0.0 is a more concise and cohesive journey than its predecessor.

Has This Town Needs Guns changed in the way their latest concept implies? The group hasn't changed identities entirely but rather expanded their approach to math-rock, emphasizing melody over instrumental proficiency. 13.0.0.0.0 is packed to the brim with more memorable guitar hooks and vocal melodies than the group's fans are accustomed to, and the addition of Henry Tremain plays a large part in this change. The newcomer's singing fills Stuart Smith's shoes rather nicely, all while bringing a new energy to the table. It's an energy that's more personal this time around, too: Tremain's singing adds a distinctly emotional touch to the mix. This Town Needs Guns is known for imbuing emotion into tracks with fairly mechanistic time signatures, and this recent addition suits the group well. The funny thing about the group's lineup changes, though, is that the newfound changes aren't the huge change everyone predicted them to be. 13.0.0.0.0 is still This Town Needs Guns as we met them a few years back, albeit with an affinity for conciseness. It doesn't seem the Internet's favorite math-rock collective even needs a new year for a fresh start, because the group has been building towards this release its entire career.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2013


9034 Comments


I'm really glad I didn't review this

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2013


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

hehe.

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Emim
January 16th 2013


26625 Comments


I remember this band.


Also, awesome avatar.

ZilbelPing
January 16th 2013


6160 Comments


Listened to the stream today. Everything flowed along very nicely. From the first listen, I already like it more than Animals. The new vocalist is awesome and although I liked their old one just a bit more, the new vocalist's voice fits very well with the music and compliments it greatly.

MichaelSnoxall
January 16th 2013


12163 Comments


Good review. I agree, this isn't as immediate at Animals.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2013


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

I agree, Zilbel. I may even like this singer more than Stu.

Thanks dood! Yeah, it took me five or so listens to enjoy this one. I was expecting to write a 3 review for this!

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2013


23819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

very nice review jacob, easy pos

I was already excited for this album but I am now even more excited!

CasinoColumbus
January 16th 2013


340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stoked for this. From what I've heard I can already say I'll like this alot.

HBFS
January 16th 2013


1258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

can't stop listening to this. nice review

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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2013


6448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review for an awesome album Omaha. Man, 2013 rules so far!

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Tyrael
January 16th 2013


20876 Comments


this is really good

nice job man

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2013


21081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Will be checking this out. Nice review, pos

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2013


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Thanks guys! Get on this shit.

EaglesBecomeVultures
January 16th 2013


5236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Needs a feature! Nice write up, great album, win all around. This might be my AOTY.

EaglesBecomeVultures
January 16th 2013


5236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Also second paragraph should be prophecies*

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2013


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Thanks for the point-out, man, although it looks like either may be applicable. I found this on the words:

"A prophecy is knowledge of the future (from a divine source). To prophesy means to predict the future (with divine inspiration)."

I may change it, just to be safe.

Wolfhorde
January 16th 2013


13294 Comments


Sweet.

Good job, Jacob.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2013


3449 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Sweet review Jacob, have a pos

EaglesBecomeVultures
January 16th 2013


5236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

http://www.wordhippo.com/what-is/the-plural-of/prophecy.html

EaglesBecomeVultures
January 16th 2013


5236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Who friggin' negged this? Review rules.



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