Invalids
Eunoia


2.5
average

Review

by Schizophrenik USER (7 Reviews)
January 17th, 2013 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: tapping doesn't make it any less average

Invalids is a Postal Service-style collaboration between guitarist/vocalist Pete Davis and bassist Nick Shaw. The two began working together back in 2009 via an internet forum for musicians. They have never met in real life.

The band’s sound is highly influenced by Maps and Atlases. Like other “math rock” bands, they make use of complex riffs and unconventional time signatures. This aspect of their style dominates the album, which ends up being really more of a showcase for Davis’ guitar tapping than anything else. Unfortunately, this technique can result in a jumbled mess of sound when it is not kept under control, and it is relied on far too heavily, taking away from the already unfocused and uninspired songwriting. The nearly constant stream of up-tempo, major key riffs is broken up with only a few slower, rhythmically and melodically coherent interludes that are highlights of the album.

What Eunoia suffers from most is a lack of differentiation in vocal melodies and cadence. Throughout most of the album, the vocals (which could easily be replaced with those of any pop punk band without notice) serve as more of a backing to the at times grating bombardment of erratic tapping. This may stem from the lack of a proper drummer in the band -- although the programmed drums sound fine, having a guitarist (especially one enamored with his own riffs) control the tempo was probably not the best thing that could have happened to the songwriting.

There is nothing particularly offensive or un-listenable about Eunoia (the decidedly bad yells thankfully appear only infrequently.) The nearly hour long run-time is a bit trying given the lack of variation between songs, but overall this is a solid, if unmemorable record held back by mediocre songwriting and plagued by a lack of focus.



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Schizophrenik
January 17th 2013


842 Comments


Review for WeepingBanana's review a random album game

I've never reviewed something I didn't like before. I don't like being mean : (

Asdfp277
January 18th 2013


1093 Comments


"What Eunoia suffers from most is a lack differentiation in vocal melodies and cadence."


-"...lack *of* differentiation"?

"The nearly hour long run-time is unnecessarily trying"


-That "unnecessarily trying" sounds awkward.

Good review. It's cool that people are taking part of this initiative. :D

Schizophrenik
January 18th 2013


842 Comments


fixed. thanks for the feedback

XingKing
September 26th 2013


10573 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I really want to write a review for this that addresses similar problems with this record. This is just obscene Maps & Atlases and Tera Melos worship to the point that he has blatantly stolen melodies and riffs from both bands and copies M&A vocal style to an unflattering degree. This is a very technically impressive record but there is so much wrong with it

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 9th 2013


13135 Comments


jammin

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zarling53
January 10th 2014


23 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I pretty much agree with everything you said. I have the same problem with the guitarist as I do with Zach Hill. Doesn't know when less is more. The technicality and charm ruined by relentless wankery.

ervoca
February 18th 2014


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Unlike some of you guys I felt like the songwriting was one of the best aspects of this record, I feel like he did his technical playing interesting while remaining organic and sounding in place and still managing to add vocal melodies which make sense and drive the songs forward. I miss some more variety to the tracks and production though, but all in all this was very enjoyable.

Azn.
March 20th 2014


5609 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is good



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