Gwen Stacy
A Dialogue


3.5
great

Review

by CaptainHadouken USER (22 Reviews)
February 27th, 2013 | 16 replies | 1,782 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Who is Gwen Stacy?" Well this answers the question.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Who is Gwen Stacy again? Hearing that name before was interesting, since it was several years ago. I was asking for albums to review, and this one was requested by someone on this site. Sure, Why not right? To be honest I had to do some research and give this album a good listen over before writing this review. A list was made of things I enjoyed, and things i found not so enjoyable. Still, that first question still lit in my mind. Who is Gwen Stacy?

They were active between 2004-2010, and for any comic book fans like me, their band name derives from the Spider-man comics. This about The band though, not Peter Parker's dead girlfriend. They released The Life I Know about a year prior to this one. I did not listen to that album only to go into this one with no expectations or comparisons. This was preferred to give me a un-objected opinion on the album. To be honest, going into the first few tracks, I had the "Same ole' generic pop-hardcore" feeling start to sink in. However, as the album pressed on, It seemed to slightly break out. This was a factor on giving this a 3.0 or a 3.5.

Time to get in detail with what my opinions are for this. With eleven tracks to offer, this album is a good 39 minute in length, and most of the songs on here do not feel like they run on. The starting tracks The first words, Profit motive, and The dialogue All had a bit of a generic feel to it. The breakdowns were well-placed, and overall they caught some of my attention, mainly Profit motive, but not all of it. Creation and how i see it is were i started to take notice. It is just a straight-foward difference maker in changing the tone of this album, even if it was only slightly, it was enough.

Words of a new prophet continues on this trend. It is a very catchy song instrumentally speaking, but some of the lyrics just didn't work for me, such as You'll eat your words, I swear you'll eat your words. Later on Braveheart will also kinda clump into that category of "meh" Lyrics. All is not lost though. The sixth track, Devil Devil, while it is kinda average, lyrically it is better and it still manages to hold up as a decent track. If there is one track that lyrically stuck out in this album, it would be Addictionary. This as one could guess, deals with drug addiction, and the lyrics express that fully. Braveheart, as i mentioned earlier, has some sub-par lyrics, and is kinda average compared to the other tracks. The last three songs to me are the centerpiece of this album. The middle ground is just powerful in terms as it is well balanced song, both with its heavy and steady moments. The making of has the an extremely catchy chorus, and the song placement after the previous track works so well. Finally, the last track, The sound of letting go Starts in very soft with a minute of singing before in transitions into a loud clash. I mean loud clash in a good way. Though it did seem slightly like an Underoath cover, it still worked and overall made me rethink in my rating of this album.

Now that the songs have been reviewed, time to give some criticisms outside the ones already made. While the latter tracks did help change my view on this album, it still sounded somewhat generic on a good number of tracks. the clean vocals themselves are well done a lot of times, but some songs they can be slightly whiney, which is , slightly annoying.The last thing would be some of the lyrics, which has already been said.

With all this in mind, I still consider this album a good listen. the moments where it felt a little less generic were there. Now a days, that isn't as easy to find compared to the thousands of generics out there. If anyone ever asked who Gwen Stacy is, or was, This album would be a good answer.

Recommended tracks
-Profit Motive
-Addictionary
-The Making of
-The Middle Ground



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CaptainHadouken
February 27th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, lets see how this works out.

demigod!
February 27th 2013



43888 Comments


Gwen Stacy was Spiderman's girlfriend.

nice review man, the name interested me lol

Digging: Black Flag - My War

CaptainHadouken
February 27th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol, I heard the name, never heard the music. Only a few tracks on here kept my Meh rating at bay. Appreciate it, and yes
she was spidermans gf... peter parkers's gf... meh same dude i guess

DotEight
February 27th 2013



5476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I'm so happy you reviewed this.

CaptainHadouken
February 27th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha no prob dot. Took me a while to find all the tracks thoughs.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013



19453 Comments


i'll check out the album later and give you more feedback if you want ;)

Digging: The Who - Tommy

CaptainHadouken
February 27th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds good man. I just did Blood has been shed as well. lol that was a random one to stumble upon.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013



49791 Comments


I used to like that one song

Digging: Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) - You Will Eventually Be Forgotten

CaptainHadouken
February 27th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol which one

DotEight
February 27th 2013



5476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

If this had no cleans it'd be a 4 or 4.5 for me. The cleans really take away from this, but they still have killer song structure and writing.

EyeForAnEye
February 28th 2013



1691 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Heard about them a lot when I knew someone who worked for Ferret Records. Is that label still around? The band was alright. I really loved The Fear In Your Eyes when it came out.

CaptainHadouken
February 28th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not sure if ferret is still around. Honestly this was the first full album of theirs i listened to.

DotEight
February 28th 2013



5476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Ferret fell apart I'm pretty sure. Haven't heard much about them.

CaptainHadouken
February 28th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, i think they are no longer active. Used to be kinda decent label a while back

EyeForAnEye
February 28th 2013



1691 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album was put out on Solid State from my knowledge. I think Nuclear Blast bought most of the rights to Ferret.

CaptainHadouken
February 28th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dunno, the one thing i didnt look up was what label it released on. Nuclear blast has some good stuff on it. Well if they are still around. Pretty sure NB still exists though



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