Tiny Moving Parts
This Couch Is Long & Full of Friendship


4.5
superb

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (96 Reviews)
February 28th, 2013 | 87 replies


Release Date: 01/13/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album is short & full of awesome

It seems like in a lot of my reviews I'm constantly writing about the importance of album length. An excellent album can easily be just a good album if it has too much filler or overstays its welcome. On the other hand, an album that's too short can leave the listener with a bitter taste of unresolved emotions and expectations. Album length is especially important in the emo genre, which to be frank is fairly one-note on the emotional spectrum. An emo album usually relies on baseline feelings and doesn't have a lot of variety, but this is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as the album gets in and out without lingering and ruining its mood. This Couch is Long and Full of Friendship is a 26 minute long blast of tear soaked lyric sheets and twinkly arpeggios that sinks in perfectly and ends just on the right note.

Musically Tiny Moving Parts are somewhere between the math rock inspired emo, and the more conservative crowd. Sure they have the occasional mathy twinkle arpeggio, but they only pop up when needed, and most of the guitar ranges from chords and subtle riffs that serve mostly to establish mood and back up the vocalists. This Couch Is Long & Full of Friendship is definitely a more vocal centered record, but that's not to say the instrumentation is lacking. The guitar, drum, and bass are all fantastic, but simply in a more subdued and far from flashy manner.

Tiny Moving Parts have a complete disregard for verse/chorus/verse structure, as parts are rarely repeated and sometimes it's a shame. like the killer riff towards the beginning of "Clouds Above My Head" that begs to be repeated, but alas is not. The chaotic nature of the band's song structure could easily be a detriment, but the very tight and focused songwriting keep things from getting out of control.

The vocal delivery of Tiny Moving Parts could easily be described as awkward, as the main vocalist half screams his lines and constantly sounds like he's about to either throw up or burst into tears. The backup vocalist has a more traditional scream, which helps offset the yelp of the main singer and keep things from getting monotonous. The lyrics on This Couch is Long & Full of Friendship are equally as awkward as the vocal delivery, with some lines just coming off as weird, like this line from "Vacation Bible School:"

"Vibrations, tongue and cheek/ what words are worth to even speak anymore?/ In bed by eleven again I hope to disappear in the mattress/ I hope when I fall asleep the pillow eats my teeth."

The unsettling nature of the lyrics manage to create an uncomfortable mood which surprisingly charms instead of coming off as annoying.

Other lines play out perfectly, coming off as somber and sincere, like the last stanza of "Clouds Above My Head:"

"Signs for good luck are never good signs/ They higher your hopes up just to see you die inside/ Please lie to me and tell me that I am okay/ because it's getting worse/ I guess when you're a kid stuck inside a candy store/ you're bound to get sick of everything/ I have learned that signs for good luck are never good signs/ They higher your hopes up just to see you die inside."

The mix of strange, and confound lyrics matched with the clumsy vocal delivery do a fantastic job of complimenting the all over the place song structure and musicianship.

This Couch is Long & Full of Friendship is a mess of an album that against all odds comes together perfectly. Most of the songs on the record have build-up centered song structures, and the entire album continuously builds upon itself, with each track raising the stakes all the way up to the final track "John P." which gathers every heart torn and bitter feeling comprising the record and smashes them all together exploding with emotion and catharsis. It's hard to say if this album would suffer from a longer running time, but I can say with full confidence that in 26 minutes Tiny Moving Parts accomplished everything a great emo album should seek to accomplish.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whoops

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


50959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This has never happened to me before, fuck

Digging: Friendzone - Collection 1

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol is this your first review since the promotion? that kind of sucks

Ovrot
February 27th 2013


10554 Comments


don't worry baby
let me get you started

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


7127 Comments


Be some mystery album art? Good start to your new tag Treb : ] I like the use of lyric to help push your opinions through.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


50959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I rarely rarely talk about lyrics in reviews so I probably didn't do a very good job

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


24098 Comments


there it is!

would I like this or would I resent it because you said mean things about La Dispute?

Digging: Mitski - bury me at makeout creek

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


50959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol sorry about the la dispute thing, I couldn't resist
Yeah you'll probably dig it, it took me a few listens, but it's worth it

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


24098 Comments


that first sentence is kinda wut

Ovrot
February 27th 2013


10554 Comments


"the important of album length"

shouldn't that be importance or am I some kind of dumb retard

Eclecticist
February 27th 2013


3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol rob you need to seriously proofread man

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


50959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I do, I just suck at it

Kris.
February 28th 2013


12511 Comments


dude does sound a lot like jordan but this kinda rules

fromtheinside
February 28th 2013


19149 Comments


you guys are welcome

Digging: Bolt Thrower - ...For Victory

fromtheinside
February 28th 2013


19149 Comments


you tell me this sounds nothing like LD but then you use them in your summary? psshhh

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2013


50959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You caught me


XingKing
February 28th 2013


11076 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet album. Review definitely does not read like a 4.5 though. It actually sounds kind of negative

fromtheinside
February 28th 2013


19149 Comments


cuz my review said all the positive

wabbit
February 28th 2013


7035 Comments


would I like this or is it still too gay?

ohfoxxxycole
February 28th 2013


4353 Comments


awesome summary



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