Letlive.
Speak Like You Talk


3.0
good

Review

by Flomazoid USER (3 Reviews)
March 6th, 2013 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A good start for a superb band.

If you start listening to this album after hearing Fake History, you will be rather surprised by what you find. This is a very different Letlive. Throw any expectations you may have for this album away, and you may find something to like here. Letlive didn't always create masterpieces such as "Muther" or "Renegade '86". No, they had humbler beginnings. Speak Like You Talk, the band's first, mostly overlooked full-length album, shows a slightly more raw side of the band. Though overshadowed in every way by Fake History, this album is a great example of a band that was already good, but took that and refined it into something amazing.

The first thing I noticed when I started listening to this was the vocals. The cleans sound like Vic Fuentes sucked up a little helium (for the misinformed, that is not a good thing). That's not to say they're unbearable, because they aren't. If I hadn't heard Fake History before this, the vocals most likely would not be an issue for me. But my brain and ears can't help but expect the cleans from Fake History. However, when the cleans deteriorate into screams, the vocals move closer to the sound found on Fake History, and are just as enjoyable here as they are there.

The instrumentation is mostly great. There is some cool guitar work on the album opener, "City of Champions," and "Stigmother." The drums blend well with the guitar, and make for a pleasurable listening experience, as long as Butler isn't singing. There isn't really anything wrong with the instruments at all. Even the bass, when you can hear it, is pretty good, and fits the song.

It's obvious that this will be compared to their newer release. But the thing is, the only thing they have in common (besides the genre) is Jason Butler on vocals. The band at this point in time was completely different. The lyrics are just as good as on Fake History, and the instrumentation is solid as well. If you're a fan of Letlive, you owe it to yourself to give this a listen. It's a worthy start for the band and shows what they are capable of doing, even if they didn't quite pull it off on this album.

Recommended Tracks:
City of Champions
Stigmother
Punk's Not Dead, Jesus Is


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altforazninva5in
March 5th 2013


263 Comments


Good review, I'm satisfied
Pos'd

lol @ the vocals
thank god I was used to Jason's crazy vocals beforehand

Spec
March 5th 2013


27188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty good. Doesn't touch Fake History though.

silentstar
March 5th 2013


2273 Comments


does the band ever play any of these songs live?

Flomazoid
March 5th 2013


26 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've seen em' live once, they only played songs from Fake History. I think it's because every member except for Butler is different now.

altforazninva5in
March 5th 2013


263 Comments


It's be pretty cool to hear Stigmother or City of Champions live from the current incarnation of the band

Spec
March 5th 2013


27188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They play Stigmother sometimes. That's it.

altforazninva5in
March 5th 2013


263 Comments


they DO? I feel obligated to hear this

anything on youtube??

Flomazoid
March 5th 2013


26 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'd agree with you on that. It would be interesting to see what kinda spins they'd put on their old
sound. And stigmother's been played live? I need to see/hear this.

Funeralopolis
March 5th 2013


11564 Comments


best band ever agreed, but this album isn't very good

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Funeralopolis
March 5th 2013


11564 Comments


when I saw them live a few weeks ago they played nothing off this

ConcubinaryCode
March 6th 2013


2137 Comments


Surprised this just got a review.

TacoMan4Life
March 6th 2013


7 Comments


Pretty good review I guess. Haven't listened to the album. merp

saltysputoon
March 6th 2013


1 Comments


good review bruh, but the album is meh.

ILJ
March 6th 2013


6709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Stigmother is the only good song on this.

Owantjaaaa
March 8th 2013


3333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Stigmother is the tits

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Gavininseawater13
June 9th 2013


132 Comments


It read well, pos. The new single is sick, so excited for the new album.

TooManyFriends
June 22nd 2013


716 Comments


Punk's Not Dead, Yeezus Is



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