mewithoutYou
A to B: Life


5.0
classic

Review

by Alex Trinkner CONTRIBUTOR (73 Reviews)
April 2nd, 2013 | 47 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'm not the boy that I once was. But I'm not the man I'll be.

Looking back at what we once were, it is almost impossible to avoid a sense of embarrassment, as the people we once were are nothing close to what we have become, nor the people we strive to be . Aaron Weiss is a man who, through his well-documented peaks and valleys, understood this. Although the crux of this release was rooted in pain and frustration, the brilliance of Weiss was ever prominent. Twisting prose and bending sentences, Aaron Weiss spewed a constant stream of metaphorical and flat out jaw dropping poetry on mewithoutYou’s debut [A to B] Life. At a time when bands in the post-hardcore genre were aptly focusing on emotion and chaos, mewithoutYou channeled obvious influences and put forth one of the most passionate debuts in recent memory.

Heartbreak can entirely change a man, and nowhere can I find a more poignant example of this than the life of Aaron Weiss. Fueling the entirety of this Tooth and Nail debut, Weiss’s bitter break up was seemingly anything but amiable, lending to the fact that this album houses more perfectly sculpted ‘loss of love’ lyrics than you’ll know what to do with. While the lyrics themselves are astounding, the delivery is truly what sets this release apart from others in its genre. Passion drips from every frantic yell and anger permeates every aspect of the desperate screams. One can almost feel the pain and anger Aaron Weiss felt throughout his ordeal as he screams “You were a song I couldn’t sing. You were a story I couldn’t tell. I’ve only ever loved myself, but I’ve loved myself so well” in Nice and Blue or the desperate longing throughout the entirety of the penultimate track Silencer.

But to focus solely on the attributions of the lead singer is an unfair discredit to the band that surrounded him. [A to B] Life is truly mewithoutYou at their heaviest and most raw. Riffs that you would never imagine coming from the same minds that put forth It’s All Crazy are abundantly present. Arguably one of the most underrated drummers currently in music, Richard Mazzotta slyly changes tempos and rhythms more often than he maintains it, leading songs to unfamiliar territories. Guitarists Chris Kleinberg and Mike Weiss play gritty and schizophrenic lines, while bassist Daniel Pishock is perfectly in tune with Mazzotta, in turn creating an undeniably tight rhythm section. Instrumental tracks (A) and (B) perfectly set the mood and serve as perfect segues between tracks. Elsewhere the instrumentation is as sporadic as Weiss himself, as they start and stop, ebb and flow ceaselessly. The outro of We Know Who Our Enemies Are fades away gently before returning full force, for example. mewithoutYou seemed to have perfected the art of ‘outros’ as every songs ends perfectly, forming a coherent record far beyond the bands formative years.

The ability to speak to a vast secular audience all while having predominantly ‘Christian’ lyrics is widely desired throughout music. The fact that mewithoutYou was able to transcend this constriction on their first proper outing is truly a testament to the genius and talent of this band. A record that set the bar high for subsequent releases, [A to B] Life is without a doubt a classic record in every sense of the term.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well for my 50th review i decided it would be appropriate to complete my mewithoutYou discography. This probably has a few mistakes. So let me know if you catch anyway.

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2013


1671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First sentence needs a comma after that initial preposition. Just because you asked haha. Love mewithoutYou and this cd and I completely agree about the drummer being underrated. Truly one of the best in music right now.

sixdegrees
April 1st 2013


17149 Comments


The outro of We Know Who We Are fades away gently


you might want to fix that song title there

Digging: 10Minimal - Aluminum World

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2013


1671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The part when Aaron whispers "...and you'd better be alone" in Gentleman sends a chill down my spine every time.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm an idiot

Thanks

sixdegrees
April 1st 2013


17149 Comments


np, pos'd

Ecnalzen
April 1st 2013


6560 Comments


I find the vocal style of this band to be very strange.

Acrosstheshield13
April 1st 2013


791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best mewithoutyou album by far. "Gentlemen" is the best track.

Rev
April 1st 2013


9428 Comments


man i love this album


that guitar at the end of "Everything Was Beautiful..." gives me goosebumps every time

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2013


19788 Comments


Gratz on 50 nice review pos'd.

@ecnal, lol yeah they're kind of strange at first but they rule

Digging: Spectral Lore - III

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2013


1671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

band needs more love and attention

MMX
April 1st 2013


4818 Comments


band rules

Ecnalzen
April 1st 2013


6560 Comments


Wasn't a fan, Atari. Maybe I will try again some day.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks atari. and everyone else who pos'd

These guys are the best band making music right now. That's pretty much a fact

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2013


19788 Comments


lol that's prolly a stretch but they're great. the best song i've ever heard by these guys is 'in a sweater poorly knit'

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2013


1671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also, I think it's I'm NOT the boy I once was. That would give it parallelism and Aaron Weiss does like using his literary devices

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ha I'm such a fanboy for these guys. They could release an album full of drone tracks and i'd defend it to my grave.

My top three tracks are probably O' Porcupine, Paper Hanger and Fox's Dream of the Log Flume

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol i just edited it. I thought i'd get it in before anyone noticed it. Damn

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2013


1671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My favorite tracks, picking one from each album, would be Bullet to Binary, The Soviet, Messes of Men, King Beetle..., and Nine Stories I think

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love every mewithoutYou song. Except Fig With a Bellyache.. I always skip that



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