RVIVR
The Beauty Between


4.5
superb

Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (63 Reviews)
April 5th, 2013 | 40 replies | 4,608 views


Release Date: 02/25/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Magic's not gone from the world it's just harder to find"

Latterman was a band that, despite the quality of their output, probably needed to break up. When Latterman dispersed, the members went on to create fantastic music in a bunch of different bands, such as Iron Chic, Laura Stevenson and The Cans, and, of course, RVIVR. RVIVR was formed not long after the aforementioned disbandment by Matt Canino, who was the bassist and one of the vocalists for Latterman, taking his DIY ethics and ear for writing top notch melodies with him. Entering 2013, RVIVR had released a self-titled LP, and EP, and a few 7”, all of which hinted at greatness without fully realizing it. Fortunately, RVIVR tightened the screws in preparation for The Beauty Between, creating a punk album that is simultaneously heartbreaking, beautiful, and a blast to listen to.

The real strength of RVIVR comes in the vocal interplay between guitarists/vocalists Canino and Erica Freas. Both vocalists can hold their own, but together they create an interesting dynamic to each of The Beauty Between’s fourteen tracks. Freas is a much more varied and interesting vocalist than Canino, who is at home with his trademark yell, and a bit less so when he tries a more melodic approach. Lyrically, RVIVR is very much about messages, writing about feminism, politics, homophobia and anything that disgusts them, but they write in a way that is less about crushing you under the weight of their message and more about getting people to connect with the lyrics and mining a deeper message out of those lyrics, for the most part.

Helping get their message across is some of the catchiest songwriting in punk, with melodies that stick to the listener like gorilla glue. The consistency in the songwriting helps take The Beauty Between to another level, with the album never dipping or becoming monotonous with repeated listens. The energy displayed tricks the mind into thinking that The Beauty Between is a debut, but the musical and lyrical confidence contained in each track makes it evident that the members are veterans of the punk scene. “The Hunger Suites”, broken into three tracks at the tail end of the album, is the obvious highlight, with a haunting vibe, and vocals awash in pain and frustration. The best of the bouncier tracks is “Spider Song”, originally written by Erica Freas and released on her solo album, with a strong bassline and “whoas” that Brian Fallon could only dream about.

RVIVR has taken their songwriting to another level and released the first definitive punk album of 2013. With a clear voice and unrelenting convictions, the band is clearly no longer worried about living under the shadow of Latterman, nor should they be. The Beauty Between shows that RVIVR is at the level that Latterman once were, and with the possibility of leaving a greater legacy within the next couple years. RVIVR is not a band that should be overlooked by any fan of punk and pop-punk, as The Beauty Between is an album whose quality is rarely matched.



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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2013



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I started writing this over a month ago, and hit the most brutal writer's block. I hope this doesn't
suck.

This album is free to download:
http://www.rumbletowne.com/rtr/rtr-releases/RTR017

EDIT: This was originally for the Review A Random Album challenge but I took so fucking long

WeepingBanana
April 4th 2013



10045 Comments


i loved their s/t i gotta check this

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2013



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a lot better than their S/T, which I also quite enjoy

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2013



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

need to check

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 5th 2013



23798 Comments


so much stupid that you didn't get promoted

that sentence makes sense im pretty sure

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2013



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

album rules hard

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
April 5th 2013



3762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally. Such a kickass record. Listened to LMD over and over and over again when this came out.

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EaglesBecomeVultures
April 5th 2013



5192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

always enjoy reading your reviews bruv

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TheSpirit
April 5th 2013



17169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

about time this got reviewed. one of the best records of 2013 easy

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Kris.
April 5th 2013



12152 Comments


how are you not a fucking contrib ??????

EaglesBecomeVultures
April 5th 2013



5192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that's what i'm sayin

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
April 5th 2013



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha thanks for the kind words guys

taxidermist
April 5th 2013



7195 Comments


Getting my review game up so Josh and I can both climb our way up to contribs one day :3

taxidermist
April 5th 2013



7195 Comments


Also, pos.

zaruyache
April 14th 2013



5875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I just keep playing LMD over and over...

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TheSpirit
May 6th 2013



17169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this may be aoty for me

MuhNamesTyler
May 6th 2013



3697 Comments


This is cool

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 6th 2013



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

aight

Cygnatti
May 22nd 2013



21349 Comments


dunno about this...

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tom79
June 1st 2013



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album fucking rules, been listening it to nonstop the last couple weeks

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