Portugal. The Man
The Satanic Satanist


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex J. Carter USER (5 Reviews)
April 30th, 2013 | 13 replies | 777 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Portugal. The Man is a very solid band, but was this album a bad first impression?

0 of 1 thought this review was well written

I remember how I found out about Portugal. The Man. Last year, in spring, me and my dad were driving around in his Jeep. When suddenly I heard what I would come to know as "People Say". I asked who it was, and my dad told me that it was a band called Portugal. The Man, a band that he had seen at the Norman music festival. From there on out, I had made up my mind to check out the band.

What I found was not disappointing to the least. In fact, I loved what I found. But, I will say, I DO prefer the older Portugal. The Man than the newer Portugal. The Man. I can hear the pitchforks from a mile away......
But the question is: Is The Satanic Satanist defined BY MY STANDARDS as newer Portugal. The Man?

Yeah. This album definitely is.

That being said, this album is still a good one. In fact, it's probably my second favorite PTM album (behind Waiter: You Voulters!).

Probably the best thing about The Satanic Satinist is the track listing. There actually isn't a bad song on the album to me. As I said before, "People Say" was the whole reason why I checked out PTM in the first place. I really like how the whole album never really seems to stop and it sounds like the album flows into one continuous song. The album does definitely flows very nicely.

Another thing I enjoyed about the album is how catchy it is. Some of the melodies in the album are really memorable, and will leave you whistling them without even noticing it. The guitars are especially nice. The drums are at first not very noticeable, but the fills are very creative.

Then, to add to the album, you've got some really nice diversity. The album can go from a soft and mellow "The Sun" to the pounding chorus of "Do You". The band obviously has a lot of different influences.

The only and I mean the ONLY bad side to this album is that it includes an interlude called "Let You Down". This might be nitpicking, but I don't really like interludes in albums. To me, they just slow down the overall flow of an album, and this is a album that flows nicely anyways.

Overall:

-Pros
- Catchy melodies.
- Some very good diversity.
- Flows Nicely

-Cons
- Features a "song" that's an interlude, but that's nitpicking.

This definitely isn't a bad album. In fact, it's really good. So, if you're looking for something that is easy to listen to, is very catchy, and is very solid overall, than pick this album up. You won't be disappointed.

As always, I do a recommendation at the end of the review, stating if you should check out any of the bands other stuff. The answer is yes. The band has some stuff that is very similar, so be sure and check the recommendations for that.

-Alex


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Channing Freeman STAFF (4)
Portugal. The Man have made their best album since their debut....

Alex C. Soothsayer (4)
The band crafts their best work yet, jam packed with catchy hooks and soulful tunes....


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Calc
April 30th 2013



12140 Comments


Not gonna lie this is a very annoying review. In a bad way.

I don't like that everybody's reviews are pretty much the same but I recommend you read other people's reviews and try to see what makes them "successful" and never write something like this again.

Digging: Jizue - Shiori

ajc1956
April 30th 2013



10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry, man. I'm only 13, I'm just trying to get a start as a reviewer and a critic. I'll read some other stuff.

MeatSalad
May 1st 2013



14451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"older" portugal. the man only had one good album tho

Digging: Mr. Bungle - California

tommygun
May 1st 2013



24553 Comments


gd record

Digging: Broods - Evergreen

MichaelSnoxall
May 1st 2013



12163 Comments


"Waiter: You Voulters!"

I think you mean Waiter: "You Vultures!"

MeatSalad
May 1st 2013



14451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

let you down isn't an "interlude" either, just because it doesn't have percussion doesn't mean it isn't a song or some kind of filler

tommygun
May 1st 2013



24553 Comments


let you down is cool anyway the only turd on this is everyone is golden

MeatSalad
May 1st 2013



14451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes agreed hard. Mornings is de best

tommygun
May 1st 2013



24553 Comments


yeah some good jams on this never bothered to check their other shit though hmm

MeatSalad
May 1st 2013



14451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

in the mountain in the cloud is pretty similar to this, stylistically and quality-wise. their first album is easily their best though

tommygun
May 1st 2013



24553 Comments


gotta check

YetAnotherBrick
May 1st 2013



4409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album's off the chain. the melodies are so infectious and it's got such a chill, psychedelic vibe without being too overt

johnnyblaze
May 1st 2013



2602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

old portugal >>>> this

still think this and American Ghetto are easily their worst records. the melodies here dont do much for me at all and it all just feels too polished and over-produced.



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