Counterparts
The Difference Between Hell and Home


3.0
good

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (90 Reviews)
August 8th, 2013 | 57 replies


Release Date: 07/23/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I've never seen myself as optimistic, so this should come as no surprise/ No one feels good forever

The difference between a good record and a great record is not always apparent. Trying to separate anticipation, and comparisons with previous works is also difficult to grasp. These two things combined make The Difference Between Hell and Home a very puzzling listen for me. Counterparts are able to seamlessly blend the styles of their unpolished, but charming debut album Prophets, with its more focused and emotional follow up The Current Will Carry Us, but for some reason it just doesn't do it for me. Maybe it's because none of the tracks stand out to me, or because my exceptions and attachment to Counterparts' previous record were too high. Whatever the case may be, The Difference Between Hell and Home is stricken with the ever so boring distinction of being simply good, and nothing more.

The song structures are always shifting yet remain tight and focused, the breakdowns are sparse and only rear their ugly head when needed, and the interpersonal lyrics perfectly match the tone of the music and always seem to follow the constant changes in the songs. All these factors are fine and dandy, but everything is so neat and nice without actually standing out or saying anything at all, and worst of all, I've heard it all before but done better in the band's previous albums, and other albums in the genre. Unfortunately The Difference Between Hell and Home is not greater than the sum of its parts, nor is it a worthy measure to its counterparts. Prophets had "Goodbye, Megaton" and the title track, The Currents Will Carry Us had "The Constant" and "Reflection," The Difference Between Hell and Home has eleven songs that all have one word song titles and can all be described with one tragic word: acceptable.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2013


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm kind of late on this, and everything has already been said about it, so I just did a little personal write up

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Nocturnal
August 8th 2013


1329 Comments


This is so boring.

Spec
August 8th 2013


27170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I disagree.

Ire
August 8th 2013


41780 Comments


my counterpart my foolish heart

ZippaThaRippa
August 8th 2013


2418 Comments


Everything this band has ever done is boring

KILL
August 8th 2013


71795 Comments


love u ire

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Cygnatti
August 8th 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

last album was enjoyable.

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NastyCrab
August 8th 2013


328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Goodbye Megatron" come on treb

TheSupernatural
August 8th 2013


1181 Comments


I just found this band through Audiotree, consider me impressed. Not sure how good the record is, but they sounded incredible with the live performance.

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spartanawasp
August 8th 2013


303 Comments


Great review but for me this is a 4.

kingjulian
August 8th 2013


1297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

FINALLY.

ILJ
August 8th 2013


6670 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Unfortunately The Difference Between Hell and Home is not greater than the sum of its parts, nor is it a worthy measure to its counterparts"

i c wat u did

short review but you drove your points home well. good job, not many people on this site can execute the short review.

Hawks
August 8th 2013


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Agree completely with this.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2013


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've been writing so many short reviews lately, I want an album to come along and blow me away that I can fap to for like 7 paragraphs

EaglesBecomeVultures
August 8th 2013


5241 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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kingjulian
August 8th 2013


1297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad to know it's "Goodbye Megaton." Fallout reference, cool. Transformers reference, not so much.

silentstar
August 8th 2013


2253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review.

it just boggles me a bit that someone who liked their second album doesn't like this one as much. I see it as a perfect successor

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2013


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wait it's Megaton? How the fuck did I never notice this, that is cooler

Ponton
Emeritus
August 8th 2013


5793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I HATE YOU MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2013


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yo you never reviewed Current Will Carry Us



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