Pygmy Lush
Bitter River


3.0
good

Review

by Tyler. USER (5 Reviews)
October 30th, 2013 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not necessarily the best of both worlds.

This is an interesting album, simply because of the duality of it. On one hand the band can't let go of their past screamo and punk influences. The other however is them trying to do something new, and explore other genres. Bitter River is definitely a transitional album, and it definitely shows. The duality of the album makes it interesting, but it also accounts for its biggest flaw, as the album feels disjointed and at times it seems like two different bands are on the album.

The opener is their standard screamo sound. While it is a good song on it's own it doesn't really serve a purpose. The reason being is that the band already traveled on this path. We've all heard these guys play this kind of music. The Folk songs are the most the focal point of this album. The ironic thing is that the slower and quieter songs are way more interesting than the loud ones. The song Headless is folk jam just over a minute long and is easily better than any of the punk songs the album presents. Songs like headless give across more emotion than any of the punk songs, they're for the most part pretty well written too, but at this point the band hadn't really gotten down the formula quite right, as they all seem to be lacking something.

The opener is a screamo song, then roughly every other song following is a folk song. Send Bombs is almost a noise rock song, and Foul Mouthed mother is almost a mix of Noise rock and punk. Malady Savvy is another Sceamo song and then the album goes right back to their Folk song. The problem here is obvious. The constant genre hoping makes this an odd listen. There is no consistency with this album. No song combines the two sides in a clever way, it's either on extreme or another. Even though the Folk songs are the best on here they aren't anywhere near the quality they will reach on their next two albums. So here we have half a punk album that comes nowhere near the greatness of Pg. 99 and a Folk album that doesn't have anything on their later material. Nice.


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Slut
October 29th 2013


4056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Criticism as always is welcome

wacknizzle
October 30th 2013


14412 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was always meant to fall apart....

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Slut
October 30th 2013


4056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What I know from this album is the different genres was for two different set lists so they could play as a punk or a folk band if they wanted.

ffs
October 30th 2013


5159 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah this album isnt great, its a bit too experimental. their later albums are really good though

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2013


4229 Comments


what happened to your old account?

Slut
October 30th 2013


4056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No clue I got banned again apparently lol

EyesWideShut
October 30th 2013


3977 Comments


yea this wasnt one of my fav Pygmy albums.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 30th 2013


14645 Comments


i rmemeber this group

wacknizzle
October 30th 2013


14412 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Send Bombs, Hurt Everything, and Red Room Blues kick ass.

Slut
January 25th 2014


4056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this band sounds exactly like johnny cash come on

North0House2
February 25th 2014


5942 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm thinking about getting this to finish off my Pygmy Lush discog, since they're my favorite group. It's like $.10 on Amazon, should I just go for it? I haven't heard much of it.

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Slut
February 25th 2014


4056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah definitely. I would

Artuma
June 15th 2015


24936 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thank god they got rid of those screamo parts after this. they just made this feel really disjointed

EyesWideShut
June 16th 2015


3977 Comments


need some new Pygmy already.. the hell man

Mort.
November 26th 2015


11221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is weird its like fucking make up your mind about what band you are

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Artuma
November 26th 2015


24936 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

and they did it on mount hope

Mort.
November 26th 2015


11221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what way did they go then?

Artuma
November 26th 2015


24936 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they chose the folk. it's an awesome album, dunno how much you dig folk but i definitely recommend it to you

EyesWideShut
November 26th 2015


3977 Comments


the definitely choose the right direction

Artuma
November 26th 2015


24936 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

idk the guys behind this are quite established as some of the most prominent musicians in screamo too so they prolly would've killed too if they had gone that direction



but as mount hope proved, choosing folk definitely wasn't a bad move



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