Pygmy Lush
Bitter River


3.0
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Review

by Chesse13 USER (2 Reviews)
October 30th, 2013 | 14 replies | 927 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not necessarily the best of both worlds.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

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



1697 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Criticism as always is welcome

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wacknizzle
October 30th 2013



12564 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was always meant to fall apart....

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Slut
October 30th 2013



1697 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



4807 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



3330 Comments


what happened to your old account?

Slut
October 30th 2013



1697 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No clue I got banned again apparently lol

EyesWideShut
October 30th 2013



3093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yea this wasnt one of my fav Pygmy albums.

Hep Kat
October 30th 2013



14984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yall iz tr!ppn

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 30th 2013



11586 Comments


i rmemeber this group

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wacknizzle
October 30th 2013



12564 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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

FourthReich
October 31st 2013



17071 Comments


johnny cash in the recommendations section, discuss

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Slut
January 25th 2014



1697 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this band sounds exactly like johnny cash come on

North0House2
February 25th 2014



5800 Comments


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



1697 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah definitely. I would



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