The Glitch Mob
Drink the Sea


3.5
great

Review

by Will Robinson STAFF
December 27th, 2013 | 24 replies | 3,117 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The shortest distance between two points.

Drink the Sea suffers from overambition: it tries too hard to be epic. By nature, an album like The Glitch Mob’s debut cannot be massive and memorable unless it gets really lucky. It’s much the same logic as the fact that a song designed to be an arena-filler cannot actually succeed: in order to be as grand as the electronic supergroup wanted it to be, there has to be some degree of organic creativity driven by the desire to make music in which the priority is making it good, not epic. And, therefore, Drink the Sea doesn’t completely succeed. The thumping Hollywood drums create a stark lack of variety, to the point that much of the album sounds strikingly similar. Sure, you’ve got surface differentiators - the rock organ on “A Dream Within a Dream,” the uplifting whoa-ohs of “Bad Wings” - but by and large the resonating snares and distorted, lethargic basslines tend to blend together eventually.

That’s not to say Drink the Sea doesn’t succeed at all, though. On the contrary: The Glitch Mob, despite the cynical and jaded attitudes they tend to prompt, has created a surprisingly strong debut full-length. Sure, the cheese factor is rather high, but if the listener goes into the album expecting just that, he or she should find something to like. After all, there’s something alluring about movie-soundtrack-esque tunes: it’s easy to picture some mysterious swordsman kicking ass on the battlefield while the big-beat-influenced “How to Be Eaten by a Woman” pulses in the background, cymbals crashing and tribal-sounding toms thudding along to every deadly slice.

And really, an album is good if it presents an enjoyable experience for the listener. That’s exactly what Drink the Sea does, and what more can you really ask of a group whose intentions were exactly that? Despite all its blustering and pomposity, the album creates a sensation of music that’s grand at the end of it all, cheesiness be damned. So what if it lacks any pretense of subtlety or grand discovery? As guest vocalist Swan points out in album standout “Between Two Points,” “the shortest distance between two points is a line.” Drink the Sea is that very line, connecting soundwaves with sensations of grandeur and magnificence- despite the album’s logical fallacy in existing solely to be epic, its resilient pursuit and achievement of success is nothing if not admirable.



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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2013



3008 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok_

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 27th 2013



18609 Comments


ok_?

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 27th 2013



18609 Comments


good review

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2013



5611 Comments


Good review.



One suggestion:

Drink the Sea suffers from a disease of ambition:

Drink the Sea is overambitious:

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 27th 2013



18609 Comments


ya being ambitious isn't a disease hehe

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2013



3008 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks, will mess around with the phrasing

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 27th 2013



18609 Comments


just thought of this if you wanna use it...

Drink the Sea suffers from the double-edged sword that is ambition.

Azn.
December 27th 2013



5316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Drink the Sea suffers from an age-long ailment, with plenty of near-legendary examples in history throughout multiple mediums of art dubbed "overambitious".

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Azn.
December 27th 2013



5316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review review btw

these guys can be pretty inconsistent but they have good stuff here and there

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2013



9469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

one of the best reviews ive seen from you, man. very nice work. may have to check this out too.

only suggestion is:

hat’s not to say Drink the Sea doesn’t succeed at all, though. On the contrary: The Glitch Mob, despite the cynical and jaded attitudes they tend to prompt, has created a surprisingly strong debut full-length.

could probs be shortened to

That's not to say Drink the Sea is a failure of an album. The Glitch Mob, despite the cynical and jaded attitudes they tend to prompt, has created a surprisingly strong debut full-length.

Also, what jaded attitudes do they tend to prompt?

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2013



3008 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks! And ask Dev about their commercialization/stagnation and commandeering of the term "glitch" and you'll see what I mean

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2013



9469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ah, I can imagine

We Swarm is a lotta fun.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2013



3008 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

We Swarm, Woman, and Animus Vox kick ass

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2013



9469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

some of these tunes are really cool. but as you said, a lot of it comes across as being overblown. some of this shit sounds like Imagine Dragons, and I can't get down to Imagine Dragons.

Azn.
December 27th 2013



5316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I shudder at the thought of Imagine Dragons...but I don't quite get the comparison

While Imagine Dragons do their most to make their sound as overblown as possible these guys tend to take the lower ground; they don't abuse the higher register

theacademy
December 28th 2013



27670 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

wow fucking don't listen to atari or voivod's bad suggestions

i like those guys but...

i think Omaha's suggestion was fine tho

not crazy about this album or this review but i'd pos it

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2013



9469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

aw well thanks dawg

Zettel
December 28th 2013



581 Comments


I disagree with some people here. This is a very weak review, in fact it does not even seem like a review. The writing tries too hard to be smart, but it does not have substance. Was it so hard to just say you enjoyed this album and therefore you think it is great? All this talk about grandeur, epicness, pomposity, geometric axioms, fallacies...

theacademy
December 28th 2013



27670 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^altho id phrase it differently, i prob agree with some of what this guys saying. people taking shot at your flowery language when everything that rubs me the wrong way is your broader ideas about the band's attitude and the listener' attitudes towards the band (both of which are completely fucking worthless in a review).

theacademy
December 28th 2013



27670 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

(well, most of the time)



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