People In Planes
As Far As the Eye Can See


3.0
good

Review

by Old Uncle Al USER (86 Reviews)
April 6th, 2006 | 18 replies | 3,987 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

It's a basic premise - Four or five pretty decent looking guys form a indie rock band, sign to an indie label and put out a fairly successful single. And after listening to the first single, If You Talk Too Much (My Head Will Explode), I had the desire to go out and spen $10 on an excellent album. Searching around the internet for reviews, though, I was fairly dissapointed from several negative reviews. I noticed that pretty much all they did was compare this band to Nirvana and other nineties grunge/alternative acts. They didn't actually review the album. So, in dedication to a severely under-rated album, here goes my review of As Far As the Eye Can See.

People In Planes - As Far As the Eye Can See (2006)
The Players:

Gareth Jones: Vocals
Peter Roberts: Guitars
Kris Blight: Bass
John Maloney: Drums
Ian Russel: Keys

I've said it before, and I'd be happy to say it again. This album is grossly under-rated. Whether using lame comparisons to try and review an album or just pointing out the not-so-great, the other reviews have not done this album full justice. Sure, there are a few iffy tracks, but they are completely over-shadowed by the album's gems. So, without further ado, here's the album.

The best songs are not hard to identify. The band seems to bounce over a whole bunch of genres, but the most memorable would the be the indie-friendly songs that can be sure to have you toes tapping and, to a certain extent, shaking your head along with the song. I feel the highlight of this cd, though, is a slower, almost progressive song that boasts great instrumental performances and an occasional mini-jam session. The highlight Token Trapped Woman is the most intellegent song on the album, with it's bright guitar riffs, both showing the ability to rock and to thought-provoke, as well as a very skilled rhythm section chugging along with the dark melody. A very atmospheric song that really represent the album with a positive spin; a few guys with little more desire than to bring the rock. The follow-up Falling by the Wayside is another highlight, and is easily the best slower song on here, and best performance vocally. The premise of the song is a slow acoustic guitar strumming a couple of minor chords and a quite frankly stunning vocal performance, showcasing Jones' ability to smoothly articulate his voice to fit this dark song. It isn't until the chorus, though, that the band expands it's limits and welcomes the feelings of pain to it's music. With the rather gloomy music surfing underneath the spectacular vocals, you really can get lost in this song. Easily one of the best.

Few other songs make as big an impact as these, though. Sure, there are some other excellent songs yet to be heard, but none stand up as strongly as the those two. Coming in close, though, is the now Canadian-indie-anthem If You Talk Too Much (My Head Will Explode), which may not start out that promising (picture a piano and a viking-lady singing an opera version of the chorus), but stay in there as the song can only get better. Gradually moving into an fierce acoustic riff and a very enthusiastic lead guitar performance improvising, and a mellow Jones giving the song a Neil Young kind of feel. After a decent length verse, you get into the chorus, and I mean get into it, as it's a very infectious one. Overlapping vocals over a slow but powerful musical performance, and gradually a great solo that remains among one of the best on the album. Totalling about 1:00 in length, the solo showcases the bands simple need to blow some minds. It's, frankly, quite astonishing. Another highlight is the totally different opener Barracuda, which could've been a 70's rock anthem, as it has as much roots and blues as it does Led Zeppelin-esque influence. Some rediculous vocals occupy this song, like the chorus proclaiming "Swimming with a Barracuda" is a cool thing to say. It isn't, but it only takes it's toll on the song a very small amount. There really isn't anything else to be said, except that it's time to rock.

As the great songs go by, there are some questionable ones. Eventually, after the enchanting For Miles Around and just-as-great Moth (which shows us the band's ability to dominate the European indie genre), there is the dusty Rush that doesn't exactly do the band any good. It's like a Tom Waits song, only without the fun and new-ness that Tom Waits made his songs to contain. Rush can easily ruin the mood of the album, as it only lands as a song that isn't remotely rewarding to listen to. It's lackluster riff that only supports a decent vocal performance and a bored-sounding rhythm section. Another slacker on the album is the decent Penny, which could easily be an unproductive jam session for the band. It starts off with a dull keyboard, and the song really doesn't change, though it sports a decent chorus with the only noticible part of it being the vocals. Though the vocals are impressive, the actual music just falls flat and bows itself down to it's proud predecessors. And it doesn't help that it comes in at a rather large 6:28. Something that could've easily been avoided.

Overall, this album has some great songs that I would highly recomend to download, but some songs are less attractive and bring the album down a tad. So, if you're looking for a good listen and want a band that isn't afraid to explore different genres (most of which happen to be favorites of mine), I reccomend this album.

Thanks for reading,
AV8RS

Fun/Useless fact: Jaqouin Phoenix directed the video for If You Talk Too Much.



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Music_Is_My_Life
April 6th 2006



100 Comments


Excellent review. You have piqued my interest AV8RS, I might just have to check these
guys out.This Message Edited On 04.06.06

Two-Headed Boy
April 6th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Really? What song? Cause I'd suggest Token Trapped Women, Falling by the Wayside and If You Talk too Much to download.

Two-Headed Boy
April 6th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

So. Anymore comments?

Two-Headed Boy
April 7th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks, but I feel that the anthem (If You Talk Too Much, I presume) showcases the album pretty good. Besides, it's a great song.

mr_jackalope
April 9th 2006



25 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Though the review was written pretty well, I completely disagree with it. Everything about this album is unimpressive: they take stale-Incubus backing tracks, put mock Thom Yorke-vocals over them, write completely useless and unsubstantial lyrics, and tie it all together with extremely muffled and stale production. There are a number of these albums coming out now (I work for a radio station--we get one of these types a week), and this one doesn't have anything on it that sets it apart from the rest of them. I gave it a 2 for just not being reprehensible.

chuchorota
April 23rd 2006



10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

some one recomend a band to me i dont know wat to download something like this guys something exyting

Two-Headed Boy
April 23rd 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

...I don't understand. Rephrase it in English.

chuchorota
April 25th 2006



10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tell me a good song to download traga vergas

thies007
April 26th 2006



12 Comments


send me a comment if i should go and bjuy this cd or download it.....

Two-Headed Boy
April 26th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It depends on what you like.

Nirvana67
June 13th 2006



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty under-rated album in my opinion. It took a couple of listens, but I'm attached to it now. Light for the Deadvine rocks. Good review too, though I disagree with your opinion of Rush.

payatentiongoldi
July 23rd 2006



4 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

awesome review. completely agree with you on token trapped woman. its my favorite. and my other two favorites would have to be For Miles Around and Penny. but yeah id have to disagree with "Rush."
i was gonna do this review, i talked to u about it on their EP review u did, but i just forgot about doing it. good job though.

Tyler
Emeritus
September 2nd 2006



7928 Comments


I just got this album (Free), it's decent so far. Nothing outstanding but certainly nothing awful.

artificialhigh
October 27th 2007



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Completely underrated album. Half of it is composed of songs that, at the very least, I would characterize as "good" (If You Talk Too Much..., Moth, Token Trapped Woman, Falling By The Wayside, My Black Widow, Penny, Narcoleptic), while the rest certainly couldn't be described as "filler". Production is absolutely good enough to get the color and texture of the songs across, especially on absolute standout like "Falling By The Wayside". Anyone who would give an album like this a one certainly hasn't heard nearly enough music that actually deserves that kind of score.

SebastianJunior
April 24th 2012



22 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Taken Trapped Woman does stand head-and-shoulders above the rest of the tunes, it's hard to be objective. But the production is sharp enough to smooth over some of the mediocre bits. There is a complete lack-of-hype surrounding this band which is refreshing. Yours was the first review on my Google search!

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012



15800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

love the riff on barracuda

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