Balmorhea
All Is Wild, All Is Silent


3.0
good

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (82 Reviews)
January 27th, 2014 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing more than a pleasant listening experience.

All Is Wild, All Is Silent evokes a perplexing feeling while listening to it. One can't help but be mesmerized by its beauty and appreciate the uplifting atmosphere it conveys. However, the strangeness comes from simply wanting more when delving into its slightly mediocre nature of lacking character and variety. Though this record possesses some extremely memorable sections, one can not escape the feeling of hearing the same exact structure over and over again in each piece of music. Rest assured, All Is Wild, All Is Silent best inhabits the easy listening music aesthetic and it really gives the listener a sense of peace, but it lacks the complexity of some of its fellow post rock colleagues. However, the album is perfect reading music so look no further in that department.

As for the sound of the album, nothing too outside of the box is presented here. Just imagine layers of strings, acoustic guitars, and piano that evoke an inspiring atmosphere. Alas, the ideas presented on this album never take off completely. There are moments that really do impress, but unfortunately those moments are not very abundant. Most of these great ideas are crammed into the darker sections of the album. For example, "Remembrance" showcases the best build on the album and it makes for amazing use of the banjo in the beginning. It sets the stage for the bass, strings, and vocalizing that come in shortly after. It's a beautifully melancholy piece and the best track on the album. In fact, there is not a moment on the album where the banjo is misused. "Night In The Draw" is driven by the banjo and its second half thrills with some great strings and good drumming. "Harm And Boon" is a sorrowful piano driven track all too short and it could have had a fantastic crescendo, but all it does is give us a taste of would could have been. It never really builds on the traditional post rock crescendo and it serves as a typical interlude rather than a song. These ideas leave the listener begging for more because of the staggering amount of talent presented and the potential for a masterpiece is strongly evident. Unfortunately, most of it sounds the same throughout and lacks variety. Aside from "Remembrance," there are not many aspects of the songs that distinguish them from the next. However, should anyone avoid this album because of all this? Absolutely not.

Balmorhea have crafted quite an solid album. It lacks the character, original sound, and variety that singles out Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Sigur Ros in the post rock genre. Yet, just because of this that does not mean anyone should avoid this. It is nothing more than a pleasant listening experience. There are beautiful emotions to be felt while listening to its simple soundscapes of strings, banjo, acoustic guitar, piano, and accessible builds. There's a reason why there are bands like this. Anyone getting into the genre of post rock or has never heard any will likely have a hard time listening to bands like Sigur Ros, but then we have Balmorhea. All Is Wild, All Is Silent is a perfect starting point for getting into post rock and for this reason, these type of bands should be appreciated.



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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


10199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Probably one of my hardest 3's. It epitomizes the phrase "good music." As always criticism is welcome!

JS19
January 27th 2014


4255 Comments


Can't believe I have never heard of these guys, this is so my area. Will check

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


10199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yea bro check them. My best friend actually introduced them to me as "some of the best post rock he's heard" actually. Far from it imo but it's nice music.

unaMUSEd
January 27th 2014


1072 Comments


Idk what it is but that summary just doesn't sound right to me.

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JS19
January 27th 2014


4255 Comments


needs to say 'Nothing much ***More*** than a pleasant listening experience'

unaMUSEd
January 27th 2014


1072 Comments


Yeah that would be much better. Or just drop the 'much' and say "Nothing more than a pleasant listening experience".

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


10199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Typo. That's exactly what I meant to say thanks for pointing that out.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


1616 Comments


I'll check it out later, sounds actually pretty nice.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


10199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yea man give it a listen. It is pretty nice.

VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


969 Comments


Good work man, have a pos.

I have to agree with you, its Balmorhea before they mastered their art. You should check out Stranger if you haven't yet.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


10199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks man. Is their latter stuff more interesting?

VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


969 Comments


Their latest album certainly is. Its tough to put your finger on why its so much better than this, but it is.

Rowan5215
January 27th 2014


26265 Comments


You're getting better and better broseph

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


10199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks Rowan! Worked hard on this one.

YoYoMancuso
January 27th 2014


11080 Comments


great great great review, band name sounds like an STD

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


10199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha it does sound like it doesn't it?

jefflebowski
January 27th 2014


8242 Comments


their newest is pure awesome, this is pretty good too

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


10199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I shall try it out then. They just need to expand upon the great ideas shown here and maybe they do it
on their newest.

Ecnalzen
February 2nd 2014


6531 Comments


Aw, schnap, I missed this review. Will read.

Ecnalzen
February 2nd 2014


6531 Comments


"Balmorhea have crafted quite an solid album."

Lil typo here. Should be a instead of an.

Nice, you are stepping it up here, guy!



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