Closure in Moscow
Pink Lemonade


5.0
classic

Review

by Mikey Graves USER (3 Reviews)
May 7th, 2014 | 84 replies | 11,916 views


Release Date: 05/09/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not too sweet, not too sour, five years later, Pink Lemonade is a downright psychotropic epic.

6 of 11 thought this review was well written

Us musicians can be a fickle, discerning bunch. Endlessly refining and dividing our taste, when we find something we love, we rarely want it to change. Such an obstacle is illustrated in the soulful saga that has become Closure in Moscow.

Five years after their 2009 post-rock inspired debut, fans could easily expect the sounds of a band matured. And matured they have. But in taking more than one cue from contemporaries Mars Volta, Closure in Moscow have served us Pink Lemonade with a serious dose of psychedelic sauciness, unafraid to grin defiantly through even their most twisted of vibes. The results are profound.

The album begins oddly enough at the cover. The soft, reverberating soundscape gives way to odd-timed riffs, sensual grooves, and the most tasteful of ludicrous lyrics. There were many moments I equated my first listen of the album with a serious psychedelic trip. Like a night of magic mushrooms, Pink Lemonade approaches goofy distortions and effects with cinematic, existential vision.

'Neoprene Byzantine' and 'Dinosaur Boss Battle' reach new heights for the band in terms of all out swing. Chorus-laden guitar lines drip with style and fuzz, as vocalist Christopher DeCinque channels the fearlessness of both a young Robert Plant or Freddie Mercury. Fans will be happy to hear the already impeccable vocal interplay between DeCinque and backup-vocalist/guitarist Mansur Zanneli are even more effective this time around, even when competing with bizarre voiceovers spoken in Japanese or Robot Speak.

The bands new rhythm section brings an absurd amount of funk and dancibility to the album, a topic of some debate among long-time fans. Drummer Salvatore Aidone and bassist Duncan Miller tastefully lay their chops down over gems like 'Seeds of Gold,' in which listeners will unavoidingly find themselves "dancing like they don't know they suck," as forewarned in the album preview.

Stubborn listeners may not know how to react to all this sheer joy and wonderment if they expected a post-rock opus similar to First Temple or the 'albumette' before that. But the band's consistency lies in it's vision and execution. While the music takes a daring, obvious leap towards psychedelic blues, the band's quasi-esoteric passions burn ever brighter.

'Mauerbauertraurigkeit,' the albums slowest moment, is the one genuinely nostalgic track, occasionally sounding like it originated from the days of The Penance and the Patience. Incidentally, this was my one issue with the entire album. The song itself is beautiful, and stands well on its own, but the nostalgia alone was enough to distract me from the flow of the album for a minute. Although it does lead to the now even more amazing 'Church of the Techno Christ' and truly interesting 'Beckon Fire.'

Much like the fuchsia tinged refreshment the album gets its name from, the separate ingredients of the record are as mischievous as they are mysterious. Both immediately satisfying and worth savoring with taste, Pink Lemonade is the sound of sweet and sour magic five years in the making.


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other reviews of this album
kevin234 (5)
Not too sweet and not too sour. Not too satirical and not too serious....

Jacob R. STAFF (3.8)
This here is your techcommunion...

Tony Li (3)
Not as appetizing as the album name suggests....


Comments:Add a Comment 
VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2014



853 Comments


Nice review man. I'm assuming you meant post-hardcore not post-rock in the third last paragraph though.

Azn.
May 7th 2014



5569 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

uh......

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Beauville88
May 7th 2014



217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Erm...

StarvingArtist
May 7th 2014



36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ehrm...

YakNips
May 7th 2014



7437 Comments




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paradox1216
May 7th 2014



434 Comments


this album sounds very much like it puts style over substance, but it's still pretty fun so far

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StarvingArtist
May 7th 2014



36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It is indeed very stylish. And the substance of the record will be a matter of contingence for a long time, I think haha. But I honestly think there's quite a bit once you move past the extremism. Which you totally can.

Azn.
May 7th 2014



5569 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

nah lol

LordePots
May 7th 2014



6518 Comments


ew alt

StarvingArtist
May 7th 2014



36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Probably not you, Azn.

StarvingArtist
May 7th 2014



36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No one has even had time to trip balls to this yet. Give it tiiiiiime.

MeatSalad
May 7th 2014



14195 Comments


i thought first temple was mediocre and pretty gay, will i like this

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Scoot
May 7th 2014



17682 Comments


actually stoked to hear this now

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StarvingArtist
May 7th 2014



36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm going to say it's worth a shot lolz.

OllieS
May 7th 2014



2029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is wicked

RivalSkoomaDealer
May 7th 2014



674 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Had no idea this leaked. Gotta check this out immediately.

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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2014



17920 Comments


WE musicians

kevin234
May 7th 2014



238 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

A grower for sure. There is a lot to digest here, both musically and lyrically. Both of the reviews so far make no attempt at finding themes in the lyrics. Likewise, neither is exemplary. I did find Azn.'s review to be better than this one. In terms of rating, this is more in the 4-4.5 range, not sure this is a five. At least, not yet.

kevin234
May 7th 2014



238 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Much like the fuchsia tinged refreshment the album gets its name from"

oh please.

Clefairy
May 7th 2014



73 Comments


I might check this



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