First of all, I would like to say that I am NOT reviewing the reissue. I donít have the reissued version. The reissued version contains five remixes of songs on the original version and a music video. Technically, itís the same CD, there isnít anything too new. Now, I will get onto the review.
ďThe Honorary Title is Jarrod Gorbel and Aaron Kamstra. Gorbel bares his soul using his soaring voice and intricately worded narrative, while multi-instrumentalist Aaron Kamstra augments the melodies using an assortment of synths, organ and piano parts. Drawing on an electic range of influences that includes Elvis Costello, Bright Eyes and Jeff Buckley, The Honorary Title combines raw emotion with pop hooks and remarkably poetic lyrics to write songs that defy simple genre classifications. The bands indie sensibility is fleshed out on the richly orchestrated Anything Else But The Truth
, due out on June 1st, 2004 on Doghouse Records. The album was recorded last fall in New York and Nashville, with help of producer Roger Moutenot, known for his work with Yo la Tengo, Guster, and Josh Rouse."
(Background information taken from their website.)
This album starts off with the song Frame By Frame
, which is their most popular single that they have released from Anything Else But The Truth
. If there is anything song that could sum up what this band sounds in one song, itís this song. The song contains an overall calm feel and the lyrics are about how he feels that heís stuck in the frames of a movie. Frame By Frame
is one of the highlights of this album. The next song, Bridge And Tunnel
seems to repeat the same formula of Frame By Frame
but only speeding everything up. Maybe if these songs were spaced farther apart on the album, it would contain a bigger impact than it did.
When I first sat down and listened to this album, Everything I Once Had
stuck out to me the most. The song starts off slow but sounds really amazing. Jarrodís lyrics talent are shown perfectly and the instruments blend in wonderfully. The song does seem to become a little repetitive near the middle but that doesnít last long because around two and a half minutes into the song Jarrod gets rid of his normal singing style and takes more of a Conor Oberst approach, making his voice soar high and emotional, to end the song.
After Everything I Once Had
the album seems to dip down into the average. The only thing exciting about Cut Short
is the chorus because you can feel some emotion in his voice, the rest of the song seems dull and boring. Perhaps this song sounds bad because it just came after one of the greatest songs on the album. Points Underneath
throw in a whole new feel to the album. Itís slower than other songs on the CD and gives somewhat of an old fashioned feel. This song is good the first few times that you listen to it, however it will get boring after a while.
Song number six, Anything Else But The Truth
, which is obviously the title song comes and saves the album from going back into the average again. The song is pretty fast-paced, however is over four minutes long so it doesnít end short. Jarrod uses his falsetto voice a lot in this track and Aaron does some great backup vocals and they harmonize each other wonderfully.
Would I be Revealing Too Much
if I said that after this song the album goes back into the average again and stays that way? Revealing Too Much
could be compared to Everything I Once Had
seeing as they follow the exact same formula and it works just as amazing again. The songs starts off with synth and around two and a half minutes into the song (again) he goes into the same vocal style from Everything I Once Had
, talking about how he loves this girl but he also hopes that he isnít revealing too much.
When I first got this album last year during the winter, I listened to Snow Day
every time that I wanted snow. It never snowed when I wanted it to though. Just like Cut Short
before it, the only exciting part is the chorus however I put this song one above Cut Short
because the bridge is great also and the song is surely something that everyone could agree withÖ unless you live on the coasts and you rarely see snow.
The rest of the CD, beginning with Disengage
is complete let down. Some songs are just average and some are even below average. Disengage
is one of the below average songs. Itís really boring and repetitive and there is nothing in the song that is exciting at all. The Smoking Pose
is an attempt to improve the album but it doesnít really go off too well since the song gets really repetitive near the end. If they would of added some change around the middle of the song, this could have been a spike to stop the death at the end of the album.
and Cats In Heat
could easily be compared to Disengage
because it gets repetitive pretty quickly. However, near the end of Cats In Heat
Jarrod does some nice harmonics over a piano and finishes in the same style as Revealing Too Much
and Everything I Once Had
, however it seems too forced and it would have been better if they ended the album with Jarrodís harmonics over the piano.
Overall, this album is pretty great. It does get pretty repetitive and average but there are songs that save the album from just being average. Revealing Too Much
, Everything I Once Had
and Anything Else But The Truth
are highlights of the album. Cats In Heat
are a decent ending the album but Iíd say that they could of tried to make it less repetitive.
Songs To Love
Revealing Too Much
Everything I Once Had
Anything Else But The Truth
Frame By Frame
This is my first review, so hopefully everyone enjoys and I would love to know what I have done wrong and right with this review. Thanks.