Prawn
Kingfisher


3.0
good

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (90 Reviews)
August 27th, 2014 | 14 replies | 1,375 views


Release Date: 08/12/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Prawn get lost at sea

For better or for worse, Prawn have been one of the more consistent groups in the emo revival scene. Their mixture of The Appleseed Cast-esque post-rock sensibilities and a very mellow pop-punk delivery not unlike Into It. Over It. Prawn have released several several quality releases filled to the brim with mellow, calming, and at times atmospheric vibes. However, consistency can be a detriment when a sound becomes too safe and familiar. This is the case on Prawn's latest release Kingfisher, which is solid, but doesn't offer anything new.

Prawn have steadily been refining their chops in their rather long lifespan by emo standards (over seven years), and this progression culminated with their 2012 release Ships. Ships was less raw than previous works, it was catchier, it was tighter, and it had an appropriately short runtime considering how tiring and same sounding this brand of emo can be. Kingfisher has almost as many standout moments as Ships, but they're spread out over ten tracks instead of six, and the tracks as a whole have a more homogenized sound that effectively blends all the songs together. Similar to fellow post-rock influenced emo band Moving Mountains' latest release, much of the band's energy and charm is lost when their sound becomes too mellow, too slow, too familiar, and most importantly, too safe.

Prawn are a very strong band with a lot of potential, but at this point in their career, they need to be branching out more. Everything that's good about this record has been done better, fresher, and with more energy by similar bands, and Prawn themselves. Kingfisher is a fine record by most emo revival standards, but Prawn could have, and already have done better.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 27th 2014


50310 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

flag plz

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tommygun
August 27th 2014


24906 Comments


but rob isn't this just a copy/paste of every other emo revival review you've written?

with the band and album names changed, of course :D

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 27th 2014


50310 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

naw cos I wrote 3 paragraphs instead of 1

but yeah every damn emo band has been disappointing me lately

hopefully the new tiny moving parts will change that

SnakeDelilah
August 27th 2014


7098 Comments


they're from ridgewood damn

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ExplosiveOranges
August 27th 2014


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

flag plz

Goddammit.

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skoopy48
August 27th 2014


1492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn I usually agree with your opinions treb but not this time. This album rules

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DrJohn
August 27th 2014


476 Comments


Well, while I won't pretend caring about the emo scene or this album, one could wait for an album already reviewed on the front page to pass, before posting his own... it is a matter of good manners imho.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 27th 2014


50310 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

u wot m8

fromtheinside
August 28th 2014


18202 Comments


"hopefully the new tiny moving parts will change that"

duh

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Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2014


2396 Comments


why does emo revival suck so aggressively

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2014


15963 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm with you Trebor. I don't understand the massive hype surrounding this.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2014


50310 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice nice

I'm so hesitant to check out the new Maybeshewill

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2014


15963 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's fairly good. I liked it a lot at first but it's grown off me significantly. It's watered down by their standards but still better than most post rock out there right now.

Diamondize
August 28th 2014


1367 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

boring

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