She Wants Revenge
She Wants Revenge


2.0
poor

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson STAFF
May 27th, 2006 | 18 replies | 4,147 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


She Wants Revenge is a strange little band to place. On one hand, they have a slightly interesting sound (at least to someone who normally doesn’t listen to this type of music), have rather personal lyrics, and that dude sure does have a decent voice. Then, on the other, they reuse that same sound for 52 minutes, those lyrics are very cliché and that guys voice is the same for ~38 minutes (we must take into the godsend moments where we are reprieved.). So where exactly does that place them in my book? Squarely in the “General reasons for the reason I don’t listen to all this indie and alternative nonsense."

If you’re “in the know", you’ve probably heard the single off of She Wants Revenge, Tear You Apart. And if you’re like me, you thought it was a neat little single to boot. The drum machine and guitar were, obviously, pretty cool, and the guy just sounded so absolutely depressed he was just irresistible. The lyrics were also pretty cool, as he detailed some strange prom date or crush or whatever. The rather dark atmosphere of the song is refreshing in today’s assault-style radio rock, and who could resist the moan that’s present in the background of the album? The song intrigued me, so immediately (like the wannabe-pirate that I am) I went and downloaded the album. For a couple of weeks, I really enjoyed it. Then, something went wrong. I played the album after a few days of not listening, and all of the sudden, I couldn’t differentiate between any of them. "Oh no," I thought, what ever am I to do? Why, write a negative review for sputnik!"

That leads us here, where I am to begin the dissecting of this album. However, why not start with some good points? The general sound of She Wants Revenge is actually quite interesting, they create a bleak and morose sound that is pretty much devoid of any of those “happy feely" thoughts that ruins music so often. The guitar tones capture the essence of lonely despair perfectly, and Justin Warfield’s vocals (they remind me of Joy Division kinda, and most people seem to agree, but lest we forget, Joy Division blows anyways) are quite the downtrodden ones indeed. The lyrics consist of much sexual innuendo and “wah wah I miss her", and there are a few moments of slight lyrical brilliance.

Unfortunately, that’s all I can say I like about the album, and most of that becomes completely and utterly irritating after a few playthroughs. Starting out with the lyrics this time around, Warfield seems to have just had the worst love life ever. Seriously, lines like “Lovers hold hands to numb the pain“ (from These Things) show how absolutely sick he must be of love, but when there are 1435 lines similar on this album, it generally loses its impact. The sexxin’ lines are also equally bad and totally corny, with the chorus of Monologue being the most laughable of these; “If your afraid to say/But you’d/like to try/Just give me the safe word and take your hand/And smack me in the mouth, my love “. Oh, guess what? That’s right, there’s another 742 lines exactly like that on this album as well, and you’d better believe I’ve seen at least twenty myspaces with She Wants Revenge lyrics as headlines.

That’s not really a criticism though, is it? No, but the fact everything plain sounds the same is. While some songs do gladly reprieve us of this (These Things, I Don’t Want to Fall in Love, and Sister in particular), most of the junk here bleeds together. It’s an unfortunate thing to happen, as when you first hear Red Flags And Long Nights you should be summarily blown away by its faux-epic leanings and dark overtures. However, when you begin to play through the album once again, you’ll notice two things: Out of Control is just one of the worst songs ever, and that nearly every song could use trimming. Red Flags and Long Nights runs an impressive 5 minutes, but that’s with a minute and a half of absolute boring to begin with, and then of the same old “hey, we’re sad, dig it" lyrics and echo-ey guitars.

So, what ultimately kills this record is blandness and repetition, with a little bit of overblowness to round it all out. What She Wants Revenge basically does here is take one or two good ideas, and then run rampant through the streets of music town with them, all the while forgetting to maybe trade those ideas in for newer models. They obviously have created something slightly special, but when you can’t be bothered to listen past track 6, what have you really accomplished? I’d give this a 2.5 “in-genre", but it’s just a bad album anywhere else. She Wants Revenge receives a reluctant 2, and I can only hope they either shorten up the music next time, or perhaps learn that people occasionally like a happy-touchy-feely song with their /wrists stuff.

Recommended Tracks:
I Don’t Wanna Fall in Love
Sister
Tear You Apart




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The Jungler
May 27th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This has also gone down in goodness (not a word) for me too. I don't dislike it as much as you do, but it does get quite repetitive.

*And with that VagueDan gives up the default review spot to the far better, Iluvatar*This Message Edited On 05.27.06

Storm In A Teacup
May 27th 2006



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like it. The lyrics are the best part of the whole album and then the dudes voice. Repetitive as hell? Yes, but still enjoyable.
Nice work.

kno_kontrol
May 28th 2006



448 Comments


Good review, although Joy Division really doesnt blow all that badly. They are pretty interesting stuff. I havent heard this, but it sounds like aural hell the way you describe it.

FA
May 28th 2006



127 Comments


My friend, who really doesn't get much into music, actually brought this band up to me. He knew little about She Wants Revenge, but I was amazed at the thought that he knew a band I didn't. I don't mean to sound arrogant by any means, but he's not the type to dabble around musical genres. Coincidence...k. Nice review by the way.

ert90
May 28th 2006



15 Comments


I kind of assumed this band would be the generic "indie rock" band that really isn't anything close to indie. Their single wasn't even that good.

Nice review, btw.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2006



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think they do stick to being somewhat indie, but then again, I'm pretty much against indie in general, so I'm probably not the best indicator.
And thanks for all the fish.

labonza01
May 28th 2006



546 Comments


ive heard the single, and i didnt really like it. the guy sounded too much like the vocalist from interpol, which really makes his voice less unique. nice review though.

mr_jackalope
May 28th 2006



25 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This is, most assuredly, one of the worst albums in history.

FA
May 29th 2006



127 Comments


[quote=mr_jackalope]This is, most assuredly, one of the worst albums in history.[/quote]

Nice post, almost worthy of being here....I wouldn't post something so blatantly stupid, otherwise the mods will get upset and bannanize you.

Storm In A Teacup
May 30th 2006



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't see what's wrong with the post.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2006



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

False Advertising wanted to feel important, I think. While it wasnt the most productive of comments, it was still completely valid.
And as much as I may still strongly dislike this album, Tear You Apart and I don't Wanna Fall in Love are damn fine songs.

711
May 30th 2006



1341 Comments


Im not a fan of this band at all. Now, of course Im not going to go saying they suck and stuff, thats just stupid. Tear You Apart is actually quite a catchy song. Its still not on a list of songs I would really sit down and listen to though. The singer has an interesting voice, but it gets quite irritating to me at times. But like I said before though, very catchy, haunting song.

a_martini_kiss
May 31st 2006



93 Comments


i really like she wants revenge. theyre sound is so different from everything else thats out today. their songs arent pop and they have no desire whatsoever to be. the beats are erotic and hypnotizing. its art

The Jungler
May 31st 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

There sound is actually quite common.

a_martini_kiss
May 31st 2006



93 Comments


well i guess i wouldnt know, indie's diffenitly not my area of expertise.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2006



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I dont even listen to indie in general (I do have a prejudice against it), and know this is fairly generic stuff for the genre.

ReturnToRock
December 4th 2007



3448 Comments


i d/l'd this off the net and listened to half of it, once. then i switched it off.

i will subject myself to a couple of full listens so that i can make the (negative) review. then i'll delete it forever.

silverleaves
January 24th 2008



438 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i borrowed this from a friend but have yet to listen to it, and this review doesnt really make me want to
i'll still give it a listen, i like the singles

also, why do you hate indie so much?



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