There are but a few precious things that I truly treasure in life. My closest friends. My family. But then it turns to my own decisions, the material possession I desire to have. My electric guitar. My music. And there’s hardly a CD, if any, that’s more treasured, more praised by myself than Circle Takes the Square’s “As the Roots Undo."
This was anything but love at first sight. When I first popped this CD in, there wasn't much at first that was different from me trying out any other album. The filler "Intro" quickly flowed into the first real track "Same Shade as Concrete," and I was ambivalent on the album’s would-be quality. The vocals are very strange, with a male and female voice shrieking and singing, seemingly desperate to get their feelings out. I had a feeling I wasn't gonna enjoy the album very much solely because of the vocals, but as I went along on the CD, one thing caught my ears' attention: time changes. Tempo, tempo, tempo. For example, in a simple (if you can call it that), barely-over-two minutes-song like Crowquill, I was amazed how many time changes there were. The song just stops, the drums just slow down tremendously, this coming right after crazy frenzied shrieking and incredibly fast power chords and riffs and very fast drumming, hitting everything in sight. The mood, atmosphere, even train of thought, gets completely disrupted. The shrieking calms, the guitars quiet down, the drums slow to a crawl. This is a reoccurring theme that keeps the listener hooked. This is the lock, the quintessential (am I using that word right?) element to this album. This keeps the whole CD interesting.
The CD is an easy classic. However, this is probably not the album you would play for your friends for entertainment, since they’ll probably complain about the vocals but if you’re looking to find an album to get hooked to when you have the time, to desire to listen to every minute of every day, this is definitely it. This might as well be my favorite album ever.
This is way heavier than Thursday or Thrice, and way more scream-oriented, so if thats what you disliked about those two bands, take caution.
Otherwise, this album is pretty amazing. I do believe it made my top 10 of all time. It's quite breath taking, to be honest. Kill the Switch ftw.
This is hardly like the Members Liked things and the only reason I didn't recommend anything is because I'm not sure of anything that sounds similar; it's in a class of its own. Everyone should do themselves a favor and check this out. The album kicks major arse.
I was never into hardcore really, but I liked the emo stuff. These guys are alright. Nothing groundbreaking, I think. Just very original. Took a hell of a long time to grow on me...>_>This Message Edited On 08.07.06
be fore joining this site i had a terrible misinterpretation of the word emo. When some one said emo i instantly thought of MCR and Hawthorne Heights. One day i decided to go through the list of emo bands on this site and was opened to a great new world of music.
I could never see any of the emo kids i know listening to true emo music. they just listen to a bunch of pop punk bands and were to much makeup