mewithoutYou
Brother, Sister


4.5
superb

Review

by NeverFading14 USER (7 Reviews)
October 31st, 2006 | 115 replies | 20,709 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Their best work so far. Give it a listen at www.purevolume.com/mewithoutYou before purchasing their cd though.

3 of 11 thought this review was well written

mewithoutYou is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Indie Rock band. Though hard to truly classify their sound, mewithoutYou's music is generally dominated by lead vocalist Aaron Weiss, who, rather than singing, talks in dramatic, varied tones and pitches. The band also usually strays from typical song structures, creating a rather experimental style.


I'm a long time mewithoutYou fan, I had been waiting months for this cd to release, And I was not dissapointed in the least to finally get it

1. The Messes Of Men - The cd opens with the sound of rain, Then Arron Weiss comes in and starts his poetry, The song is all about adultry and lust. It has some cool bass and guitar riffs, nothing really noticable though, Arron Weiss' voice is so passionate on this song you can't help but instantly falling in love with it. Near the end a choir comes in and starts chanting some things in the background. This is one of my favorites off the cd
5/5


2. The Dryness & The Rain - This is a bit of a more positive song than the last. It's kind of average, Nothing really stands out on this. Bland guitar riffs, Although a good bass riff
3/5


3. Wolf Am I! (And Shadow) - Another favorite of mine off this cd, I absolutly love the way he speaks in this song. Also a very good guitar riff. Probubly the fastest song on the cd too, The end of the song he starts chanting "One day the water is going to wash it away!!". One of my favorite parts on the cd
5/5


4. Yellow Spider - This is a short acoustic song that runs at 1:10, Im not really sure what this is about, But it is quite good for a filler track
3.5/5



5. A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains - I usually just skip this song, The entire song is boring except when he chants the song name, There is a good guitar solo at the end though that is pleasent to listen to.
2/5


6. Nice & Blue Pt.2 - This song reminds me of "January 1979" from their last cd "Catch us for the foxes". It's a medium paced song through-out most of the song, There is a choir that chants in the background as Arron weiss does his poetic spoken word thing, It blends togather nicely, The guitar riff is kind of ugly. It reminded me of Norma Jean for some reason, Although I doubt anyone will agree with me
4/5


7. The Sun & The Moon - It starts off with a very nice, melodic guitar riff. The entire song is actually kind of melodic. The beat of the song hardly ever changes. His vocals are really good in this song, The lyrics go with the music very well. Overall a great track
4.5/5


8. Orange Spider. This is like Yellow Spider Pt.2 I guess, I don't know what this is about either. I really don't like it that much, They use the choir in the background and it just kind of sounds ugly. But they do use horns that sound very nice
3.5/5

9. C-Minor - I know i bring up guitar riffs a lot, but this song has my favorite guitar riff on the cd, They also use a horn which sounds very pretty, Good beat too. The chorus uses the choir once again. It goes very well with the song though. The lyrics are about..Him trying to stay a virgin I guess? Im a bit confused by them, But I know it has to do with Arron Weiss' relationship with God. Very passionate lyrics
5/5


10. In A Market Dimly Lit - The song starts with a very relaxing sound, Theres even an accordian which sounds pretty. at 1:30 the song explodes as Arron weiss starts yelling, the drums sound pretty tight. The versus are very laid back and he yells the chorus. There is a pretty cool guitar solo near the end of the song,
4/5


11. O, Porcupine - Probubly one of the more up-beat sounding tracks on the cd, Verse is pretty slow, the pace picks up at the chorus at 1:44 all you hear is some odd noises from the guitar and a drum beat, Then some weird drums come in, They may be bongos but im not sure, then some other drums come in to make a cool sound, then the choir starts chanting, and the last 50 seconds a guest vocalist comes in and I have no idea who it is, However the last minute of this song is yet another favorite part of mine on the cd
4/5


12. Brownish Spider - And I guess this is the last part in the spider parts. And my favorite too, It starts off with an accordian and some weird sounds, then a piano starts with acoustic guitar and Arron Weiss starts singing. Very pretty song
4/5

13. In A Sweater Poorly Knit - Starts off with some different sounds. Then the acoustic guitar comes in and the singing starts, This also has some of my favorite lyrics on the cd at 1:22 some harp comes in for like 10 seconds. Very good mix, Then a bit later in the song harp, accordian, And the choir kick in which just sounds beautiful. The last 50 seconds is just harp. I sometimes just replay those 50 seconds because it sounds so pretty. Great way to close the cd
4.5/5





Overall - This is the best work mewithoutYou has ever done. There aren't really any really bad songs on the cd. Arron Weiss' Vocals and lyrics are beautiful, They add a lot of intruments into different songs which makes the songs more interesting. Give them a listen at www.purevolume.com/mewithoutYou. Even though they don't really have many of their good songs there.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
The Jungler
November 1st 2006



4827 Comments


This sounds good, though I'm not sure you really think it's a 4.5/5 based on some of your ratings.
Anyway, good review, especially for a first. You could stand to be up some of the descriptions, but overall a fine job. The only song I've heard from these guys is January, 1979. It's fantastic, anything else you would recommend?

ToWhatEnd
November 1st 2006



3172 Comments


Yeah nice review, I think I might do a review for CFUTF soon.This Message Edited On 11.01.06

BlindGuy1012
November 1st 2006



252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review. I've always heard good things about mewithoutyou and i want to get in to them. What album do you think would be a good one to start with?

The Sludge
November 1st 2006



2169 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I just didn't like it. Pretty boring.

Okay review though.

cbmartinez
November 1st 2006



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't like this at all at first. I've grown to love it. The guy at the end of "O, Porcupine" is Jeremy Enigk of Sunny Day Real Estate. I never cared for him in SDRE but his voice sounds amazing in that song. "C-Minor" is the best track, the chorus hits me so hard, almost as much as the chorus of "Disaster Tourism." I thought with this CD they tried to hard to add more complexity to their songs and lost the beautiful simplicity of Catch For Us The Foxes. But save for the last track and all the spider tracks, this is a very, very solid release. The dissonance at the end of "In A Market Dimly Lit" is amazing. I thought the vocals lost some of their intesity that they had on Catch For Us The Foxes too.

whitebleedstored
November 1st 2006



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is my first post, i just was wondering, is it accepted to plagerize stuff in your the reviews, because the opening paragraph is straight from wikipedia.com when you search from mewithoutyou. at least cite your sources. other then that. it was a good review. for a wonderfull album. cheersThis Message Edited On 11.01.06

tenacious T
November 1st 2006



101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. I agree with you on most things, but "A Glass Can Only Spill What it Contains" is one of my favorite tracks. mewithoutYou are one of my favorite bands and this album is fantastic. Though not as good as Catch for Us the Foxes, in my opinion.

NeverFading14
November 1st 2006



380 Comments


Ohh, I didn't know you couldn't take stuff from wikipedia. This is my first review ever, and im 14. So I suck. Yeeeaaaahhh...

whitebleedstored
November 1st 2006



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its cool, im not like saying dont do it. just say like at the end put like stolen from wikipedia. or whereever else you get it. kinda like when you write a research paper. cheers.

godLike
November 2nd 2006



126 Comments


A to B isn't that great. Is this better?

NeverFading14
November 2nd 2006



380 Comments


This is FOR sure better. But they completly dropped the Post hardcore stuff on this cd. So its not has hard/heavy

godLike
November 2nd 2006



126 Comments


The songs on purevolume don't own me, pretty boring. Too Bad.

puttothetest
November 4th 2006



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not sure how you can call mewithoutyou boring.

Not a bad review. In some ways this is my favourite album of theirs. I love how their sound has progressed and theyve added a lot more additional instruments (horns, accordian etc) which I really appreciate.

But I loved Catch for us the foxes which i'd probably recommend to anyone wanting to buy one album of theirs.
A to B is also good, but not up to the level of the two most recent albums.

godLike
November 4th 2006



126 Comments


After hearing CFUTF I can easily say that mewithoutYou isn't my taste. I awaited more from a band which are related to Hopesfall as a similar artist. I think they're good in they're musical sub-genre, with that indie influences, but it's easily not my music.

NeverFading14
November 5th 2006



380 Comments


mewithoutYou is definatly not for everyone. It's an aquired (Sp?) taste.

stmol
December 22nd 2006



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album is amazing! musicly and especially lyricly!

it has rarely left my cd player for over 2 months.

which is quite the accomplishment......

slep
December 22nd 2006



1604 Comments


I found this CD to be boring. I tried to get into it and I couldn't.

nickmoshbaby
March 26th 2007



22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I don't like this review. In my opion your review was somewhat bias and unthought-out. This cd is more about symbolism and biblical refrenses than the guitar riffs and the "boring-ness" [calmness rather] of the music.

NeverFading14
March 27th 2007



380 Comments


Hey. You like underoath. therefore I don't care what you say

br3ad_man
Emeritus
March 27th 2007



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Band/album rules.



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