Rachel's
The Sea and the Bells


4.5
superb

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
October 31st, 2006 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rachel's blend chamber music and contemporary music into a gorgeous relateable sound.

Emotion is in my honest opinion the element that makes music to me the most valuable thing in my life. If an album at some point doesn't make me either giddy with excitement, or nearly bring me to tears, chances are I won't think it's that exceptional. The Sea and The Bells is an extremely emotional, carefully crafted, and downright gorgeous record. Rachel's as a band are known for their "borrowed" influence from the realm of chamber music, and no more is it seen true than on The Sea and The Bells. This album sounds like what "classical" would sound like in the 21st century. Rachel's expertly take in ideas that are presented in contemporary music and superbly sew them into a sound of the past.

Rachel's is in a way very similar to the music of Philip Glass. It's repetitive and minimal but at the same time stirs themes of despair and loss that stick with the listener. It's hard to not listen to Rachel's and have memories of some time of grief in life. The emotional connection and nostalgia-inducing ability that the music of Rachel's has with its listener is in my opinion represented so blatantly in only one other realm of music: emotional hardcore. Where most emotional hardcore bands tend to go for a far more aggressive route for their delivery of catharsis, Rachel's soft melancholy sound clearly reflects the listener's own grieves just as pertinently.

One downfall of Rachel's sound on The Sea and The Bells is the band's small fetish for field recordings of some things that don't really sit to well with the music (this is best seen in the track "To Rest Near To You".) Other than this small detail, I can really find no fault in Rachel's music. Perhaps I am just a sucker for overtly emotional music, but to find someone who could not relate and really enjoy Rachel's that is above the age of eighteen would be extremely difficult to find in my opinion. The music on The Sea and The Bells resonates with everyone because it speaks of familiar ground. While other artists claim to be expunging tales of lost love, Rachel's clearly know exactly the method to deliver a lamenting tune and on The Sea and The Bells the band reaches maudlin perfection.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pixiesfanyo
October 31st 2006


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is from.. http://artschoollameasses.blogspot.com/

711
November 1st 2006


1341 Comments


Wow, excellent review, man. I listened to some of this band's music on myspace and it was indeed beautiful and emotional.

AlienEater
November 1st 2006


716 Comments


Excellent review.

The Jungler
November 1st 2006


4827 Comments


Great review, I have some Phillip Glass and I am becoming a fan of Post Rock so this interests me a great deal. Nice work.

M A D R I G A L
November 1st 2006


103 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing band/album.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 31st 2010


15050 Comments


i hajvent listened to anythin gbut the last track but i love it

i feel like this could be really good

Hep Kat
December 31st 2010


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i remember this band

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 17th 2011


10611 Comments


No one talks about this wtf


Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

Yotimi
November 17th 2011


6523 Comments


it's good

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2011


17222 Comments


it's practically impossible to find. that's why

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 20th 2011


10611 Comments


Finally decided on what to rate this.

Duderino
February 23rd 2012


827 Comments


i'm really happy for you

NeutralThunder12
February 23rd 2012


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol

Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 16th 2012


10611 Comments


the
fucking
best

ThunderNeutral21
September 16th 2012


3864 Comments


this grew off me a lot



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