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|3.0 good||cliiint | July 15th 13|
I would like this a lot more, but 'I the Mighty' already did everything found here but better.
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|2.5 average||thejared | July 14th 13|
Unimaginative melodies weave there way through generic post-hardcore buildups and breakdowns. Every once in a while an idea moves into the area of enjoyment, but they are few and far between.
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|3.5 great||omik1116 | July 14th 13|
Unfortunately not as good as Ground Dweller, but still good nonetheless.
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|3.0 good||Cultclassical | July 14th 13|
Once again I fail to become a lame sputfuck bro by liking this a little bit..
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|4.3 superb||Davey Boy STAFF | October 22nd 13|
Just 16 months after their debut LP, Aussie post-hardcore act Hands Like Houses step up on 'Unimagine'. Showcasing greater diversity, this James Paul Wisner produced album is consistent & contains no filler. Trenton Woodley's soaring vocals return, as do the subtle electronics, hooky guitar melodies & catchy choruses. Musically, the sextet are undoubtedly tighter, even if the intricacy of their playing has been toned down a little. Pleasingly, Hands Like Houses have successfully evolved by refining their weaknesses, while maintaining their strengths. Recommended Tracks: Shapeshifters, A Tale of Outer Suburbia, Introduced Species, A Fire on a Hill & No Parallels.
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|2.5 average||Tony Li | November 28th 13|
I'm not understanding all the high marks people are giving to this album; Ground Dweller was a much more enjoyable and hook-laden album, this is nowhere near as consistent or memorable. Mediocre at best, with a few good but very forgettable songs.
|3.0 good||conquerstrife | November 28th 13|
Good record but way to many slow burning songs average songs here. They excel when things go fast and loud, keep to your strengths. Better than the last, but they can only get so much better in 1 year.
|4.5 superb||Genesis1992 | August 5th 13|
Topping the excellent "Groundweller" in every aspect
|3.5 great||iGuter | July 23rd 13|
The intent of the band's latest effort is to progress from the usual catchy hooks of their debut and to be deeper. Their attempt is commendable and should be worth noting but it comes off less enjoyable and more dull. I the Mighty proved you can have a enticing album that was deep and enjoyable. Hands Like Houses can't exactly pick all the right tones for each song with some feeling duller than the last. On a more positive note, the tracks kick a powerful punch. The instruments feel like they have weight behind them and a thoughtful structure keeping the songs less layered, but more intimate. The powerfully soulful style that Trenton Woodley uses also keeps this album well intact and memorable. Unfortunately, the tracks that feature Woodley front and center are possibly the weakest of the album. The two slowest tracks "Oceanside" and "A Tale of Outer Suburbia" are so low key and bland with the instruments that it feels like Woodley maybe putting too much emotion into it. The saying "less is more" doesn't exactly work for Woodley in this album and the tracks feel misplaced and unguided. Some fans might like the change of pace, but I was already enjoying the change of pace with the newly controlled atmosphere the band has made on this album. Here, those tracks don't belong. The progression is very impressive for a ban in this genre and it's fresh to hear something good be turned into something better. This is a well done album by a very talented band. Recommended Tracks:"A Fire On a Hill"; "Introduced Species"; "The House You Built"
|3.5 great||Molly Henderson | July 23rd 13|
not as good as Ground Dweller, but definitely not bad
|4.0 excellent||Alexd93 | July 18th 13|
Hands Like Houses follow up to their debut, the thrilling 'Ground Dweller,' is another batch of stellar, driving alt rock tunes. Going by the old adage, "if it's not broke, don't fix it," the band sets out to refine their approach rather reinvent themselves and while the results aren't anything groundbreaking, the albums is full of soaring, driving melodic rock, played with equal parts heart and brains. The band has seemingly perfected their formula with powerful rockers such as Shapeshifters and Introduced Species and even produced a stellar piano driven ballad with the gorgeous, yet delicate Oceandust. The end results are more consistent and engaging than the bands debut, and while there's nothing here quit revelatory, the bands ability to find the middle ground between, post-hardcore, alt rock, and arena rock, showcases a wide spread appeal that many of their peers sorely lack. rAlbum Picks: Shapeshifters, Oceandust, A Fire On A Hill
|5.0 classic||spawelcz | July 17th 13|
It is a great album and very enjoyable. My only critique is that it sticks to the verse chorus verse format too much, and I wish they allowed the instruments to standout a little more. However, the more I listen to it the more I love it and have to keep uping the rating.
|4.5 superb||captahab | July 17th 13|
The album sounds like the band wanted to go one direction, and Rise wanted them to go in another direction resulting in a somewhat lost and indecisive sound. The vocals are still good, but Trenton seems to rely on the same vocal runs throughout. The instrumental aspects are good but still sound a little muddy. I still think it's quite interesting they created such a strong album about imagination and then release their sophomore album entitled 'Unimagine'.
|4.0 excellent||Macros | July 17th 13|
A more consistent, mature effort than Ground Dweller with superior production. More akin to
bands like Dead Letter Circus, I the Mighty, Conditions and even Closure In Moscow on one
track (see Fountainhead) than their post-whatevercore Rise Records label mates and contrary
to popular belief theres not a breakdown to be seen.rStandout Tracks: Weight, A Tale of
Outer Suburbia, Fountainhead, Wisteria, A Fire On A Hill.
|3.0 good||mikep87 | September 25th 14|
|3.5 great||Betray | August 11th 14|
|4.0 excellent||Grymes | August 7th 14|
|4.5 superb||jimbon | July 24th 14|
|4.0 excellent||Mazza | June 22nd 14|
|4.0 excellent||elry2k | June 2nd 14|
|4.0 excellent||Mosh | May 2nd 14|
|2.5 average||Pndi | March 22nd 14|
|4.0 excellent||Akagami | March 15th 14|
|4.0 excellent||Shabz | March 13th 14|
|4.0 excellent||TJM1992 | February 17th 14|
|4.0 excellent||Conexus | February 10th 14|
|3.5 great|| ^_^ | February 5th 14|
|3.5 great||Zack | December 17th 13|
|3.5 great||Nucrus | December 8th 13|
|2.5 average||hudso | November 16th 13|
|4.5 superb||zanx | November 12th 13|
|3.5 great||bain89 | October 31st 13|
|4.0 excellent||Coast | October 29th 13|
|4.5 superb||willzor | September 14th 13|
|3.5 great||Evan | September 12th 13|
|4.5 superb||Zooyut | September 10th 13|
|4.0 excellent||Naenia | September 9th 13|
|4.0 excellent||jmumf | August 28th 13|
|4.5 superb||ACVPV | August 28th 13|
|4.0 excellent||tresm87 | August 20th 13|
|4.5 superb||beej23 | August 15th 13|
|5.0 classic||Yogurty | August 10th 13|
|4.0 excellent||kman123 | August 1st 13|
|5.0 classic||Svon | August 1st 13|
|4.5 superb||CutMan | July 29th 13|
|4.0 excellent||xVision | July 28th 13|
|3.0 good||T5Cx | July 26th 13|
|4.0 excellent||Lenox | July 25th 13|
|4.0 excellent||vali28 | July 25th 13|
|3.5 great||mrnic3 | July 21st 13|
|4.0 excellent||Rice303 | July 21st 13|
|3.5 great||Kronzo | July 18th 13|
|4.0 excellent||Noteros | July 17th 13|
|2.5 average||lucho | July 16th 13|
|5.0 classic||zmol | July 15th 13|
|4.0 excellent||TBH717 | July 14th 13|
|4.5 superb||SimGod | July 13th 13|
|5.0 classic||befire | July 13th 13|
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