The Red Paintings   Walls
4.1 Ranking: #16 for 2005
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4.5 superbchastiser | November 30th 09

Absolutely adore this EP from such a unique and wonderful bands. I'm a huge Red Paintings fan because of this EP. I discovered the band when I heard Walls, and i knew i had to have more.

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4.5 superbChristopher Kenrick | June 14th 09

Blooooooody brilliant.
Walls is an EP like no other... it's more of a mini-album than anything else but at the end of it, you feel like you've gone through a fully blown out double album which leaves you gasping for oxygen because of how the 'Mad World' cover halfway through overwhelmed you so much, you stopped breathing.
Groundbreaking stuff in its own right, the violin and cello combo on top of the standard rock instruments keeps the EP interesting at all times... the only thing I'm not too sure about is why they would want two slightly different versions of the title track on there.
Obviously this EP is alot more than 'Mad World', I'd say 'Walls' and 'The Streets Fell Into My Window' are the highlights of their song writing and passion. This is something magical, without a doubt.

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0.0 Jom STAFF | February 5th 07

Without a doubt, the Walls EP highlights The Red Paintings at their best. With an intriguing line-up comprised of a lead vocalist and guitarist in the dynamic Trash McSweeney, a bassist, a violinst, a cellist, and a percussionist, this Australian quintet plays incredibly beautiful and haunting performances. There are two versions of the title track, "Walls," which Trash writes with an extended metaphor of a dying or already-dead relationship behind lush strings and crunching guitars. There is also a cover of Tears For Fears' "Mad World," acoustically-driven but not without the assistance of cellist Wayne Jennings to elevate the music. "The Streets Fell Into My Window" and "Portrait of a Dead Soul" are also highlight tracks, the former beginning with a deranged Alice's Adventures in Wonderland reading from Jennings that also showcases Trash alluding to other literary works, most notably the Maus series, while the percussion feverishly grows into a frenzy. The latter track is much more moderate in pace, featuring Trash's explanation as to why there is no pain or suffering after death. In all, The Red Paintings play some phenomenal, captivating music, and the Walls EP is absolutely critical and vital listening to all comers: it should be a crime if Trash's charismatic demeanor, gorgeous orchestral accompaniments, and stunning instrumentation go unheard.

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