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|4.5 superb||Channing Freeman STAFF | April 19th 09|
Yeah, everyone complaining about the overtly Christian nature of this record needs a head check. This is fucking mewithoutYou. Look at their fucking band name for G-d's sake. I think everyone is just pissy because Weiss stopped writing about girls and started writing every song about potatoes. And insects. Record rules.
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|3.5 great||Nick Butler EMERITUS | April 27th 09|
There's been so much crap said about this already, and such a wide range of vastly different opinions, that I'd probably be excited to hear it even if I didn't already love this band. The original reports suggest that they've completely sold out and starting writing Christian camp songs to sing on your acoustic guitar by the fire? Awesome! The hardcore fans get all indignant and start throwing personal insults back? Even better!
I can sort of see where that first opinion comes from, in fairness - It's All Crazy! is a lot less self-obsessed and downbeat than anything they've done before, markedly so in contrast to a track like "Wolf Am I (And Shadow)". It's also more subdued and more content with itself, and many of the songs introduce orchestral instruments - the influence of psychedelia, particularly Sgt. Peppers, is all over this, especially in the last two tracks. Perhaps that's a little disappointing to hear for some, and it's hard to deny that this doesn't quite scale the heights of Brother, Sister, but people need to get over it. They're still a great band and this is still a great album.
Major props too, for being a band known for Christian imagery, and having the guts/intelligence/desire to write a joyous acoustic finale called "Allah! Allah! Allah!". Maybe if more of the religious people I knew were as spiritual as these guys can be I'd be a religious man myself. Something to consider.
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|5.0 classic||John weathered old reviewer Hanson STAFF | April 20th 09|
My problem with the album is that despite all of its good intentions it plain and simple delivers like previous mewithoutYou efforts.
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|4.5 superb||natey | April 19th 09|
Biblical references and a sing-a-long feel can give this album a falsely childish mask, but are you forgetting what band we're talking about? The lyrics are unsurprisingly passionate, potent and clever as ever; the instrumentation has continued to grow in diversity, but electric guitars and drum set have not exited the picture, nor has Weiss' voice lost all of its grit. Most importantly the songwriting is consistently ace, resulting in beautiful chord progressions and glorious melodies. I'm happy to say I've never heard a mewithoutYou song I didn't like.
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|4.5 superb||6604 | July 25th 09|
To be honest, I there are not many of the Christian roots left intact in my life which were grown at a young age - like most adolescents (or maybe 'some' is a better word), I rebelled against my parents' worldview at the ripe age of 14. Or so. Regardless, the things I still keep are the things that I think TRUE Christianity is about: helping others, being happy with yourself, loving others, loving yourself, God exists, God created, and of course "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" - among other things. Point is, regardless of MeWithoutYou's super-obvious religious view, there is not a preachy moment on this entire album, instead, the band focuses on what makes them happy and incidentally their worldview just flows out. What ensues is a beautiful album, full of rich textures, incredible flowing-dynamic lyrics, beautiful storytelling, and some really neat moments. I have been an on and off MWY fan, but after spinning this album umpteenth times, I am convinced they are one of the most solemn, complete, and important bands of our generation. Sing along!
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|4.5 superb||Aaron | April 22nd 09|
In the first 3 listens here's what happened
First Listen : appalled at the new singsong style; wtf Weiss you took everything good about mewithoutYou and threw it away for your crazed sunday school singalongs
Second Listen: heard the lyrics again; Weiss, you sneaky trickster, you took all those lyrics you had for all those sad songs and put them to happy music! But, still, all these repetitive parts, and all these crazy pop structures? This just isn't you my man, I dunno if I can dig this.
Third Listen: HOLY SHIT WEISS, YOU TOOK EVERYTHING POIGNANT AND POWERFUL ABOUT MWY AND MADE IT HAPPY! THIS RECORD IS EVERYTHING YOU'VE EVER DONE, JUST WITHOUT BEING DEPRESSED!
In other words, it's really, really, really excellent.
and fuck the haters for the Christian allusions. He's Christian. Did you really not expect it?
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|4.0 excellent||SnackaryBinx | April 20th 09|
This is the album that will most likely weed out the 'casual' fans from the more 'hardcore' fans
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|4.5 superb||Kevin Jalmax | April 19th 09|
I'm done explaining my rating. Ya motha's pussy.
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|0.0 ||Cam EMERITUS | June 21st 09|
I just think that it'd be weird as hell if any of these songs were actually played at a Christian campfire
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|3.0 good||Kehl | May 12th 09|
This is a hard album to rate because it's not bad, in the sense of what it is. But juxtaposed to other mewithoutYou works I would give this a 1.5. I'm going to be generous, though, and pretend I've never heard mewithoutYou before; further more I'm going to pretend I give a flying crap about the genre (folk/biblecamp)...And even further I'm going to pretend I didn't hear the line "If you ever disobey your parents, we'll see".
Now, I'm ready to rate it.
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|4.0 excellent||Alexander | April 21st 09|
Aaron Weiss is a happy man now, and his music tells you should be too. Who cares if they sound like jesus campfire songs-it still retains the eccentric glory of their sound-and you should all cave into it's glory.
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|3.0 good||Crimson | April 20th 09|
anybody who thinks this is as good as previous mewithoutYou is crazy and their opinions are false, this is just alright, nothing more
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|0.0 ||Stevie | October 27th 09|
I got a walnut brownie brain
And molasses in my veins
Crushed graham cracker crust
My powdered sugared funnel cake cocaine!
Let the crescent cookie rise!
These carob-colored almond eyes,
Would rest to see my cashewed princess
In the swirling marble sky!
Would rest upon the knee,
Where all divisions cease to be
A root-beer float in our banana boat
Across the tapioca sea.
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|5.0 classic||Youwithoutme | May 12th 09|
At first I was kind of disappointed by this album and the direction that mewithoutYou took. Then I realized this may not be the same mewithoutYou that released Brother, Sister but its still an amazing album people just need to give it some time.
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|1.0 awful||SVIIB | May 1st 09|
This guy has the most annoying voice in the world. Other than Mark Hoppus, who just can't seem to understand that he needs to stop singing. Please.
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|2.5 average||stephenhannibalļ£æ | April 28th 09|
The worst of all their albums.... nothing that made them so stellar... this time around it's a waste.
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|3.5 great||ZachZion | April 26th 09|
Didn't like this album as much as Brother, Sister but it's amazing nonetheless and the lyrics are pure genius. Man I love how this band glorifies God in their music in such a unique way.
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|0.0 ||Golgoroth | April 21st 09|
So when I heard the bootlegs I was all "Blah new mewithoutYou album is going to suck blah" and now that I've actually heard the studio versions and given them some time to sink in I'm all "Yay new mewithoutYou album rules yay"
In other words, their position as my favorite band of all time is safe.
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|4.0 excellent||Nathaniel Fritz | April 20th 09|
I too have an opinion on this album. Your mini-review was too short, it has to be at least 70 characters
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|4.0 excellent||Travis Montgomery | June 21st 13|
Even at their weakest, mewithoutyou prove that they're without a doubt one of the best indie-folk groups out there and an undeniable force to be reckoned with. 3.9/5
|3.5 great||cliiint | May 5th 12|
king beetle makes up for 'fig' and that's saying A LOT. but really, this album changed me. sorta
|0.0 ||Waldo Jeffers | May 3rd 12|
reminiscent of ITAOTS and it has lyrics like POWDERED SUGAR FUNNEL CAKE COCAINE therefore anyone who rates it lower than a 4 is stupid and their opinion no longer has any relevance.
|2.0 poor||hesperus | January 2nd 11|
Any album, Christian or not, that gives me flashbacks of Catholic youth group is doing something wrong. I love mewithoutYou's other work because of its willingness to diverge from the norm in Christian music and make music that is a) emotionally engaging, and b) poetic. This album is neither, and it's heartbreakingly disappointing.
|3.5 great||NeutralThunder12 | June 16th 10|
mewithoutYou are one of the most interesting and capable bands in modern indie, and this record proves that. It's beautifully orchestrated, catchy as hell, interesting and definitely a diverse and varied listen. While a great record, it is not without fault. It's a great sing-a-long, but sometimes the lyrical content, despite always rhyming perfectly, can get a little obnoxious. Some of the melodies can be a bit obnoxious too, in fact, this album just barely gets the 4, as it can become annoying at times. However, considering it's diversity and gorgeous arrangements, a 4 seems the perfect rating, but then again, it seems less serious and moving than their previous efforts, so, despite the structure, it gets a 3.5...
|5.0 classic||David Skattebo | March 23rd 10|
Quite simply, this is probably my favorite record ever. It's impact on my life has been so gorgeously profound that I could never thank the band enough for what they have done (and I've tried!). It goes beyond the music, the lyrics, everything, and just truly makes you a better person. If you want to find the ways to be a happier person, listen to this record.
|3.5 great||Jonnyborg | December 25th 09|
While an enjoyable listen, mwYs latest simply does not have the musical, lyrical and emotional pull that their previous albums have had for me. I attest this to the fact that aaron seems to be happy now. Like I said, enjoyable cd, but I had much higher hopes for it.
|5.0 classic||Turbulence | July 30th 09|
One of those few life changing albums. I can put this on at any time of the day and listen to it as many times as I want and it never gets old. On top of that, I always get something new from it
|3.0 good||OlDirtyPaule | May 22nd 09|
To put it into sentence, I'm disappointed. It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright isn't the masterpiece I've expected after Brother, Sister. Actually, it is much less.
I don't care whether these guys play post-whatever-core, folk, indie rock or anything else, but many songs on IACIAFIAADIA just ain't as brilliant as their previous work. "Goodbye, I", "A stick, a carrot & string", "Timothy Hay", "The King Beetle on a Coconut Estate", and "Allah, Allah, Allah" are average indie folk/rock (nothing more, maybe less), "Fig with a Bellyache" consists of two of the most annoying song parts written in a long time and "Bullet to binary (Part Two)" as well as "Cattail down" also start uninspired.
Obviously, I'm not a native speaker, but I guess I quite well understood the lyrics and imho they really suck. I don't want to offend anybody, but this overly religious, one-dimensional repeated praises/sermons and bursts of bumptious fables and escapism - well, calling it "naive" would be euphemistic, I think.
At the end of my short review, I shortly want to mention what justifies quite solid 3.0 stars despite all the cons. Apart from the lyrics, the first three songs are brilliant: "Every thought a thought of you" is a nice sing-along, "The Fox, the Crow and the Cookie" is even better and can be compared to Neutral Milk Hotel's best moments and "The Angel of Death Came to David's room" has a killer refrain. Furthermore, as indicated above, "Bullet ..." and "Cattail down" at least show the bands high potential after the boring first parts.
|4.5 superb||Max R. | May 21st 09|
mewithoutYou have stripped down the guitar riffs and added in horns, violins, and bells to rcreate a beautiful, intimate album that glows with personality.
|4.5 superb||MelanieHouser | May 18th 09|
this album is everything wonderful. I do think that many if not MOST people need to realize the roots of their religiously inspired lyrics. Sorry to break it to you, but its NOT Christianity. Hard to believe because they talk of the Lord and God and use "bible" words, but it stems from Sufism which is an Islamic religion, and which is SO much more legit than any type of jesus-lover. This is what makes Mewithoutyou an utterly phenomenal band, unconventional in every way, purely fantastic. I love them!
|5.0 classic||AmnesiacR | May 15th 09|
Holy shit. It finally clicked. I'm pretty sure my story has been told a thousand times before. I was disappointed with the new songs at first; thought they had gone too soft. "Weiss! Why would you strip away everything that made mewithoutYou amazing!"
I was wrong. Dead wrong.
|4.5 superb||StickmanSouffle | May 14th 09|
This album is kinda like if mewithoutYou, Bob Dylan and Neutral Milk Hotel had a threesome and simultaneously came 'It's all Crazy! It's all False! It's all a Dream! It's Alright'.
|4.0 excellent||cfbassist | May 6th 09|
this cd is amazing, this rating will probably go up as I listen to it more
|4.0 excellent||Jonathan Shannon (Astrel) | May 4th 09|
Besides blatantly ripping off Jeff Magnum, this is probably the most tolerable and least self-absorbed album this band has made thus far. Good job guys...-ish.
|4.0 excellent||Scott Smith | April 21st 09|
It's still mwY just a little more overly religious.
And if you have knowticed anything about the bands progression, this is their next natural step they would end up taking.
Accept this for what it is and enjoy it like they made it just for you
|5.0 classic||Ilia Kole | April 21st 09|
Took me a few (well actually it was two) listens to really appreciate this album, but I'm addicted already. OH HAI
|0.0 ||Adam Thomas STAFF | April 20th 09|
How the hell does one go from Brother, Sister to this? Seriously, brah, I'm not feelin' it.
Edit: I recant. Good shit.
|4.0 excellent||msm008 | February 11th 14|
|4.0 excellent||artine | December 17th 13|
|3.5 great||sicrvat | December 10th 13|
|4.0 excellent||dedex | November 26th 13|
|4.5 superb||Samus27 | November 20th 13|
|4.0 excellent||arthen | November 14th 13|
|3.5 great||ADR | November 9th 13|
|2.0 poor||Seraph | October 13th 13|
|3.0 good||oneups | September 25th 13|
|3.0 good||Hogan CONTRIBUTOR | August 7th 13|
|5.0 classic||Ryan | July 13th 13|
|4.0 excellent||Eswin17 | February 10th 13|
|4.0 excellent||Nrap | December 18th 12|
|3.5 great||Cminor7 | November 29th 12|
|3.5 great||Jamdbz | November 2nd 12|
|3.5 great||Mojito | September 27th 12|
|4.5 superb||GB7 | September 20th 12|
|4.0 excellent||cb123 | September 12th 12|
|3.5 great||Sean Mc | September 1st 12|
|4.5 superb||Sieg | August 25th 12|
|4.0 excellent||xevman | June 19th 12|
|3.0 good||Rail | May 19th 12|
|3.5 great||Skoj | May 13th 12|
|3.5 great||Dev518 | April 30th 12|
|4.0 excellent||Othcar | April 5th 12|
|3.5 great||Tupik | March 10th 12|
|4.0 excellent||dragon01 | February 13th 12|
|4.5 superb||DgDeBx | February 12th 12|
|3.5 great||jatts7 | February 3rd 12|
|3.5 great||Vyndax | February 2nd 12|
|3.5 great||mttgry | January 18th 12|
|3.5 great||G.M.B. | January 10th 12|
|4.0 excellent||maciej | January 8th 12|
|4.0 excellent||jorsh | January 7th 12|
|3.0 good||Troggy | January 4th 12|
|4.0 excellent||Chris | December 30th 11|
|2.5 average||Jen | December 29th 11|
|4.0 excellent||KUBT | December 11th 11|
|4.5 superb||Jimothy | November 13th 11|
|4.0 excellent||ll.ogan | September 17th 11|
|3.5 great||PacM4n | September 14th 11|
|2.0 poor||true | August 14th 11|
|4.5 superb||ZBJE | June 25th 11|
|3.5 great||Jamper | June 23rd 11|
|4.0 excellent||mvood | May 24th 11|
|4.0 excellent||Rowdy | May 12th 11|
|4.0 excellent||Narshh | April 25th 11|
|3.5 great||RCKilm | April 5th 11|
|4.0 excellent||Good | March 23rd 11|
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|4.5 superb||sabella | February 16th 11|
|3.5 great||WLuke | January 11th 11|
|3.5 great||tcat84 | January 7th 11|
|3.0 good||-1up!- | December 28th 10|
|4.5 superb||c0ffee | December 16th 10|
|3.5 great||Kane | December 14th 10|
|4.5 superb||tombomb | December 14th 10|
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|4.5 superb||P2008J | November 19th 10|
|3.0 good||ti0n | November 19th 10|
|4.0 excellent||Bill | November 3rd 10|
|5.0 classic||MRxT | November 2nd 10|
|3.5 great||Thane | October 25th 10|
|4.5 superb||BluRain | October 15th 10|
|4.0 excellent||Oafdog | October 6th 10|
|4.0 excellent||gafel | September 28th 10|
|4.5 superb||thawey | September 26th 10|
|4.5 superb||DeskmaN | September 22nd 10|
|4.5 superb||Quinn | September 21st 10|
|3.5 great||fsharp | September 21st 10|
|4.0 excellent||koshnov | September 3rd 10|
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|3.0 good||DayMan | August 25th 10|
|4.0 excellent||1zero | August 22nd 10|
|3.0 good||Dan H. CONTRIBUTOR | August 21st 10|
|3.5 great||Danny | August 7th 10|
|3.5 great||Motiv3 | August 5th 10|
|4.0 excellent||richerd | July 28th 10|
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|4.0 excellent||James | July 7th 10|
|4.0 excellent||Isoas | June 30th 10|
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|3.0 good||Thef | May 13th 10|
|4.5 superb||Valle | April 26th 10|
|3.0 good||risbo | April 22nd 10|
|4.0 excellent||nesbic | April 14th 10|
|5.0 classic||Banion | March 31st 10|
|5.0 classic||Keilo | March 26th 10|
|4.5 superb||geno | March 18th 10|
|3.0 good||C.F. | March 4th 10|
|4.5 superb||crownx | March 3rd 10|
|4.0 excellent||MrChuck | February 15th 10|
|3.5 great||philm | February 7th 10|
|4.0 excellent||Tyler | January 23rd 10|
|5.0 classic||BenX02 | December 27th 09|
|4.0 excellent||Jips | December 2nd 09|
|4.0 excellent||David K. | November 25th 09|
|2.5 average||lobby | November 17th 09|
|3.5 great||Leica | November 15th 09|
|3.5 great||saad | September 29th 09|
|4.0 excellent||DoOrDie | September 23rd 09|
|3.0 good||rannz | September 15th 09|
|3.5 great||elshek | September 11th 09|
|3.5 great||Nicole | September 9th 09|
|3.5 great||jasushi | September 4th 09|
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|3.5 great||blabony | September 1st 09|
|3.5 great||TMobotron CONTRIBUTOR | August 27th 09|
|4.5 superb||gaz | August 24th 09|
|4.0 excellent||thomas3 | August 9th 09|
|4.5 superb||Blokus | July 31st 09|
|3.5 great||brohan | July 29th 09|
|3.5 great||soma | July 24th 09|
|4.5 superb||James | July 7th 09|
|3.0 good||max13 | July 4th 09|
|5.0 classic||jgowld | July 4th 09|
|4.5 superb||Smooz | June 29th 09|
|3.0 good||doug | June 23rd 09|
|4.0 excellent||dredq | June 17th 09|
|4.5 superb||Senate | June 14th 09|
|4.5 superb||Bosn | June 14th 09|
|3.0 good||Andy | June 14th 09|
|4.0 excellent||mwYfan | June 8th 09|
|4.0 excellent||pettri | June 3rd 09|
|4.5 superb||benhxc | May 30th 09|
|4.5 superb||Arwi | May 29th 09|
|4.5 superb||luket | May 27th 09|
|2.5 average||Photon | May 23rd 09|
|3.5 great||Alex | May 23rd 09|
|3.0 good||Rob | May 22nd 09|
|3.5 great||zach | May 19th 09|
|3.0 good||wma | May 16th 09|
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|2.5 average||Tom | May 8th 09|
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|4.5 superb||alex | April 21st 09|
|4.0 excellent||Chris | April 21st 09|
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