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|5.0 classic||xGoliath | November 30th 11|
Superb album, excellent showcase in pop music, and how to do it effectively with real talent. This is a band that deserves the mainstream acceptance they should get. This may not be the most creative music ever, but the way it is utilized and how strongly each element/song is executed is flawless. Recommended to the highest degree.
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|4.0 excellent||Shadester9 | November 15th 11|
Not as good as Masterpiece Theatre, but certainly some very strong tracks on here. Ever
After (song) is some of their best work and Stutter and Toy Soldiers are hard to deny.
EDIT: Damn is it a grower.
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|2.5 average||MeetMeAtBarItalia | July 13th 16|
This is a true disappointment for me. Masterpiece Theatre is a heartfelt gem, and so is their next album Astoria, but Ever After just is not on the same league. It sounds like a Marianas Trench record but doesn't feel like one, it feels more manufactured than personal, and that's a problem when a pop songwriter like Josh Ramsay is all about the emotions he's trying to convey. His vocal performance is awesome here as well, but he doesn't have remotely anything of substance to sing. The lyrics on this are painfully on-the-nose with the tired fairytale allegories and countless variations on the same "I don't want to lose you" situation : it is like Ever After never acknowledges that it is supposed to tell a story. Plus the possessive endeavors that the narrator shows here are asinine and get on my nerves because they constantly reappear without as many hints of nuance or evolution as I would like to see from a concept album. Ramsay has manage his way to enough great hooks to make the music fairly enjoyable, but never had his songwriting been so influenced by trends, as seen on the gimmicky "By Now" and "Toy Soldiers". Even highlights like the infectious "Desperate Measures" and the beautiful "Porcelain" have their more accomplished counterpoints on Masterpiece Theater, while the poppier sound just feels much more full and expansive on Astoria. Ever After saddens me because it is an average pop record from a far-above-average pop band. Still, the title track is really damn great here.
|2.5 average||alextheantichrist | December 2nd 11|
Haven't Had Enough Seems good even though it slightly sort of sounds like California Gurls. The vocalist for the band is amazing but repeating words kind of sounds stupid. I bit disappointed with the direction that they went to but in some aspects, I got something out of this like fallout but then again it kind of sounds like all their other ballads. This is just average to me.
|4.0 excellent||JNavs | February 21st 16|
|4.0 excellent||Mhiko4 | October 26th 15|
|3.5 great||Lasseg | October 23rd 15|
|4.0 excellent||krhea | December 2nd 14|
|3.0 good||Ian | June 14th 14|
|2.0 poor||Diachy | August 13th 13|
|4.5 superb||mew151 | May 28th 13|
|4.5 superb||Noteros | February 15th 13|
|3.5 great||Hoppip | December 24th 12|
|3.5 great||Kronzo | December 6th 12|
|4.0 excellent||skoopy48 | November 22nd 12|
|4.0 excellent||cm7com | September 30th 12|
|4.5 superb||ryanX | August 29th 12|
|4.5 superb||TH3FU | June 3rd 12|
|4.0 excellent||Davey Boy STAFF | December 28th 11|
|4.0 excellent||lars4205 | December 18th 11|
|3.5 great||AdamK | December 9th 11|
|5.0 classic||Krys | December 3rd 11|
|5.0 classic||JACL022 | November 23rd 11|
|2.0 poor||DinoX | November 23rd 11|
|2.0 poor||Scoot | November 23rd 11|
|4.5 superb||Vyndax | November 21st 11|
|4.0 excellent||omegasis | November 21st 11|
|2.5 average||mrnic3 | November 17th 11|
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