We've Been Talking



by Xenophanes STAFF
January 11th, 2011 | 15 replies

Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Enemies exist in that burgeoning sphere of bands, who somewhat sardonically scoff at the modern day post-rock scene, instead opting for a much more unfettered method of creating instrumental music. Sounding a tick like their Irish brethren, And So I Watch You From Afar, Enemies play a deceptively simplistic form of guitar-based rock, trading cascading melodies and sweeping orchestration for a down to earth, honest to goodness basic rock band sound. Perhaps this all sounds a tad paltry, as the band consists of merely four members. However, Enemies aren’t to be taken lightly, for their debut We’ve Been Talking is sure to turn heads.

We’ve Been Talking is so perfectly crafted, so wonderfully well done, that even the most capricious listens will be incredibly satisfying. That being said, if one were to delve deeper, the album would reveal itself to be something more than a novelty, something more than a pleasurable fancy. We’ve Been Talking is fantastic in that sense, for no matter how interested one is with the album, it will be a great listen nonetheless. On the surface, the album is incredibly catchy, with the math-y melodies and hammering bass and drums causing even the most disinterested listener to tap his/her feet with fervor. Looking past face value, however, the album becomes a much more musically relevant affair, with the constantly shifting time signatures and tempo changes proving to be endlessly fascinating. On paper it sounds contrived, that much is certain, but Enemies play it off with such a lax fashion, that it’s impossible not to imagine these sitting around in a garage, simply jamming whatever whimsicality comes to mind. This my friends, is what makes We’ve Been Waiting such an evocative debut, as the unbridled creativity and boundless ideas contained within make this more than a simple “guitar rock” affair.

However, “guitar rock” is such a fitting tag, because everything about this album revolves around the inter-playing guitars. The bass and drums are there for obvious necessity (and they do a rather fantastic job), but let it be known, the spotlight is sedately fixated on the two guitarists. This becomes immediately apparent with the opener, ‘Backaches & Cardigans.’ The track starts with the loopy and intermingling guitarists trading notes, and quickly it divulges into more bombastic territory, with cymbal crashes and hammering rhythmic passages taking center stage. And this is where Enemies kind of falter a bit. This very track, as wonderful as it is, sort of sets the tone for the rest of the record. They don’t really tread too far away from this pre-established format, instead sticking with it a little too comfortably. However, with nine average length tracks, We’ve Been Talking doesn’t wear out its welcome, but rather, has an absolutely wonderful, appropriate runtime.

Enemies's debut is fantastic--plain and simple. It’s grandiose, yet fantastically laid back, allowing itself to be enjoyed in a number of ways. While a little less restraint (in respect to songwriting) would have been nice, it doesn’t keep We’ve Been Talking from showing the promise of these young men. So listen up, because this is certain to get you talking.

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January 11th 2011


Great review pos
You make writting reviews look easy
pos pos pos

January 11th 2011


In an attempt to trudge through my massive backload (we all have 'em), I stumbled upon this little gem, and have been listening to it since Christmas. Awesome, awesome stuff. Check it out.

I second this word-for-word.

Your review is good... but I've noticed, I think, there's a few things you could do to spruce 'em up in general. I have a bad habit of adding things like "This my friends," and "that much is certain," into my reviews originally, too, even though they're unnecessary and don't add much to the review. They take away from it in my opinion if they're too common, so try to stay on top of that. Also, it's generally a good idea to stay away from beginning sentences with "And," and in the last paragraph "Enemies" should be possessive.

Besides that you do a good job at describing this though, hope some people check it out.

January 12th 2011


Excellent review X-Man.

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January 12th 2011


You helped me procrastinate from working on my thesis. Pos.

January 12th 2011


excellent review, pos

January 12th 2011


Again an excellent piece Xeno, keep up the good work!

January 12th 2011


Excellent review, Elijah. It's been a pleasure watching you hone your skills as a writer.

January 12th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

In the first paragraph you seem to make a case for what I think is a rather false dichotomy between post-rock and math-rock.

I also have some qualms with the second paragraph. You start off saying on the surface it's just a well-executed, catchy album, but that there's more to it when listened to more thoroughly. Fair enough point, but then the depth described by you just seems to further talk about the band's technical skill. I also don't know how "constantly shifting time signatures and tempo changes proving to be endlessly fascinating" is contrived in theory.

I dunno, the prose is fine as always, I just don't find this review to say much tbh.

January 12th 2011


Yet another release I've checked before but never taken another listen too. Thanks for brining it to my attention again Xeno, it's good.

January 14th 2011


Album Rating: 3.0

Great review man. So if I like maybeshewill, ASIWYFA and 65dos then I'll love this?

January 18th 2011


Album Rating: 3.0

This is a great little album, is it just me or does anyone else get an American Footballesque vibe from this? Some of the chord progressions and the general tone of the music strike me as very similar.

December 17th 2011


Album Rating: 4.5

Hey xeno these guys sound awesome, other than ASIWYFA, do you know of any other similar groups?

January 12th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

These Guys rock. Nag Champa is the best song on this by far. But the other stuff is great as well.

January 12th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

1 year later, my critique of this review was stupid, it's a fine review

April 4th 2016


Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Incredibly well written review. Pretty solid band. Would recommend 'Totorro' if you like these guys.

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