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The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


5.0
classic

Review

by Channing Freeman EMERITUS
August 31st, 2011 | 21457 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Settle, baby.

I barely hear it anymore.

No matter how much time passes between listens, The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me rarely sounds new or fresh. I can't remember what it used to mean to me and I don't know what it means to me now. I don't scream along to it like I did a few years ago after my friend was killed in a car accident and I don't listen to it nightly like I did when I sorted mail in a plant from midnight to eight in the morning, the music drowning out the clanking of the machinery and the droning of the forklifts. Press the button, the reservoir tips, the mail falls out. The band plays, Jesse sings, the album ends. Press the button again. Press play again.

Now when I listen to this, I find myself simply waiting for the moment when everything becomes clear. The moment that takes me back to the connection with this music that used to be so important to me. I just already know everything that's going to happen. The words and riffs are ingrained in my head so deeply that they'll never be removed. But that moment – the one that takes me back – always comes, and never at the same time. Sometimes it's the opening of “Luca”, sometimes it's the bridge of “Not The Sun”, sometimes it's the second verse of “You Won't Know”. The specific moment isn't as important as the fact that the moment has happened. In that moment I feel all the emotions that this album has ever made me feel, all at once and very briefly. Without fail, it's just what I need.

There is such monotony in my life. Every day is the same. I go through the motions and I wait and wait for something different and I wonder if nothing happens because I don't make it happen. There is nothing hard about my life and nothing to complain about except my own discontentment. I feel like I'd know what I want if I could only see it but in reality I would probably keep walking without a second glance. It's why this record still occupies a place deep inside of me. It can grab me and shake me and wake me up for a microscopic second and bid me to take a good look at my surroundings and make something happen. Maybe one day I will.

That's more than any other album has done for me. Emotional connections are generally just there; they are not seen as facts to be inspected but as experiences that make you feel things automatically. There are hundreds of albums to which I am connected in unique ways but this is the only one that asks me big questions, expects big answers, and does not hold it against me when I come up with the same old pile of bullshit that I always do. As I said, I can't remember what it used to mean to me. But I know it sure as hell didn't mean this much.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2011


58133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

It went up to a 4.5?

Sweet Jesus

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FromDaHood
September 1st 2011


9112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What happened to your other review? The one that brought me (and others) to the site in the first place?

WashboardSuds
September 1st 2011


5101 Comments


I found out I really like this album

Irving
Emeritus
September 1st 2011


7498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i had it deleted



wut.

psykonaut
September 1st 2011


3913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what why how what

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2011


21542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

chan let's run away together

Jozh
September 1st 2011


610 Comments


:o

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2011


31840 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh my god the summary lol

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2011


31840 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

(for the purists)

WeepingBanana
September 1st 2011


11013 Comments


i whole lotta love this review

kanecooper
September 1st 2011


630 Comments


i haven't listened to this in a couple of years and i simply do not want to

i'm not even sure whether i like or dislike this

there is just no desire

good memories of listening every day and night though

back when

and then



WashboardSuds
September 1st 2011


5101 Comments


I can really relate to this review

WashboardSuds
September 1st 2011


5101 Comments


not for this album, though

zxlkho
September 1st 2011


3491 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I really really liked the other review.

Sowing
Moderator
September 1st 2011


39127 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

There are hundreds of albums with which I am connected to in unique ways but this is the only one that asks me big questions, expects big answers, and does not hold it against me when I come up with the same old pile of bullshit that I always do.



This is exactly how I feel too.



I'm kind of sad to see the old review go because that was what got me into this site to begin with...but this is a pretty nice update. It kind of does justice to the album's timeless qualities (even if it skimps on describing the music, but we have so many reviews of this I doubt that's a problem). That last paragraph is gold.

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2011


31840 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah but that was a review of ab:life

Eko
September 1st 2011


2118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I liked your old review but I like this one too I guess.

talkshows
September 1st 2011


43 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like this review better, it's how I feel about this album. Great review.

Parallels
September 1st 2011


9531 Comments


its a brand new review, get it?

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Sowing
Moderator
September 1st 2011


39127 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ugh...lol



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