Above the Graves


1.5
very poor

Review

by Ponds USER (3 Reviews)
February 5th, 2012 | 188 replies


Release Date: | Tracklist

Review Summary: The cat must die.

Although it greatly pains me to say this, there is no other way. This album, is quite simply, bad. Although this may seem harsh, and straight to the point, it is this exact honesty that the young Joey Brown really needs. For someone that has his love, and passion for music to continue to be deluded into thinking the songs he is making are good would be near criminal. Instead he needs a big slap in the face and a 'Hey what are you doing man?' Yet that is where the first problem lies, in the terminology of the word 'music.' Allow me to elaborate.

What Above the Graves does here, is not music in any way, shape, or form, other than the fact it is broken up into songs whilst using various musical instruments. The chords seem awry, one instrument is out of touch with the next, and all the ambient sounds don't create an ether at all, they merely clutter up an already confusing piece of instrumentation. At times it seems as though AtG has the slightest idea of what he is doing, creating haunting, fleeting melodies that strike the listener instantly. However, the approximate time that the music clicks in minutes is lower than the rating of this album.

Strange, industrial noises litter the album (more like abomination) leaving footprints of indiscernible meaning. When trying to make a concept album, one with feel and thought put behind it, the overall ideologies should be just accessible enough that the listener can, over time, gather the full message. There are two problems here, regarding Joe's self-titled album.

1. Firstly, it is not interesting or engaging enough to achieve said multiple plays.
2. It seems to me that there is no hidden meaning, just layer upon layer of noises in an attempt to replicate some form of music structure


The sound of all the instruments included within this album is quite abysmal. Although AtG gets a fairly clean tone on all of his tracks - one that could not be obtained if a fairly high quality keyboard was used in a computers steed - it is marred and masked by the sheer production sound that accompanies everything else. The instruments sound so computer-generated (obviously they are) that it is quite sickening to listening to. A simple conversion tool may have increased the quality of each track yet this strategy was not put in place, as this album unfortunately found out. This is best portrayed at the end of the track 'Fumbling in the Dark.'

Potential is a thing so many have. Love and passion for music is something that less people have. Sheer, raw talent is something barely anybody contains anymore. To really make a breakthrough release lots of hard work needs to be put into creating it, as well as taking into account many factors. Although Above the Graves certainly has talent and an unquenchable thirst for music, he needs to buckle down his boots and start thinking long and hard about how he can combine his original ideas with the ones people suggest to him.
Perhaps then he may release an 'album that obtains a 1 before it's even written.'
But we as observers can only hope.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Ponds
February 5th 2012


18 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This isn't even a joke review, Lakes I hope you take some stuff I've said into account and really ramp up all your future projects.



Bit short but it's my first review and Sputnik recommends about 500 words.



:]

indigonowhere
Emeritus
February 5th 2012


10734 Comments


This is about as constructive as you can get, man. Very well-written indeed, and a great first review.

That album artwork!

Tyrannic
February 5th 2012


3296 Comments


see at first i thought this was that guy who wanted 30000 cds and i laughed.

then i read it, pos.

indigonowhere
Emeritus
February 5th 2012


10734 Comments


Oh god, the guy that wanted 30000 cds...

anarchistfish
February 5th 2012


28052 Comments


I kinda feel sorry for Lakes

Digging: IDK - IWASVERYBAD

FromDaHood
February 5th 2012


9112 Comments


I think it's hilarious that your name is Ponds

Shuyin
February 5th 2012


13528 Comments


kill him for making a bad album and using a kitten as the cover

Beachcoma
February 5th 2012


526 Comments


^^ lol

Shuyin
February 5th 2012


13528 Comments


one of my friends uses a program to master the sounds. he actually produces music, be ware that this program is huge and takes time to get it right, ill ask him for the name when i see him, cheers.

ShadowRemains
February 6th 2012


25131 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

lol ponds

Ire
February 6th 2012


41945 Comments


ahahaha

Ponds
February 7th 2012


18 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

thanks for the feedback

Kellerdeck
May 19th 2012


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Jesus Christ this album and band is awful. Zeitgeist was the only listenable album he EVER put out. Glad this band dissipated.

Kellerdeck
May 19th 2012


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Zeitgeist.

Kellerdeck
May 19th 2012


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

No. Not zweite. Zeitgeist.

Kellerdeck
May 19th 2012


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I've heard it..I know the guy who ran this band. He showed it to me. Not released yet.

Kellerdeck
May 19th 2012


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Might never be released.

Kellerdeck
May 19th 2012


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

You know, the dude who made this album? Are you claiming to be him? If you are, you're an imposter....

Kellerdeck
May 19th 2012


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Wow. Posing as the dude from Above The Graves. Real good job.

Kellerdeck
May 19th 2012


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

You'll never be as good as this dude. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZVF8L3YLIM



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