Balance and Composure
Acoustic


3.5
great

Review

by pmmets07 USER (36 Reviews)
April 16th, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Balance and Composure's acoustic recordings of three songs from Separation prove that, sometimes, less is more.

After trying his hand at pop punk bands and becoming jaded due to the unoriginality of the scene, singer and songwriter Jon Simmons went on to form Balance and Composure, an alternative/indie rock band from Doylestown, PA. Since the band’s inception in 2007, they have released through No Sleep Records two EPs, a split with Tigers Jaw, a full length titled Separation, and most recently an acoustic 7”. The acoustic EP features three songs from [i]Separation[/i that translate seamlessly and only further prove Balance and Composure’s competence and depth as musicians.

The two releases prior to B&C’s LP (Only Boundaries and the Tigers Jaw split) featured lyrically straight, bleeding, and passionate alternative songs akin to a Brand New with more “punch.” These eight songs solidified B&C as one of the better acts among the current insurgence of independent punk artists, as they quickly gained a following and began circulating around Tumblr. Last year, however, the release of Separation took many fans (myself included) by surprise with its fairly drastic change in sound, reminiscent of noisier, droning 90s acts such as Nirvana and Hum. Though the songwriting and instrumentation was top notch, the LP featured a more polished, airy vocal approach on most tracks, detracting from the rawness and that made the band so interesting in the first place. Luckily, the acoustic versions restore much of the band’s realness and offer a different perspective on the sound from [i]Separation[/i.

As a band with three guitarists, B&C are powerful – live, on record, and even acoustically. So, hearing the textural complexity, as demonstrated in the instrumental segments of “Stonehands,” many listeners may gain a newfound appreciation for the band’s intricacy and impressive musical organization. Simmons’ vocals sound as real as ever and the harmonies added by the other band mates only add another dimension to the already thick texture. “Separation,” though one of the weaker tracks on the full length, benefits from the natural acoustic setting, making it hard for the listener to not be enthralled by its winding vocal melodies. Hearing the band excel in such an organic environment makes it hard to deny that the production on [i]Separation[/i stifled the band’s potential, as the acoustic tracks create a much closer connection with the listener.

The precise execution and profundity of the acoustic EP’s tracks are a testament to the band’s hardworking nature. This 7” is not simply a rehashed, uninspired release meant to tempt fans with new pre-order merch-bundle options. The three tracks are as fleshed-out as their full-band counterparts, and indicate that Balance and Composure know very well what they are doing, and what they want to sound like. Those who loved [i]Separation[/i will undoubtedly be pleased with these acoustic renditions, and likewise, the fans who were disappointed in the full length may even acquire a love for the stripped down versions and ultimately venture back to give the original album recordings a second chance.



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pmmets07
April 16th 2012


5984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ugh fucked up the italics code and edit review doesn't work.



anyways, really good EP - high 3.5



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ThroneOfAgony
April 16th 2012


3485 Comments


Yeah that happened to me on my Tiesto review and couldn't do anything about it. It's really annoying though.

And good review too

accompliceofmydeath
April 16th 2012


4673 Comments


Nice! Waiting for mine to come in the mail!

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cvlts
April 16th 2012


9475 Comments


was originally going to pick this up on their seattle date but they sold out days before. sucks

pretty concise review here mang. good job

Spluger
April 16th 2012


1913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Huh, Separation is actually one of my favorite tracks from that album. Any ways, great review dude.

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pmmets07
April 16th 2012


5984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks guys. and i understand that my thoughts on Separation aren't exactly the popular opinion but

you know, wrote it from that perspective. band is so awesome live.

loveisamixtape
July 2nd 2012


7564 Comments


I feel like one of the only people that adored the production on Separation. It was powerful without being too... Obvious

haydenslame
September 11th 2012


352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bought this 7 inch not too long ago for 7 bucks. best 7 bucks ever spent?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2012


22485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Following their divisive debut LP, Pennsylvanian quintet Balance and Composure release an acoustic EP to satiate fans between albums. With all 3 tracks coming from the aforementioned 'Separation', there isn't a huge amount of risk-taking on show here, but the acoustic translations are performed proficiently. If anything, Balance and Composure's unique blurring of genre boundaries is negated a little, as is the band's emotion-packed intensity & effective quiet/loud dynamics. Thankfully, there are some deceptively nice melodies spread throughout these 11 minutes, while vocalist Jon Simmons is as passionate as ever. Recommended Tracks: More To Me.

loveisamixtape
September 18th 2012


7564 Comments


the vocal harmonies in the acoustic version of Separation are why my rating is as high as it is. I think doing an acoustic version of Stonehands is slightly underwhelming considering that song is already half tempo. I would have loved an acoustic version of progress progress or ITYAIMH

haydenslame
September 18th 2012


352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ITYAIMH is a pissed off song so it sorta depends on how they did it. I'd rather have an acoustic Defeat The Low or Fade.

loveisamixtape
September 18th 2012


7564 Comments


ITYAIMH is pissed off but it also seems grieving. There's always anger and sadness in grief, so I think it could've been interesting to see ITYAIMH from the other side of the coin. Fade would've been interesting as well.

Spec
September 18th 2012


35464 Comments


I still gotta hear this.

Spluger
September 19th 2012


1913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's pretty good but I think the acoustic version of Stonehands is pretty boring.



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