Snowmine
Dialects


3.5
great

Review

by Frank - the rater of 3.5 USER (14 Reviews)
February 8th, 2014 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'm starting to think that I might look back at this later on and think to myself that this was a great album but nonetheless a forgetable one.

Let's start off by saying that I'm having a hard time pinpointing what to think about this album. I want to stay away from comparing it to Laminate Pet Animal too much. But it's hard seeing as I don't really know what else to compare this to. Since I enjoyed Laminte Pet Animal quite a lot I had somewhat high expectations on this, taking in account all that "the second album is the hardest"-bull***. Not to say I'm dissappointed but I had higher expectations.

Dialects begins with a mellow and nice crossover between intro and a real song that leads into the opening track "Rome" that reassures us listeners that the airy guitars, the tasty song melodies and catchy choruses from Laminate Pet Animal are still there. Besides the opening riff in this song makes me think about The War on Drugs - Baby Missiles. That I like. Next up is "Columbus" that shows us that indie-pop-rock-ish stuff can be everything but boring with lovely string arrangements and a atmosphere almost out if this world. These tracks are the, in my book, best two tracks from this together with the two closing tracks. Especially "Silver Sieve" which ends in a superb way.

This is a bit more rock-y and a little less bit "out there" than Laminate Pet Animal which means that Dialects might overall come off as more focused and more structured than Laminate Pet Animal, which is both a good and a bad thing. Seeing as the best tracks from Laminate Pet Animal were the more focused ones even though what made that album memorable was the fun and unexpected turns as in songs like "Hologram". There are less of these turns here and more tracks that resemble the likes of "Let me in". There's also quite a bit of filler on here that could've easily been left out such as instrumental track "Safety in a Open Mind" and one or two of the forgetable tracks in the middle part preferably "Glide" and/or "You want Everything" that doesn't really bring anything interresting, fun or new to the table.

One of my favourite things about this is the fact that there's always something going on behind the scenes. The drums spices things up with great fills and structures. Bass is surely a highlight that never cease to amaze with unexpected turns and milfy fills. Together with vocals that are really cozy, imagine falsettos that are not vulgar, this sums up as a great cd, even though outshined by their previous effort.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Sniff
February 8th 2014


8092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Plz make me aware that my engrish is terribre

Sowing
Moderator
February 8th 2014


43997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

THIS IS OUT??? THIS IS OUT!!! I FORGOT FUCK FUCK FUCK



Edit: It's okay, I'm dl'ing now and listening the rest of the day

Sniff
February 8th 2014


8092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

You've got 4 days worth of listening to catch up on.

Sowing
Moderator
February 8th 2014


43997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Already 2 tracks in and loving it. I'll get back to you on the rating. Lovely review and props for getting this posted to remind slouching emerituses (emeriti?) like me that this is out.

mindleviticus
February 8th 2014


10521 Comments


need to get

Azn.
February 8th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im probably gonna drop a review too



I like this but still prefer laminate

Sowing
Moderator
February 8th 2014


43997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

From what I've heard one full listen in, they're both great records but laminate is a 4.5 and dialects is maybe a 4.

Azn.
February 8th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agreed

JS19
February 8th 2014


7777 Comments


Yeah I like their first more but this is fun

wacknizzle
February 8th 2014


14555 Comments


Sweet, didn't know they had a new album coming out, dl'ing now

Sauce
February 8th 2014


930 Comments


probably at the expense of cohesiveness, a lot of parts in laminate pet animal come off as deliberately playful, while this is more atmospheric and continuous. i think this album is more of a grower than LPA since it's more uniform throughout.

Sauce
February 8th 2014


930 Comments


i would disagree that this album is the more "fun" of the two (there's no beating "the hill" in terms of a whimsical sound), but it's not like being fun is the only determinant of good music, needless to say.

Sowing
Moderator
February 9th 2014


43997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think penny is one of their catchiest songs and there's nothing like that on here, but songs like that would have no place on a record like this anyway

Azn.
February 9th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^^

Sowing
Moderator
February 9th 2014


43997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm thinking of reviewing this but I'm not sure if I'll have the time. Plus I agree with a lot of what this review said, I'd just want to expand on a few ideas of my own.

Sniff
February 10th 2014


8092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Go ahead. It will for sure be a good read.

sKiiTs8
August 30th 2014


1 Comments


I personally thought "You Want Everything" was the highlight. A beautiful track. Good review though.



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