Iceage
Plowing into the Field of Love


3.7
great

Review

by GnarlyShillelagh EMERITUS
October 8th, 2014 | 114 replies


Release Date: 10/06/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Brrrrr

It’s almost staggering how much can change in just a short year. Since their sophomore effort You’re Nothing last year, the Scandinavian youngins of Iceage seem to have succumbed to a musical puberty, almost uniformly jettisoning the coarse hardcore edge that had colored their first two breakneck albums in favor of a more mature art-punk overhaul for their third LP Plowing Into the Field of Love. The group has revamped their sound, tightening song structures into more focused pieces, and introducing a litany of unprecedented instruments and styles, from the lechery-soaked hoedown of “The Lord’s Favorite One” to the forlorn lilt of “Against the Moon’”s twinkling piano and gaslight noir jazz club undertow. That isn’t to say that the visceral hallmarks of the band that made the group so interesting are gone – they’ve just been enhanced. The cacophonies of crushing guitars and crashing drums are still littered all over the album, they’ve simply been augmented by the arrival of horns, strings, keys, and melodies, all melting together to make Plowing gorgeous from a songwriting standpoint. “Stay” is a dizzying mess of pain, featuring a deafening thunder of drums and blistering guitars as its chorus, punctuated by curt, angular plucks of a viola, while “Simony” is a glorious crescendo of straight-up punk, but done with a newfound finesse and dazzling melody.

Though they’ve matured on nearly all fronts, the one piece of Iceage that has taken a step back from previous efforts is frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s vocals. Previously a balefire of frustration and anguish, scorching the proverbial plains with unyielding ferocity, Rønnenfelt, in step with his bandmates, has explored the vocal world of melody, albeit to more meager success. The melodious tinge is often well executed and is a more-than-welcome addition to the group’s sound, but the hardcore verve that once colored his voice has been replaced with faux-emotional voice cracking so discordant that it on occasion makes songs almost unbearable. It’s not that there’s no emotion – look to album highlight “Glassy Eyed, Dormant and Veiled,” for a debilitated Rønnenfelt crying genuinely for ‘the love you never gave’ amidst clamorous chords and a clean sax – it’s just that the style is so unrefined that it often sounds insincere. Nevertheless, the maturity of the record and the band’s sonic remodeling mark Plowing Into the Field of Love as Iceage’s greatest achievement to date, and with such a young lineup, the album is a promise of only greater feats and, perhaps more importantly, longevity in the future.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
GnarlyShillelagh
Emeritus
October 8th 2014


6386 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Buying a good summary

ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2014


4408 Comments


Aziz reviewing punk? Sold.

klap
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2014


11756 Comments


wow who knew he still wrote for this site

Damus
October 8th 2014


555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

edited because I like this a lot now

Athom
Emeritus
October 8th 2014


17241 Comments


This is basically The Men album I've always wanted

jtswope
October 8th 2014


5655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love these guys. Interesting way to follow up You're Nothing, which was an awesome album.

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2014


8452 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

probably the only person who doesn't like this album, new brigade and you're nothing are far better

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clander270
October 9th 2014


381 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this album just as much as their previous. I guess his vocal style is either on this album is something you either like or you don't, I thought it fit the sound great

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2014


32190 Comments


Buying a good summary


- GucciShillelagh

Damus
October 9th 2014


555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

it's still really good...

Damus
October 9th 2014


555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"This is basically The Men album I've always wanted"



LOL yup.

BMDrummer
October 9th 2014


14027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

oltna told me to jam this

Funeralopolis
October 9th 2014


14079 Comments


If I hated 'You're Nothing' but liked their debut and love 'Leave Home' by The Men would I like this?

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Meruem
October 9th 2014


18 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This record is top level art

ti0n
October 9th 2014


1769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

whatever the fuck "The Men" is. but give it a try ,"youre nothing" is my least fav too. and this is #1

Chortles
October 9th 2014


20836 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love this band, gotta hear this

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Phlegm
October 9th 2014


7241 Comments


gotta check this ishj

EnyaFangirl
October 9th 2014


1568 Comments


You're Nothing rules. Dunno what ya be talking about. I think I like all their albums equally though (they're all 4's, at the very least)

EaglesBecomeVultures
October 9th 2014


5504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album is incredible

amanwithahammer
October 10th 2014


585 Comments


Just came here to reference Gucci Mane, but I was burrrt to it



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