Girlpool
Before the World Was Big


5.0
classic

Review

by iarescientists USER (29 Reviews)
June 5th, 2015 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Do you feel restless when you realize you're alive?

*Ace Ventura voice* Do not go in there!

Our hero inches closer to the edge of the dirt and gazes yonder into the calm, subdued waters of the GIRLPOOL.

I don't believe in A god. god is a concept pieced together by ancient societies to instill moral values and fear into the hearts of the amoral and weak. A composite celestial being. I also don't believe in HP Lovecraft's depictions of THE ANCIENT ONES, but I fear and revere them more than any composite human god.

The mind is filled with fear and sadness. Fear of dying, and the inherent sadness of existing when some other sad soul could have easily existed in your place. This fear and sadness coalesce into an internal drive. To be something; to make something of yourself; to ensure that your existence is inherently validated; to get your life validated by the parking lot guy outside of Legal Sea Foods.

All of this to say that these are not new thoughts. These are thoughts that were thought and argued and discussed. We have all felt these thoughts and we have considered them. But even if we had the time to think about these for a second and push them to the back of our minds, up stroll two sad minstrels to the town square, a guitar and a bass to the each of them, and they start performing.

The absence of a drum kit, which represents the pulsing, forward moving kick of life leaves the songs in an odd dust of sadness & revelation. The drooping, plodding bass sets the mood and the guitar either broods along or dances around in a macabre, somber routine. The vocals intertwine, harmonize, and ultimately bounce off of each other to generate a void of being.

Everything is unsettling and displacing, but the lyrics drive home the feeling of isolation. It's oddly comforting. Ruminations on the quirks of existing and being, even after an old friend has been dispatched into the void are feats of strength in a world always trying to delay the inevitable.



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Alastor
June 5th 2015


2147 Comments


nice. if only the actual music would be more like your review.

LotusFlower
June 5th 2015


12000 Comments


I couldnt tell you what it is, but something about the vocalists makes this really hard to listen to.

iarescientists
June 5th 2015


5865 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

maybe it is your inevitable death looming over you?

YakNips
June 5th 2015


19987 Comments


good review

i will not listen to this

Supercoolguy64
June 5th 2015


9756 Comments


great rev
might check this out since nobody else wants to

Digging: The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow

LotusFlower
June 5th 2015


12000 Comments


No, more so that the vocalists have some weird , subtle screech that makes everyone so damn grating.

klap
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2015


12329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

full rowat

YetAnotherBrick
June 5th 2015


6691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very nice review. makes me wanna listen to the album more than if you'd described it in a more conventional way.

helpoemer420
June 5th 2015


188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good stuff, girlpool are cool

oodlesofnoodles
June 5th 2015


66 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow. I did not get any of that from this haha

YakNips
June 6th 2015


19987 Comments


does anyone realize this review is seriously exceptional though

hal1ax
June 7th 2015


14712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yes i am picking cherries, i have a hard time staying clean

EaglesBecomeVultures
June 24th 2015


5545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck

AmericanFlagAsh
December 12th 2015


9929 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hmmmm

Digging: Roisin Murphy - Roisin Machine

brandontaylor
February 26th 2017


963 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album was annoying and endearing at the same time, but it was a net positive experience

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2020


19507 Comments


the npr tiny desk rendition of the title track rules

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2020


19507 Comments


zach savage the visionary



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