Pianos Become the Teeth
Keep You


3.0
good

Review

by iswimfast USER (31 Reviews)
November 12th, 2015 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Its intent is decidedly bold, but sometimes overshoots its bounds.

Spending their early career straddling the line between sentimentality and ferocity, Pianos Become the Teeth has always dabbled with sonic ideas, intertwining post rock melodies with screamo fundamentals as it has searched for its defining sound. Pianos has never been the most original band but the execution was clearly there, with their The Lack Long After marrying the two spectrums seamlessly and effectively. That album’s closer 'I’ll Get By' succinctly hinted at other potential avenues to be explored, avenues embraced on their latest offering, Keep You.

Stripping away the screams and opting instead for a brittle, clean delivery, Pianos throws quite the curveball. It’s emotionally dense alternative rock, rife with the constricting song structures and calculated dumbing-down that come with the genre. While you couldn’t describe their music as run of the mill before, this rule set unfortunately proves to be a particular hurdle as Pianos struggles to decide which ideas to inherit and which to leave by the wayside. Opener 'Ripple Water Shine' flounders under the weight of an overly repetitive chorus that blends harshly with the rest of the song, the band never differentiating one part from the rest and resulting in a ponderously monotone affair. Conversely, 'Repine' uses the genre’s strength to its advantage, accompanying the soaring refrain of “your wick won’t burn away” with a crescendo of a climax that would make There Will Be Fireworks proud.

It’s in these post-rock moments that Pianos’ songwriting ability still shines brightest, especially when it allows the sounds to ignore any restrictions. The momentum built on 'Old Jaw' explodes outward in the bridge, and it is the only moment that really echoes Pianos’ past. The vocals strain and the guitars roar, and it sounds momentous. Yet the band reins this in elsewhere, oscillating between sorta-disinterested and kinda-upset. Keep You’s production follows suit, placing the guitar and drums in a tight box, muted and held tight. While dulling any too-sharp edges it dulls the band’s personality as well. The result is a give and take, with certain moments thriving in this new approach while others crumble without the room to breathe.

Keep You is a daring record, but it’s not adventurous enough to separate itself from the pack. Pianos strove to differentiate themselves from the past and in the effort forgot to bring enough of its personality along for the ride. 'The Queen' and 'Lesions' rise to the occasion and unwind under the weight of the catharsis, yet when those same restraints are applied to 'Traces' and 'April', the songs suffocate. As a whole the leap works, allowing the band to reinvent itself, but Keep You isn’t perfect. Its intent is decidedly bold, but sometimes overshoots its bounds.



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iswimfast
November 12th 2015


1526 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Over the next few days I'm going to slowly move some reviews that were taken down from a website I used to write for in order to make a portfolio here. They are older and not particularly relevant, so feel free to ignore. Or comment/critque, whatever.

I'll observe the one review on the front page rule.

Thanks friends.

Slex
November 12th 2015


16223 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

April is stupendous and breaks my heart everytime. This is one of the best albums lyrically that I own

Butkuiss
November 12th 2015


6505 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This started out as the hardest 2.5 I've ever given and grew to one of the biggest 5s.

Hopelust
November 12th 2015


3600 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wish more people would come to that conclusion, Butkuiss.

DungeonBoy
November 12th 2015


9658 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wouldn't give it a 5, but definitely a huge grower for me. It might have started out as a 3 for me, but now it's up to a 4.

rufinthefury
November 12th 2015


3943 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've listened to this album like 7 times and everytime it's good to great but never anything more. Honestly I might move my rating to just a 3.

alienobserver
November 12th 2015


4497 Comments


April is stupendous and breaks my heart everytime.[2]

PumpBoffBag
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2015


1435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really dig these guys. decent review, I hope it's of a higher quality than this though

Butkuiss
November 13th 2015


6505 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nah you gotta dump the love of your life because you don't want kids and she does and then fall into a massive drug habit for six months, get blackout drunk and overdose by accident while listening to this album every day for it to have its full effect tbh. It's a process.

Futures
November 13th 2015


10029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

def one of the best albums to come out of the emo revival garbage scene

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2015


47482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Goddamn butkuiss

Snake.
November 13th 2015


25187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but this isn't emo revival

Futures
November 13th 2015


10029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well it's more 90s influenced obviously but it is emo.

Futures
November 13th 2015


10029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just because it's not shitty pop punk doesn't mean it's not emo revival

Hopelust
November 13th 2015


3600 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Who gives a shit if it's emo or not. It's fucking good.

Futures
November 13th 2015


10029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ok

alienobserver
November 13th 2015


4497 Comments


this vs dealer who wins
(this imo)

rufinthefury
November 13th 2015


3943 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

easily Dealer.

alienobserver
November 13th 2015


4497 Comments


need to bump my rating

Futures
November 13th 2015


10029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

def



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