Pinegrove
Cardinal


4.5
superb

Review

by CoffeeEyes17 USER (5 Reviews)
February 28th, 2016 | 740 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We should forget these setbacks and get back moving again

Theres really nothing quite like discovering a new favorite record. Sifting through dozens of other artists or hearing talk of a new, up in coming talent can lead to a new artist or record to fall head over heels in love with. This is where Pinegrove, and their 2016 offering Cardinal, come into play. A relatively unknown band, now is the perfect time to get to know them and their fascinating, powerful blend of emo, alt-country, and indie rock. Make no mistake, Cardinal is going to be one of 2016s most magnificent records.

The album opens with "Old Friends", introducing us to lead singer/guitarist Evan Stephens Halls welcoming vocals riding a warm, familiar sounding melody as he muses about his hometown and getting reacquainted with some old friends. The song starts of sunny and calming, but suddenly takes a dark turn as Hall states "I saw Leah on the bus a few months ago,
I saw some old friends at her funeral". Hall steals the show with his lyrics and vocals, combining emotion and a literate vocabulary to convey his struggles and describe whats happening in his life. Its this incredibly solid and touching foundation that the rest of the band builds off of, mixing piano, drums, bass, and hints of banjo and pedal steel guitar to create a truly moving musical backdrop.

"Aphasia" is a slower track, opening with the lyrics "So satisfied I said a lot of things tonight, so long Aphasia & the ways it kept me hiding" and growing from there into an interesting gang vocal of sorts. "Aphasia" displays Halls unique vocals perfectly and also includes a wonderful atmosphere of sparse guitars and drums. "Waveform" is another slower track, a ballad of sorts showing Hall reflecting on a lover with lyrics like "In a little while I'll go unless you might wanna hang a while then I won't". Cardinal also offers up some faster paced tracks with "Then Again" and "Visiting", both being more pop-punk/rock tinged tracks that are upbeat but still as well-read as the slower tracks, the latter having an almost borderline shouted refrain of "I am out of my god damn mind and out to California!".

The final two tracks seal the deal and provide a stunning end to an already incredible, taut eight song record. "The Size Of The Moon" is a bit of a slow burn, featuring mostly vocals and guitar. Detailing a one-sided conversation of a relationship crumbling, the emotion displayed is incredible as Hall sings "Do you wanna die" Fine youre right, but I wonder what it feels like to stop feeling so alive"". If you only hear one song from this album, make it this one. "New Friends" brings everything full circle, another more upbeat track that closes the record out strongly, with Hall stating to make new friends and continue along, but still thinking about an old flame and being haunted by them. "Whats the worst that could happen"" says Hall "Its the end of the summer and I'm still in love with her". A powerful end to a powerful album, this is a record that needs to be heard. Albums like these dont come around very often and its more than deserving of your attention and love. Give it a chance, you'll be surprised. Whats the worst that could happen"


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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2016


20382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love you for writing a review on this album. totally needed one. prob gonna bump this up to a 4...

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2016


20382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh its at a 4 already cool

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2016


20382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"blend of emo, alt-country, and indie-rock"

this is exactly what I've been saying for awhile now!!

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2016


20382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sorry for spamming this review, just excited some one reviewed it lol. posd btw

Artuma
February 27th 2016


29245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

another decent band :]

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2016


20382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

are ya gonna give it a 3????

Artuma
February 27th 2016


29245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

they would probably be worth it

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2016


20382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

have ya listened to the record though?

LotusFlower
February 27th 2016


12002 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

seems like a step down from their debut tbh

Artuma
February 28th 2016


29245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"have ya listened to the record though?"



not this one

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2016


20382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

do it

MarsKid
February 29th 2016


5706 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album's pretty nice.

Pajolero
March 1st 2016


935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Goddamn this flows so well it just begs for repeated listens. Love the guitars on this too.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2016


20382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

very true. havent stopped listening since it came out

solongatlast
March 2nd 2016


307 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haven't listened to this yet, mostly because it only has five new songs.

Digging: Circle Jerks - Group Sex

MarsKid
March 2nd 2016


5706 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's pretty worth it.

Pajolero
March 2nd 2016


935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah for sure, and to be fair the re-recorded songs do sound quite different and fresh. Give it a go, solo.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2016


20382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah Size of the Moon is actually better on this album IMO

Clumseee
March 3rd 2016


753 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This record is sweet. Sweet I say.

Only weak spot is Then Again. Sticks out like a sore thumb.

Other than that though, it's groovy as heck!

MarsKid
March 8th 2016


5706 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Then Again is a fun little tune, but it definitely has a different composition/tone to it when compared to the other songs.



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