Weyes Blood
Front Row Seat To Earth


4.5
superb

Review

by psandy USER (13 Reviews)
October 21st, 2016 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Front and center...

“Do you need me the way I need you?” Natalie Mering repeats over a dense wall of harmony with exuberant clarity. By now, she has a profound knack for echoing the intensity of her tracks with her voice. She is quick to adapt to her sonic surroundings; on Front Row Seat to Earth, she sounds more in her element than she ever has. Natalie has an uncanny ability to seamlessly shift from vulnerable to earth-shatteringly confident in a matter of seconds. She is constantly cognizant of the feelings she wishes to convey, as is apparent in the calculated intricacies of the crescendoing composition ‘Used to Be.’

‘Be Free’ begins with the sounds of children playing, and goes on to progress into a simultaneously ethereal and down to earth tune. “How do I get through to you?” she laments, as instruments add and subtract beneath the backdrop of her piercing vocal delivery. Halfway through, she conforms her voice to the melody, before abruptly shifting to a sparse combination of acoustic guitar and vocals. This is a clear indication of Natalie’s emotional keenness, a facet of her character that is obvious throughout the record.

The languid, short lived Wilson-esque harmonies at the front of ‘Generation Why’ incite an intense longing consistent with Natalie’s expressed desire for self-actualization. These harmonies see their resurgence in abundance as they are gently phased through the string-and-vocal track ‘Can’t Go Home.’ These compelling undertakings are coyly employed throughout the record, rewarding the patient listener. Another notable example is towards the tail end of the record on ‘Away Above.’ Here, Natalie enlists the services of a slowly crescendoing bassline whose influence eventually becomes thunderous.

Sonically, this is easily her most ambitious work to date. At times, Natalie employs lush instrumentation and baroque elements that would make Victoria LeGrand proud. This experimentation is employed such that she is not lending herself entirely to indulgence; it is clear that her artistic intentions still lie within folk music. Additionally, it’s safe to assume that no one involved in the mixing and mastering of this record will be chastised for lack of clarity. These songs are teeming with honesty, and their outward lucidity is held responsible for delivering the messages they carry.

The listener is able to derive from Front Row Seat to the Earth a tangible poignancy; it seems as though Natalie’s words rest somewhere equidistant between her heart and our ears. It’s a closeness that has always been apparent in her music, and it doesn’t suffer because of the record’s increased complexity. Conversely, it serves to further the emotional intensity of the album as a whole, thereby emphasizing Natalie’s artistic maturity. Natalie Mering has proven herself through her impassioned ballads, and Front Row Seat to Earth is a testament to this fact.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
psandy
October 21st 2016


280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

https://open.spotify.com/album/5priHeMXIoEdSy731w0Zfe stream here folks. This is a truly beautiful and hypnotic record.

Asdfp277
October 21st 2016


22139 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that artwork is gorgeous

Papa Universe
October 30th 2016


22505 Comments


If heaven exists, this album is the gateway.

brandontaylor
November 11th 2016


917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed about the artwork being gorgeous, and so is the album. one of my favourites of the year so far.

Jasdevi087
December 7th 2016


6013 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

keep coming back to this cause her voice is gorgeous

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budgie
August 25th 2017


18357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's so goddamn perfect

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budgie
October 22nd 2017


18357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this record really needs some serious exposure. super classy and replayable

budgie
February 18th 2018


18357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

these seven words is beauuuuuuuutiful

budgie
January 24th 2019


18357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

new album soon/!??!?!

Ashtiel
February 11th 2019


928 Comments


titanic rising, april 5th

luci
March 28th 2019


12330 Comments


new one streaming on NPR

SandwichBubble
March 28th 2019


11224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I still haven't gotten around to this, but apparently her newest is amazing or something. Gotta spin.

luci
March 28th 2019


12330 Comments


this is 3.5 af as you can tell from the bar graph. interested to see how much she improved

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
March 28th 2019


9424 Comments


New one is very good, haven't heard this either

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theBoneyKing
March 28th 2019


18550 Comments


Rym’s freaking out over the new one so will definitely check it out.

luci
March 28th 2019


12330 Comments


screams "aoty so far" and i'm only on track 3

budgie
March 28th 2019


18357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oooh it's out? fuck yeah

anatelier
March 28th 2019


3196 Comments


it drops off a bit after movies imo but everything up to then is grand

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luci
April 6th 2019


12330 Comments


finding this more digestible after hearing the follow-up, 4/5. "used to be" and "away above" are especially great

budgie
April 6th 2019


18357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hell yeah! i am so confused why this record got seemingly glossed over



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