Touche Amore
Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me


4.0
excellent

Review

by ian b. USER (43 Reviews)
January 25th, 2018 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: anxiety, isolated and amplified.

In growing up we always leave certain things behind, through the traits and characteristics that barely made it through, that we mostly just look back and self-crucify in our present minds. It’s the one thing that almost any human can relate to at some point whether they want to admit it or not, but every human grows up and every human changes. Most of the time we don’t even realize it and that’s exactly what encapsulates everything Touché Amoré have been through knowingly and unknowingly. Unlike their timely “wave” counterparts, they weren’t concerned with telling a story, they weren’t concerned with keeping food on the table, they were concerned with framing their feelings in a way that they could put it all together cohesively and look back on it fondly as well as pridefully. Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me is a record that’s not necessarily concerned with the future, it’s a record concerned with getting through the day and taking the anxious characteristics of emo and stringing it out beautifully to paint a haunting picture of existential anxiety in an adolescent mind without overstaying its welcome.

Touché Amoré have also been a band that have matured quite thoughtfully in retrospect. They’ve always been a band that has acknowledged their flaws, corrected and calculated their errors, and moved on. They’re a collective that’s determined to do their best with what they have at that given time and 2011’s Parting The Sea Between The Brightness and Me is no exception to that. They’ve simply just been a band that’s only concerned with being who they are and no one else. Many bands may sound like Touché Amoré, but Elliot Babin’s intensely erratic drum performances nor Jeremy Bolm’s youthful angst-ridden energy will ever be replicated to the full extent that they display here. Surely it’s not perfect, but the soundscapes created with songs like “Face Ghost” or “Condolences” send listeners into familiar but unforeseen territory for the band, developing off of the foundation placed on 2009’s ...to the beat of a dead horse in a blooming fashion. They developed this sound furthermore into maturity with 2013’s life-affirming Is Survived By and 2016’s cathartic meditation on death that was Stage Four but we need to appreciate the development and middle ground that bands take on their way through life to the greatness that they’ve been striving for. Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me may act like it’s suffering, but the light was there with Touché Amoré from the beginning and that is nothing but clear through the effectively blunt lyrics and always-running-never-looking-back mentality displayed on their breakthrough sophomore masterpiece.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ianblxdsoe
January 25th 2018


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

here’s another review (so soon for once wow) for arguably the most influential and important album in my entire life so uhhh yeehaw idk how long this streak is gonna keep up i wanna get back into writing as much as i did in the summer especially in the offchance i do actually get promoted lol anyways constructive criticism is appreciated woo

SteakByrnes
January 25th 2018


17005 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dude I'll Touche your Amore



Pos

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2018


57114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't heard this in years, but it's great

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
January 25th 2018


9223 Comments


Pos'd, hope you get contrib bud you deserve it

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ianblxdsoe
January 25th 2018


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aw thanks man i’m hopin

coldheaven
January 25th 2018


4845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the most influential and important album in my entire life [2]

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ianblxdsoe
January 25th 2018


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank god i’m not the only one whew

coldheaven
January 25th 2018


4845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've said it before, each of their albums came out in a time in my life where it was almost like it was me writing those lyrics. They just related wayyyyyyyy too much, scarily in fact. The same goes for Pianos Become The Teeth, La Dispute, and mewithoutYou. Just not as on the money as Touche Amore has been.

BlackwaterPork
January 25th 2018


4390 Comments


I think it’s confirmed at that point that if Ian doesn’t get contributor there’s gonna be some sort of riot

BlackwaterPork
January 25th 2018


4390 Comments


Also great review pos

SteakByrnes
January 25th 2018


17005 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This isn't nearly as good as Is Survived By tho

coldheaven
January 25th 2018


4845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Musically, yes totally. As for subject matter, I think they compliment each other nicely. They both came out in shitty times of my life, so I have a biased outlook on them. PTSBBAM just happened to come out during my shittiest, hahaha.

coldheaven
January 25th 2018


4845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh, and neither one of them are going to be as soul-crushing and gut-wrenching as Stage Four.

SteakByrnes
January 25th 2018


17005 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stage Four is so depressing

coldheaven
January 25th 2018


4845 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah it is, even more so when you've actually lost your mother. I don't know how he can manage to perform those songs live.

ianblxdsoe
January 26th 2018


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

all of their records are emotionally charged genius imo

Hawks
January 26th 2018


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This isn't nearly as good as Is Survived By tho


Agreed hard. This is def better than Stage Four but not even close to the other two.

ianblxdsoe
January 27th 2018


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is survived by is their best agreed that’s the only one i have 5’d for now bc my 5’s are strict

Snake.
January 27th 2018


21847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

parting the sea somewhere in the between the buried brightness and me

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Slex
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2018


9223 Comments


With some polish you got a joke there



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