Birds in Row
We Already Lost The World


4.5
superb

Review

by TooManyFriends USER (23 Reviews)
August 12th, 2018 | 184 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: righteous fury

Comprised of three members whose faces are virtually unseen in promotional images, prefer to go by single letters instead of full names, and interview only as a band, French hardcore collective Birds In Row have always done things rather unconventionally. Their unusual DNA is rooted in a desire for cohesion and focus; to worry about individual members is to pollute the vision of the whole, and Birds In Row want nothing more than to be crystal clear in their message. We Already Lost The World is undoubtedly the closest the band has ever come to achieving their goals, a record that feels like an existential crisis put to tape as much as it does a traditional album.

The common thread tying We Already Lost The World’s nine scintillating tracks together is a longing for peace and human connection. At times, it’s desperate (“Clean your ***ing mirror/may you hear someone else’s voice”), angry (“If only you gave me a ***ing break I would bear you at least/And I wouldn’t just lock up the doors/Do you know how much I try"”), and inquisitive (“I see no medals on any of us/and still we’re the ones who compete”). Charred, scratchy screaming vocals (and occasional singing) do the heavy lifting when it comes to conveying the wide emotional palette on display here, but that’s not to discount the strong instrumental performances throughout. Songs like the breakneck “Love Is Political” show that Birds In Row can shred with the best of them, but slower passages such as the elongated outro to “Remember Us Better Than We Are” carry a heft of their own, conveying the mood of the album perfectly without a single spoken word.

Musically, there’s never been more variety on a Birds In Row release. Lead single “15/38” bounces and grooves with the swagger of a late career Thrice song, just yellier. “We Vs. Us” builds for three minutes like a wind-up truck, but instead of rolling to the end of the carpet, it goes through the ***ing drywall. The opening minute and a half of closer “Fossils” recalls many things; swirling black clouds forming an F5 tornado, the grinding of axes on a war torn battlefield, blenders full of rocks. Thankfully, there’s an undeniable balance to the madness. When We Already Lost The World needs to step on the gas, it goes, but when it wants to sit back for a mellow two-plus minute instrumental, that’s just fine too.

Birds In Row have hit a stride that feels special in a way that’s hard to describe. Where their hardcore contemporaries opt for machismo or vague metaphors for some internal strife, they show us nothing but the hearts on their sleeves. They’re scared, pissed, and ultimately human, and their eschewing of traditional band roles in favor of a collective shout into the void only makes We Already Lost The World feel that much more crucial.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TooManyFriends
August 12th 2018


2941 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

amazing record

PumpBoffBag
August 12th 2018


933 Comments


glad to hear this is good, was a big fan of their first LP

Wildcardbitchesss
August 12th 2018


1936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah glad someone reviewed this finally. Will probably end up being one of my favorites of the year.

Amazing live band too btw

jesterhead92
August 12th 2018


5484 Comments


Nice review dude, album slays. 15/38 sounds like Number Girl to me

bgillesp
August 12th 2018


6069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Auto pos cuz this needed a review.

Kurai
August 12th 2018


88 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review, glad a review has been put up for this, it's easily one of my favourite releases of the year so far

botb
August 12th 2018


12031 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the best thing this band has ever done. They ruled on this tour cycle too.

Digging: Old Gods Defied - Demo 2018

hogan900
August 12th 2018


2868 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

4/4 on albums ive listened to in the past two days, this is a bomb

calmrose
August 12th 2018


3895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet review



album rules so hard

Digging: Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

danielito19
August 12th 2018


12058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The songs they did from this live were phenomenal

Taxt
August 12th 2018


1224 Comments


Really liked this on first spin, I'm gonna have to give it another go soon.
Nice review.

Wildcardbitchesss
August 13th 2018


1936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I Don't Dance is a certified fuckin banger.

ZombieToyDuck
August 13th 2018


6342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

holy shit, why did I put this off so long???

Wildcardbitchesss
August 13th 2018


1936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

reflection

Artuma
August 13th 2018


29872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

theee seeeea ruuuuns dryyyy



we looooose hooooope

Digging: Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

JAV
August 13th 2018


2992 Comments


Aww yissss

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MlLTjh9VCw

botb
August 13th 2018


12031 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When I saw them like 2 weeks ago their guitar player that does most of the vocals talked about how that song is about how everyone is depressed from comparing themselves to other people on social media only everyone else’s problems are invisible so it’s a grass is greener scenario that’s making everyone sad and I was like damn resonate with that



Edit: @sula

Wildcardbitchesss
August 13th 2018


1936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah powerful stuff man. Can't say I disagree.

jesterhead92
August 13th 2018


5484 Comments


I want to see them live again. My friend a few states away got to see them recently and he said they nearly showed up Converge

FearThyEvil
August 13th 2018


16649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is so good



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