CrazyEightyEight
Burning Alive


4.0
excellent

Review

by Josh USER (16 Reviews)
December 14th, 2018 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A hard hitting and beautifully stunning debut record, all thanks to the talent of the band members, but also to the crowdfunding from the fans.

Jarrod Alonge has never been a stranger to working with music and crowdfunding, with his other projects such as Sunrise Skater Kids and Canadian Softball, so what happens when he gathers Lauren Babic and Tyson Dang of Red Handed Daniel on vocals and drums respectively (Tyson only appears in the music video to my knowledge, Jarrod programs all of the drums), as well as Patty Walters from As It Is on bass in order to put out his first serious effort into music, what could he possibly forge with these members by his side"

Something unexpected; we all know he had been fully capable of creativity, but it truly shines when he works with others. It also helps to know each song on this record is based off a film, for example, the lead single "Shinebox" is inspired by Goodfellas.

The record has a very cinematic, closed in feel from the very get-go with the spoken speech in "Reboot" which transitions seamlessly into "Fortune and Glory, Kid", refusing to pull any punches with Lauren's screamed vocals and the barrage of drums and backing vocals. Patty's bass playing is put to the test in songs such as "Nitroglycerin" and "Bastard from a Basket", the latter of which is borderline haunting with Jarrod's backing vocals being murmured under the noise.

Though, the band is just as unafraid of slowing down as they are of taking things up a notch. "Hannah" has strings that give the record a nice breather, though for the most part, not a lot happens in this song other than Lauren singing sweetly among what sounds like could be a film score. Fitting, right"

However, the song "Moloko Plus" shows the major con of this record. Garrett Russell of Silent Planet takes over this entire song - this is not a good thing. It hits hard with his strained, screamed vocals but soon after it has a two minute interlude that slows the album to a crawl, forcing you to wait for the build up when this upbringing should have been cut in half. I also find this to be an issue with "300 Pages", the interlude into the final track which seems to be placed on a loop for over two minutes. It makes you ache for it to be over as nothing truly happens despite how atmospheric it may seem. It only adds frustration, not anticipation.

Despite this con, CrazyEightyEight's members have all brought their own talents to the forefront of music; and while it is not the most unique piece of music in the scene at this moment, they have certainly added their own flare to it (Lauren even has a screamed rap verse in "Ian Hates Gretchen.)

This record was certainly worth the wait, and with just a little more of that, I'm sure this band could work out the kinks holding them back, if only slightly.

Recommended tracks:
Shinebox
I Am Tetsuo
Bastard from a Basket
Tears In Rain
Ian Hates Gretchen
My Friends, You Bow to No One



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Donul
December 14th 2018


60 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gotta give this a listen...Jarrod is great and this band really hits that spot that yearns for more Screamo-era Underoath

Digging: Unprocessed - Artificial Void

BroFro
December 14th 2018


495 Comments


i really like their covers ep's so i definitely will check this out

Digging: Big Drill Car - Batch

klocu4
December 14th 2018


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy shit, this album is so good! Way better than I expected honestly

Spec
December 14th 2018


35717 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Edit: maybe I can get used to the vocals

Durrzo
December 14th 2018


1835 Comments


I'm enjoying this. They definitely took their interludes too far though. 300 pages is pointless and the huge gaps in the middle of "Moloka Plus" and "My Friends..." just end up being obnoxious.

I will say that I disagree with you on Moloka as a whole though, I think it's one of the best tracks on the album and I thought it was cool to give the guest vocalist a whole track to play on, rather than a tiny feature like we usually get.

Digging: Shadow of Intent - Melancholy

maximomckinnon
December 14th 2018


42 Comments


I've been so excited for this and - admittedly having only listened one or two times all the way through after jamming the singles daily - I'm a little half and half.

I haven't come to a full conclusion yet and maybe it'll grow on me more, but as it stands it feels like a bunch of standout tracks surrounded by an equal amount of kinda eh ones. Some weird structural choices too. I don't know, maybe I'll write a review soon.

Either way, pos'd.

JoshGray672
December 14th 2018


63 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Durrzo

I agree with 300 Pages being pointless, but I think with My Friends it works because it's such a like... epic-feeling song, that brings you to the very top before throwing you off. With Moloko Plus it just kind of feel like it loops. I don't think Moloko is terrible, I just think it would have been better off if that part of the song was placed a little more evenly, if that makes sense.



@maximom

That's fair, I was very iffy on Shinebox's re-recorded version, as well as Nitroglycerin at first - it made me kinda nervous about it but it definitely grew on me.

Durrzo
December 14th 2018


1835 Comments


It's a grower for sure. I like several tracks a lot on my first run-through, but others didn't click for me it all. I enjoy most of it now, though some songs are still clearly superior to others.

JimmyPopAli
December 14th 2018


157 Comments


Lauren Babic is goddess tier.

PostMesmeric
December 15th 2018


761 Comments


Oh man, gotta listen to this. No Words Spoken was a surprisingly awesome release to me.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2018


9851 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I feel like this review didn't talk too too much about the actual music on the record and was brief to a fault. It's got a cinematic feel to it, seemingly, but the actual content itself isn't really described. There were some other technical issues (the first paragraph is just a big run-on sentence) throughout the piece. I'd advise some further editing, if you would like; this seems to be lacking to me.



Listening right now and it's feeling like a diet Hail the Sun with worse vocals. You mention there's a rap verse in here and now I'm waiting for it like a jump scare in a horror movie.

Digging: The Offering - Home

JayEnder
December 15th 2018


4930 Comments


That band name yikes

Digging: Shadow of Intent - Melancholy

Snake.
December 15th 2018


21778 Comments


can we please stop pretending that this guy is funny

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2018


9851 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Don't even know him, I must be out of the loop. Seems like a good thing here.

TundraL5Z
December 16th 2018


3000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely good, but I've been growing out of this genre for a while now, also some of the lyrics are pretty generic, but there's only so much to talk about within this type of music so I won't hold that against them

Digging: Shadow of Intent - Melancholy

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
December 16th 2018


10612 Comments


Alonge is funny as long as you care about any alternative scene culture. If you've grown out of it like Snake you'll just pretend he was never funny. I don't watch his content anymore but I know he was good at what he did when I did.

Listened to a song from this band and it was a snooze.

TundraL5Z
December 16th 2018


3000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

https://gyazo.com/12e7a3217d75a6a0471ad6b7d55d5414 alt account just to 5 this...? thinkingemoji

LightAndGlass
December 17th 2018


83 Comments


I like Alonge a good bit and I'll check this album out soon but Jesus I hate that band name. I kept ignoring it in my YouTube recommended list off the name alone.

Spec
December 17th 2018


35717 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Nah can’t do it.

TundraL5Z
December 17th 2018


3000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The name is a Kill Bill reference or something, but it's still a dumb name yeah lol



Tears In Rain is my fav on the album tho



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