Ages and Ages
Divisionary


4.5
superb

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
May 19th, 2020 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Join the community.

Every time I listen to Divisionary, I get the feeling that Ages and Ages are just your friendly neighbors who happen to make indie-rock. They’re an overwhelmingly optimistic bunch, but not in a way that feels cheesy or naive – more in the sense that glows with sincerity and makes you want to become a better person. Each track beckons you to sing along – not quietly, but at the top of your lungs. There’s a distinctly communal aura present thanks to the prevalence of these gang-styled choral chants – and if that doesn’t sound like enough to make an album great on its own merits, then I’d suggest you give the title track a quick spin and decide for yourself.

Divisionary is a fun, upbeat, and quirky pop/rock album that will keep you on your toes. The opening song, ‘Light Goes Out’, does a 180-degree tempo shift approximately one minute into the song. ‘Over It’ goes from surging melodies in the verses to a forlorn, swaggering chorus with call-back styled vocals. ‘Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)’ is basically just one giant chorus passed off as a song. Ages and Ages have no problem varying their approach as things jump unpredictably from slow to fast, and they exhibit very little restraint by launching into the most enthusiastic of melodies with little or no prior warning. It’s very much the sound of a band liberated from any sort of pain or worry, and that’s something we all can use a dose of at times.

Instrumentally, Ages and Ages keep it relatively simple – acoustic guitars drive most of the songs forward (see ‘No Pressure’ and ‘I See More’), and the drumming more or less just keeps the pace afloat. The magic of Ages and Ages is that their tune sense and magnificent, swelling choruses truly are enough to drive Divisionary wherever it wants to go. In this case, where it wants to go is a place of acceptance, warmth, and cheer. Divisionary just might be the most welcoming album I’ve ever heard. Come join the community, sing along, and feel better – yes, it’s really that simple.



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SowingSeason
Moderator
May 19th 2020


34551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've meant to review this for years - one of 2014's best-kept-secrets. It's a basic but very fun, very optimistic record.

Check out the title track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BAU9mKJjdU

Review is just meant to get the word out.

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Lucman
May 20th 2020


4252 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh nice. Will listen today. I've been on a bit of a Blue/Pinkerton Weezer binge so more optimistic indie rock sounds like a win.

SowingSeason
Moderator
May 21st 2020


34551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

These guys are a little cheerier than Weezer but not quite as endearingly nerdy.

FuzzyThoughts
May 22nd 2020


55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm halfway through this now and am really liking it. That sudden transition midway through the opener was fantastic. Everything has been solid.

SowingSeason
Moderator
May 22nd 2020


34551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad to hear it! It's one of those albums that shouldn't be anything special but is just so catchy and well done.

AlsoAmpersand
May 23rd 2020


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Discovered this gem via your "Decade in obscurity" playlist. Deserves the spotlight!

SowingSeason
Moderator
May 27th 2020


34551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cool to see how you discovered it. I've been hyping these guys for 6 years but it's mostly fallen on deaf ears lol. Glad you enjoyed.



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