Ribbons & Sugar
math-core works when it's so damn clean you can't help but notice
the breaks. It also helps to have good melodies and counter melodies.
When done right, it can soar, like on this 29-minute ode to George
Orwell's "Animal Farm." Sound pretentious and overbearing?
Sure it does, but the crisp production (handled by James Paul Wisner
(Further Seems Forever, Dashboard Confessional)) and bop-bop-bop-crash
melodies takes care of all that. At the end of the day, I'm not
sure how closely the lyrics line up with the Orwell classic, nor
do I really care. That would mean having to follow along with the
lyric sheet (and read "Animal Farm"), and I'm too busy
listening to the Seattle five-piece's bone-cracking kick-drum, guitar
slides and tasty arrangements that border on good indie prog.
It's not all good. Vocalist
"Nic" is a bit too cooing, a bit too precious, a bit too
Tommy Shaw for my taste (the fact that they have their vocal coach
credited on the liner notes is a frightening sign). His voice is
as irritating as looking someone's perfect hair. Doesn't he know
that the only real perfection in mathcore is in the instrumental
equation? Sure they sound slick, and they may even have a commercial
future, but at least their honest.
Posted May 9, 2003.
Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
pretentious and overbearing? Sure it does, but the crisp production
(handled by James Paul Wisner (Further Seems Forever, Dashboard
Confessional)) and bop-bop-bop-crash melodies takes care of