Posts tagged ‘streetlight manifesto’

June 27, 2014

Album 0456: Streetlight Manifesto – Somewhere In The Between

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Release Date: 2007
Genre: Ska/Punk

Tracklisting:

1. We Will Fall Together (04:49)
2. Down, Down, Down To Mephisto’s Cafe (05:03)
3. Would You Be Impressed? (03:22)
4. One Foot On The Gas, One Foot In The Grave (05:28)
5. Watch It Crash (04:43)
6. Somewhere In The Between (03:43)
7. Forty Days (03:53)
8. The Blonde Lead The Blind (04:49)
9. The Receiving End Of It All (05:18)
10. What A Wicked Gang Are We (03:23)

Total Length: 44:31

We Will Fall Together has an amazing opening, and brilliant percussion throughout. The song just begs you to sing along, and it’s so much fun to. This song did a lot to allay fears people had after waiting so long for this album. Down, Down, Down To Mephisto’s Cafe is even more of an outlandish song, it keeps you guessing with its structure and I love it. The only thing that has ever seemed odd to me is the bit near the end of the song, it feels like a vocal gets cut off and like there’s supposed to be more to the song.

Would You Be Impressed? is very cool as well, I love the lyrics and how they interact with the ups and downs of the song. This one actually too me a bit of time to get, but I love it. One Foot On The Gas, One Foot In The Grave slows it down a bit with its intro, and is a pretty expansive song. It’s another one that didn’t click at first, but it is really brilliant and also begs you to sing along. Watch It Crash is not quite as good as the majority of tracks on here, but there is a lot to love about it.

Somewhere In The Between has some pop sensibilities but I absolutely adore the lyrics and the song is just too catchy and fun. Forty Days is fantastic as well. I love the atmosphere and the percussion in it, and getting a bonafide guitar solo is very cool. The Blonde Lead The Blind has somewhat simplistic lyrics, but the music behind it all is fun and upbeat. It does feel like they should be singing “we’re gonna make it after all” at one point but other than that it’s solid.

The Receiving End Of It All is the best song on here. It’s the closest one to the style from their first album, and the lyrics are top notch. This song should have absolutely been the one to close out the album, so much so that sometimes I think it actually is. What A Wicked Gang Are We is a great track, but not really fitting to end the album with. It’s lyrics are also much less cool compared to the previous track. This album really takes me back and was really influential to me at a time when I needed it. Simply amazing.

Final Rating: 9.5/10

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July 11, 2013

Album 0293: Streetlight Manifesto – Everything Goes Numb

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Release Date: 2003
Genre: Ska/Punk

Tracklisting:

1. Everything Went Numb (03:30)
2. That’ll Be The Day (04:43)
3. Point/Counterpoint (05:28)
4. If And When We Rise Again (04:20)
5. A Better Place, A Better Time (06:28)
6. We Are The Few (04:57)
7. Failing, Flailing (05:29)
8. Here’s To Life (04:42)
9. A Moment Of Silence (05:13)
10. A Moment Of Violence (02:00)
11. The Saddest Song (03:19)
12. The Big Sleep (05:03)

Total Length: 55:10

Everything Went Numb is the perfect song to start off the album. Great opening, the lyrics are fast and catchy and everything is great. The little acoustic interlude, the horn section, everything is perfect. This song can easily get stuck in your head. That’ll Be The Day has a cool intro, and the song is fun to sing along to. Really all of the songs on here are. The only thing I don’t like about this track is the ending. It fades, we get some silence, and then there is a little tag at the end. Just feels like a waste of nearly twenty seconds.

Point/Counterpoint is an amazing song and easily one of the centerpieces of the album. It’s also extended from the demo version, bringing it to a considerable length. It also is the song that lends itself most to singing along, kind of similar to the title track on Keasbey Nights. Just not sure how one could dislike this song. If And When We Rise Again has a longer intro, and I go back and forth sometimes on whether or not I totally like it. The build-up is kind of nice, and the song is fantastic once it gets rolling. It even has a little neo-classical bit using some Russian dance piece.

A Better Place, A Better Time is a more somber song. It’s lyrics are a bit darker, but hopeful at the same time. The band also shortens it to ‘Annie’ on setlists, which I think is interesting. Pretty amazing song. We Are The Few is great as well, much more of a sing-along. Failing, Flailing is a bit odd in ways, but still a very great, strong song. Still not entirely sure what the lyrics mean but that’s okay. I do like the one section that sounds like a nursery rhyme.

Here’s To Life was originally a Bandits Of The Acoustic Revolution song. This one is pretty similar but changes the lyrics of the chorus a bit and isn’t quite as varied in the instruments used. Fantastic song in any form. A Moment Of Silence is a slower track, with a calypso vibe. The lyrics are really cool, there’s even a shot at Catch 22. Very great song. The second part of it, in a sense, is A Moment Of Violence. This song is short and fast, the total opposite of the previous track. Probably my least favorite song on the album, but it’s got some good stuff.

The Saddest Song is more of a simple song than the rest of the album, but I love it still. Just catchy as crap. The Big Sleep is the big song to cap everything off. The lyrics go every which way and are always great. This is also the one time they bring in some violin on the album, giving it a different vibe there. This song is just amazing in every way. This is a near-perfect album. I don’t dislike a single track and even the ones I have issues with have minuscule problems. Love it.

Final Rating: 10/10

August 11, 2012

Album 0087: Streetlight Manifesto – Demo

Release Date: 2002
Genre: Ska/Punk

Tracklisting:

1. Everything Went Numb (02:54)
2. Point/Counterpoint (03:36)
3. The Saddest Song (03:16)
4. We Are The Few (05:10)

Total Length: 14:56

Everything Went Numb is essentially the same as the final album version, except at a slower pace. This makes it a bit easier to parse the lyrics, but the energy in the album version is definitely better. Point/Counterpoint has the slower pace as well, but is also missing essentially the second half of the song. I don’t know if it wasn’t written yet or if Tomas just didn’t want to perform it without it, but after all this time of knowing the album version of song hearing this one feels like hearing an incomplete version.

The Saddest Song is again much the same, but I actually like the tiny little ending flair on this version. We Are The Few kind of shows off why the faster pace in the album proper were a great change. It gives the songs more energy, but in this particular song’s case it creates an even bigger contrast for the slow part in the middle. Overall this demo is more of a novelty, as except for one song being cut in half they are pretty much the same. For a short little demo, it kicks ass.

Final Rating: 8/10