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Dubbed the most complex Assemblage 23 release to date, "Storm" remains true to the upbeat and danceable vibe that A23 is synonymous with. The group's three previous albums quickly made them the most successful American EBM act ever and "Storm" will again propel them above the rest.
傾聴しましょう、listen to !!
4. Let The Wind Erase Me
7. You Haven't Earned It
Hey ! ファストテンポなる一撃のエレクトロにのって、danser ヾ(^ｰ^)ゞﾀﾞﾝｽ
うーん、おいちい おいちい！ （＾▽＾）
＊ピクチャ コロちゃん・ケロちゃん ♪(ﾟ▽^*)ﾉ⌒☆
I'll also say that even though what I love about music, what really hooks me, is the melody and the type of sound (synth! bagpipes! pipe organs!) the lyrics in Assemblage 23 are quite good. I always hate it when the lyrics are bad enough I have to ignore them to listen to the good part. (Foreign language songs have a definite advantage this way.) A23 lyrics have meters that match and rhymes that work and while the complexity-simplicity level varies I've yet to hear a set of stanzas that makes me cringe and some of them are very emotionally accurate. Actually, the song 'Ground' on this album is a great checklist for calming yourself down with DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy). I've read on various places on the web that Tom Shear began writing music after his father's suicide. I'm sure that accounts for his interest in mental states and mental health evident in Assemblage 23 songs. I've found peace in them at times and I hope he found peace making them. They're beautiful.
Pretty much the entire album is awesome, though. The only track that doesn't do much for me is "Regret." It's quite bland compared to the rest.
I can't really pick favorites other than "Skin," but a couple other noteworthy tracks are the Depeche Mode-esque "You Haven't Earned It" and the incredibly unique "30kft," which has a very non-traditional structure that just keeps building and building until the album's final discomforting moment.
This album doesn't have quite as much tempo variety as Defiance, but is overall a slightly better album. It's definitely way WAY ahead of A23's pre-Defiance stuff. It reminds me a bit of Colony 5's album "Structures," but with better lyrics. Highly recommended.
I really can't say enough about the material that Tom Shears release, nor can I hype him as much as he merits. He really has worked wonders with A23, remixing countless tracks from the likes of Pain Station (that Slaughterhouse mix off of Cold is WELL worth obtaining), Covenant, God Module and so many others, and he has also helped engineer wonders when it comes to the likes of Lost Signal (their album Catharsis is another gem that everyone desperately needs). With regard to his work with A23, Shear's crafted droves of quality EBM beatwork, keeping the motions moving to an almost always danceable beat, and he's done it while becoming really versed when in the art of introspection. That's possibly what I like about his work the most, because he gives his audience portions of his life that feel and hurt and that help him connect with others. In the past he's wielded the double-edged blade of sorrow with the death of his father, the hate that comes with betrayal and with simply wanting to connect, and he's laid it out on track after track. And that formulates an impressive resume, to be sure.
On Storm, I found beats that I have come to expect from A23, and I found quite a few tracks I responded to immediately. I'm partial to the song Human, because Shear's vocal blend seamlessly with the beat and because I enjoy the concept of the song itself. "If imperfection is the lens that sees me through, don't be surprised if someday soon that lens stares back at you." Yeah, that's good stuff. Skin is also a great track, with both a mix of vocals that modify a bit from the last and with an energetic beat, plus an affirming message that shays to be who you are. "Shed your skin, be who you arm, unencumbered by the weight of hiding every little scar." Yeah, that's the good stuff as well. Skipping around for room, there's also the track Complacent that caught my audio attention, with the stuff that I disagree with a lot of people about because I really think this type of track is what helps Shear shine. It still has an electronic beat but the it slows a little more that "danceable," giving it some energy but also crafting more melodic skies, and its accented with vocals that seem flawless in that setting. "Sweet denial, take your leave, you must have others to deceive." Yeah, that makes me a happy auditory camper. The last one I want to note is the song 30kft, a departure from the norm and a rather sad song that is perhaps the best one of the album. It takes place as an occupant is informed that his plane is going down and is simply trying to call his wife and tell her everything he's feeling. It has such an eerie feeling to it, one that really makes a person tear up when you think about what's going on, and it has this attractive sadness that really made me attach to it. "I'm sorry most of all I won't be there when you grow old, to be there by your side and keep you warm when you are cold." Its really sad when you feel the painting, and something I find myself really moved by.
And this tiny track listing is, by no means, a highlighted pack of what the album is. Like I said, there's quite a bit of pleasure to be derived from the album. There's the singles that the album spawned, Let the Wind Erase Me and Ground, and a lot of other goodies. If you find you like this you'll also want to pick up the two aforementioned singles, because both have extra tracks on them not contained on the album as well. Yummy.
I had to listen to this cd over and over!! All the songs are strong. There are no bad songs on this cd period!!!!! See for yourself!!!