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Longitude: The Last AnniversaryThe Last Anniversary (2010)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Longitude's The Last Anniversary is a full-length of sprightly, lengthy Midwest emo that should interest fans of this particular revival. Akin to Nines & Sixes-era Mock Orange, Polar Bear Club's demo, or Brooklyn locals the Marine Electric, the band combines a variety of vocal styles–gravelly,.


Longitude's The Last Anniversary is a full-length of sprightly, lengthy Midwest emo that should interest fans of this particular revival. Akin to Nines & Sixes-era Mock Orange, Polar Bear Club's demo, or Brooklyn locals the Marine Electric, the band combines a variety of vocal styles–gravelly, wavery, earnest–with deft, slightly noodly guitars.

While the general tone here is more interesting than the songwriting, the album's got its moments. "Cinnamon" integrates a bit of Braid's stop-start chug, while early Minus the Bear gets a nod with the familiar fingertaps of one of Anniversary's catchier tracks, "Lead the Way". "Vodka and Cream" has plenty of nimbly dynamics and a few gang vocal punches to complement the melodies, while playful, Ghosts and Vodka-esque licks lighten up "A Long Trip Down". Instrumental "The Playback Engine" follows that with some surprisingly straight-up, heavy chugging. There's some more strained singing for closer "The Mountain Pass Is Out" that's a sure highlight too.

If there's a major issue with the album, it's that it often feels disjointed and the structure is a little all over the place. One part doesn't lead into the other too naturally. Also, some of the vocals are a bit overly...I can't even designate a proper adjective; particularly, it's the guy who sounds like he'd be in Living with Lions. It makes things a little goofy.

The Last Anniversary isn't the best thing to come out of this "scene", but it's far, far from terrible. Or even outright bad. Longitude have a lot of good ideas that manage to play out decently here, and while their songwriting could use some tinkering, they've managed a solid entry with this album.

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dandangoose (April 8, 2011)

seriously. try listening to "This Is Iowa" again. that song should sell you on this album.

dandangoose (April 8, 2011)

no, you guys probably just don't get it. this album is perfect.

Icapped2pac (April 8, 2011)

You're right about some of the vocals just feeling off, but still a decent effort overall.

Blackjaw_ (April 8, 2011)

If I remember correctly, the first song on this rules. The rest do not at all. Something about the main singer's voice; just doesn't click with me.

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