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Restorations: LP2LP2 (2013)
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Some records don't feel important upon first listen. Sometimes the stars don't align like they're supposed to, sometimes the listener isn't in the right frame of mind, sometimes the band's intent gets bogged down by various ancillary factors. Hell, sometimes it just takes time for the impact to real.
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Some records don't feel important upon first listen. Sometimes the stars don't align like they're supposed to, sometimes the listener isn't in the right frame of mind, sometimes the band's intent gets bogged down by various ancillary factors. Hell, sometimes it just takes time for the impact to really set in. LP2 feels immediately important. It's the sound of a band in Restorations who have always had an interesting predisposition but never figured out how to clearly convey it until now. They hit it out of the park.

"D" has already been covered, but it's still a banger and a perfect choice for an opener. It's upbeat, loud and heavy all at the same time, and serves as a nice "gateway" to the band; keep in mind that this song will serve as the first impression for a large amount of new listeners. It leads nicely into the organ-assisted heaviness of "Let's Blow Up The Sun" and the dissonance of "Civil Inattention."

Although Restorations have streamlined their sound just a bit, they're still really hard to pin down or place into a neatly-opened genre box. There's less of a distance to their music on LP2, but it isn't less grandiose–if anything, it's even more triumphant. The interplay between instruments is impressive throughout, especially in the initial moments of "Kind of Comfort"; the manner in which the bass takes the lead throughout most of the song and only occasionally gives way to a soloing guitar is really cool. "In Perpetuity Throughout The Universe" serves as an elongated build-up to the rousing "New Old," which uses quick riffs, quicker drums and a bed of organ sounds to help gets its message across.

The final third of LP2 barely lets up; even the heavy, airy "Quit" alternates its bass-centric verses with huge, open choruses. Shades of Americana abound on "The Plan," somewhat calling back to some of the sounds forged on Restorations' debut full-length. The beginning of six-minute closer "Adventure Tortoise" is a force of ambient noise and distant guitars that eventually crash into a louder, heavier base that's positively urgent. It's a rousing way to close an album in LP2 that at once forges new ground but also feels reflective; it's smart, nuanced and textured, but also the most accessible thing the band have done. It LP2 doesn't make Restorations huge, nothing will.

 

 
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MacbethMystery (January 4, 2014)

the album is pure gold

like the other guy below, I'd really like to buy a CD copy, but it seems impossible to get one on the internet. side one even offers a cassette version of the album and arguably 10 different vinyl colours...

Let_Yourself_Be_Heard (September 20, 2013)

I am in love with this record in pretty much every way. The playing, the songwriting, and the lyrics of course.

ak3punk (June 18, 2013)

The only albums that have hit me hard this year have been the new Banquets and Off With Their Heads. This album can now be added to that list, this could be the best album of 2013.

nedsammy (May 2, 2013)

The first album was a grower, so I'll be giving this one some time too. So far, I'm not digging as much. Atmosphere's been sacrificed for harder rocking - but it does rock supremely hard.

Rich27 (April 9, 2013)

A surprisingly good album. Reminds me alot of Red Collar.

1776 (April 4, 2013)

Really good, doesn't sound like anything else out there. Only gripe is how hard it is to find on CD, much prefer 320KBPs MP3s to the watered down iTunes standard.

telegraphrocks (April 4, 2013)

Not my thing. I guess I need a beard.

theTopher (April 4, 2013)

Strange Behavior was a promising start.

LP1 didn't really go anywhere for me.

the two 7 inches since then were much better.

LP2 is almost as good as those.

sleepwalker (April 4, 2013)

"I don't understand the love fest for this band. I listened to a few tracks online and found it to be bland and boring. Different strokes, I guess..."

I felt the same about the first album. I'll give this a chance too, just because I'm fascinated by strongly differing opinions.

thepopeofchili-town (April 3, 2013)

"I don't understand the love fest for this band. I listened to a few tracks online and found it to be bland and boring. Different strokes, I guess..."

I'm right there with you.

fattony (April 3, 2013)

I don't understand the love fest for this band. I listened to a few tracks online and found it to be bland and boring. Different strokes, I guess...

marcsnitzer (April 3, 2013)

I'm for it!

wyld_stallyns_rule (April 3, 2013)

Damn near perfect.

mattbeall (April 2, 2013)

Exceptional.

Blackjaw_ (April 2, 2013)

Amazink.

Dante3000 (April 2, 2013)

There are a few bands who are putting out albums this year who have been getting better and better with each release. This is for sure one of them. Really impressed.

danperrone (April 2, 2013)

should have replaced tracks 4 and 5 with "0.014 MPH", but other than that, this is sooooooooo good

Thrusters (April 2, 2013)

I could see this album ending up as one of my favorites down the line. Definitely on the fast track to competing for AOTY 2013.

thetopher (April 2, 2013)

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