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Waxwing

Waxwing: Nobody Can Take What Everybody OwnsNobody Can Take What Everybody Owns (2002)
Second Nature Recordings

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: travistravis
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"When you feel it running down the back of your spine you'll know." So reads the small font type on the inside jacket of Waxwing's third full length release on Second Nature Recordings, Nobody Can Take What Everybody Owns. Just reading that gives the potential listener the chills, and that is before.
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"When you feel it running down the back of your spine you'll know." So reads the small font type on the inside jacket of Waxwing's third full length release on Second Nature Recordings, Nobody Can Take What Everybody Owns. Just reading that gives the potential listener the chills, and that is before the music even starts.

Composed of members of bands such as The Blood Brothers, Gatsby's American Dream, Rocky Votolato (the solo project), and Bugs in Amber, Waxwing brings elements from all of these diverse bands into a sound all their own. Try mixing all of those bands together. I dare you. Somehow, Waxwing manages to pull it off on every release.

This band has been a staple of the Seattle music scene since before their first release "For Madmen only" in 1999. Nobody Can Take‚?¶ is harder and more aggressive than their last release "One for the Ride," and more like their first album than anything else. The album's hardcore influences (inspired by guitarist Cody Votolato's affiliation with the Blood Brothers) unite with singer Rocky Votolato's melodic-acoustic stylings to create an unlikely but intriguing combination. While every member of Waxwing adds a different element, it is Rocky Votolato's voice and lyrics that makes this album stand out against everything else released this year.

Votolato's gruff yet amazingly beautiful voice will have any listener entranced. He wears his heart on his sleeve, but it doesn't come off as pretentious or pitiful. When he screams "Look at me now, look at me now. I am bruised and broken down," the listener will only want more.

I recommend this album to everyone who likes thoughtful indie rock and insightful vocals. This is an essential release. And to repeat the lyrics of the song "Everything's on Fire," the albums opener, "When you feel it running down the back of your spine you'll know‚?¶."

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (April 8, 2006)

yeah this might be the most underrated band EVER.

Anonymous (March 19, 2003)

Um, more people should listen to this band. Seriously. This is really good stuff. Kinda reminds me of early Jawbreaker.

Anonymous (November 30, 2002)

lou-s, its in the song "Everything's on Fire." the first track on the cd.

-travis

lou-s (November 30, 2002)

what song does he sing that "look at me now..." line in?

Anonymous (November 30, 2002)

This was/is my favorite record of 2002. Serious.

Anonymous (November 29, 2002)

oh well, i guess theyre not for everyone. maybe theyre an acquired taste? i didnt like them till i saw them live.

-travis

maverick (November 29, 2002)

Travis-
Sorry dude, I was asleep on the job. It's all fixed now.

By the way, this album did absolutely nothing for me.

-Scott

Anonymous (November 29, 2002)

wherever it says LINE BREAK, theres suppossed to be a line break. last time i put a review up here, the staff put the line breaks in for me. oh well, guess not this time.

-travis

ps. buy this album.

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