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Sylvie

Sylvie: I Wish I Was DrivingI Wish I Was Driving (2002)
Does Everyone Stare?

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: MeganMegan
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Sylvie's full-length debut, "I wish I was driving" is decent. It's slightly above mediocre, but quite a bit below excellent. Reading the press release from Does Everyone Stare? Records leads you to believe you're in for an amazing treat. There are comparisons to Jawbox, Fugazi and Tool, sanctimon.


Sylvie's full-length debut, "I wish I was driving" is decent. It's slightly above mediocre, but quite a bit below excellent. Reading the press release from Does Everyone Stare? Records leads you to believe you're in for an amazing treat. There are comparisons to Jawbox, Fugazi and Tool, sanctimonious praises for a band that unfortunately, can't live up to the hype. The cover art is simple, a crumpled photograph of a couch centered in white. It's a soothing image that draws people in; you want to like this CD.

Unfortunately, the more times this disc goes through the stereo, the less enjoyment there is to it. What starts off sounding beautiful and slightly haunting ends up sounding drawn out and uninteresting. The singers voice sounds slightly like Maynard from Tool, but not enough to liken one to the other. The melodies build nicely, and the vocals are mixed well, but it's just lacking.

Albums can be equated to different weather conditions. Some of them may resemble warm sunny days, while others are blustery winter nights. "I wish I was driving" is a weak spring storm. The kind that comes right after winter ends, slow and quiet, trying to make a smooth transition. It doesn't interrupt sleep patterns at night; instead, it calls the listener back to sleep, beckoning one to relax and not move. There aren't any earth-shaking bolts of thunder, no flashes of light. It's neither here nor there. When this CD attempts to be loud, it fails. The loudest moments are temporary gusts of wind pelting raindrops against the window.

 


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evildeadalive (April 2, 2003)

You know who's cool? Sylvia Saint.

doeseveryonestare (April 1, 2003)

I think the review over at flexyourhead.net actually describes that album, rather than getting arty and talking about weather:

"Remember when the word "emo" meant something more than a reason to squirm in your boots? Regina, Saskatchewan's Sylvie sound totally oblivious to the current MTV-style "emo" hype, instead drawing influence from the DC scene that spawned integral emotional hardcore bands like Jawbox and Fugazi. I Wish I Was Driving features nine excellent songs that set a pleasant, uplifting mood that is great for when the chips are down. Raspy, heartfelt vocals push this into the upper echelon of the genre. Sure, the album tends to drag through some moody ballads and instrumental interludes, but in a world where most bands are pushing pop as emo, it's refreshing to hear a band who aren't afraid to let their songs develop and pulsate." - Jason Schreurs.

insinceredave (April 1, 2003)

Wow a record with its own weather system, sounds great to me!

insincere dave

evildeadalive (April 1, 2003)

Uhhh, yeah for all your artsy description of this, you basically told us nothing...

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

Did Davey Havok right this review? What the fuck.

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

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