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Fairweather: LusitaniaLusitania (2003)
Equal Vision Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Finally...reinvention. Despite the overlying tribulation that Fairweather is not the first band to release a compilation of their transcendence beyond the clichéd borders of their previous inhabitance (see: Brand New) this year, the group has still managed to distort the boundaries of its genre i.
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Finally...reinvention.

Despite the overlying tribulation that Fairweather is not the first band to release a compilation of their transcendence beyond the clichéd borders of their previous inhabitance (see: Brand New) this year, the group has still managed to distort the boundaries of its genre into something that music critics and fans alike can agree contains originality you can only buy in wholesale.

Note that this inventive collaboration of influences is still the careful extract of sounds that helps create the hour-long trip through Fairweather's creativity. Whether it be the classic emotional fluidity of the Get Up Kids (normally a band that is a necessity to mention, in this case a bonafide requirement), the emblematic energy of Sunny Day Real Estate, the hushed vocals that still manage to gear itself in kinetic motions of No Motiv, or the unique pop tendencies of Northstar, Fairweather is a late 90s hybrid of indie/emo/pop/punk that deserves some due credit.

However, as is with all downtempo emo releases, we have our boring moments. Nonetheless, it always helps itself out. The twangs of "I Dread the Time Your Mouth Calls Me Hunter" fulfills self-help notions with emotional escalation by its blatant dark overtones, and its solemn drum roll behind the carefully-plucked strings closing it out.

The bridge of "Slow to Standing" (2:04 in) uses staccato chords and vocals alike that bring to memory Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall." Listen for yourself, influences from different genres are abound. Another tune such as this is one that roars to the advantage of its drums and its cymbals alike, crashing proportionately to finish off the song.

It may just be Equal Vision's budget, but the production level is perfect. Putting a necessary choking stranglehold on each song, the mixing of the rarely distorted vocals over the working-class guitars places what I feel is a claustrophobic emotion into the sound, utterly precise for the moods consistently conveyed.

The potentially frenetic chaos that introduces us to "Silent Jury" is narrowly restrained until we're informed "I'm waking up because of smelling salts that I've been given/Well that formula for caving in has now seceded from a courthouse filled with empty judges." It's eminent to make a mention of the poetic lyrics that emblazon the music such as the aforementioned, and one-two punches of lines like "You break down systematically when everything is black and white and red/Is making up for giving in enough to sleep at night?" adorning the liner notes are only monuments that ironically build the bridges across the notes that continue a pace hardly ever stricken by completely dull frames of time, but rather severely implausible treatments of string arrangements, vocals, and percussions.

The forecast is partly cloudly with rays of hope, purely dignified by its own remission in the winding downfalls of the skies. It could break open any second to the hemisphere ready to be inhabited by an evolution needed in a time of apocalypse.

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thisguyhere (July 14, 2012)

I am still listening to this, today. Friday, July 13, 2012. Of course I am a Fairweather fan and haven't seen them since they broke up. I remember they played Cleveland's venue Peabody's touring off of this album and no one was there. I was there, but I wasn't into Lusitania. It took me another year perhaps to realize the genius that went into this album. It's not too difficult, but it's very personal. Personal to the band I'm sure, but also personal to me. Great album, great band, great record label. I would give this 4.5/5 stars only granting that it is emo and does take a certain taste in order to love it the way that I do. Flawless execution on their part, unparalleled creativity, but at the same time they are working with a medium that has been done again and again. They do it as good as anyone.

ihateallofyou (March 21, 2008)

this record sounds like it was made in the bottom of a sinking ship. it is clearly the last effort from a band that sees its own demise quickly approaching. i love it.

dreux (January 30, 2007)

Amazing.

Anonymous (February 12, 2004)

haha..i usually hate people who comment on other people's comments...but seriously now?...give up the ghost? ..haha..to each his own i guess. no one strings together four chords like them i suppose. fuck you.

inagreendase (October 10, 2003)

sorry! not Equal Vision's bet release. Pretty good CD but I take it back. GUTG's is better.

omegaX (July 15, 2003)

It's one of those discs that you really need to listen to for a WHILE to get into. It could grow on you like it did with me, but it sure as hell isn't a masterpiece, which is one thing this one follows in the footsteps of "If they move...".

Kurt_F (July 12, 2003)

Trial By Fire is the most underrated band ever.

Anonymous (July 12, 2003)

That big dude from Trial By Fire would whoop this big dude's ass.

-sickboi

Anonymous (July 11, 2003)

fairweather's style*

Anonymous (July 11, 2003)

using the vocabulary was more like a symbol of the increased complexity of fairweather's song...but however you want to see it, you see it...

inagreendase

funkisdead (July 11, 2003)

are you stupid? i never said that fat people can't make good music... you should fucking learn how to read. i said that it is fucking hilarious that the singer of this band is a fat guy with a high voice. it is silly. you should eat a big fat dick.

Anonymous (July 11, 2003)

using this kind of vocabulary just for the sake of sounding intelligent is pointless. and it was used just for the sake of sounding intelligent and not to make the review any clearer or more expressive.

Allular (July 10, 2003)

Decent record, I like it a lot more than "if they move...". They've matured and actually know how to write rockin' songs.

I saw them live last week and I must say I was very impressed.

Anonymous (July 10, 2003)

nice green grass...

FOR ME TO POOP ON!!!

Anonymous (July 10, 2003)

I agree that this CD isn't anything real special. In fact "If they move..." wasnt the masterpiece either.

But the big problem i have is with the total failures on this site. Like 80% (that's 4 out of 5) of the fucking meatheads on this review forum couldn't even read the review (but he used big words!). Learn english, then speak. Fat People can't make good music? You guys are idiots.

sk8punx4evr (July 9, 2003)

ramo: black cross. yes. i was thinking of reviewing it but i'm too lazy. maybe sometime soon.

Anonymous (July 9, 2003)

Sure did

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

yep, i'm retarded, you got me there.

goddamn retarded inagreendase

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

Ok, ok, ok, I apologize really I do. My mistake you're not fat. I shouldn't shoot my mouth off like that. I know I did call you fat, but I also called you a goddamn retard. I think itís weird that you only disputed the fact that you're not fat. So itís pretty easy for a non educated moron like me to make a logical assumption that you are in fact a goddamn retard. So goddamn retard I really do apologize for calling you fat. But goddamn retard I do not apologize for your retard-like comparisons. Even if it is just a bridge, YOU DO NOT compare shit like this to Pink Floyd. That would be your bad. But I do have to thank you for something. Now my ears know what child birth feels like. Goddamn retard.
twat

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

fuck. forget it

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

ok that didn't seem to type out too well. first you do . thats what i was trying to say

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

to Anonymous guy (oh wait...that's half the board), you close out your font option with a . i know next-to-nothing about html, but just from this site I've learned a few basic things like that. just a tidbit of info so you don't have to boldface more than you wanted.

inagreendase

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

Shit, I'm gainin a little weight, but it's from beer, not fast food! damn, I thought my coke problem would take care of my weight 'problem'...

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

sorry but I don't think this is the best equal vision release of 2003. listen to black cross before you say something like that.

Ramo

inagreendase (July 8, 2003)

oh wait..i understand now...im really not smart lets get that straight

inagreendase (July 8, 2003)

" Good review, though you could have saved a lot of the time spent typing out big words by just writing "I am smarter than you." "

isn't that more time-consuming than the actual words....?..forget it..

inagreendase (July 8, 2003)

just addressing a couple things because i know a lot of people on this site hate me.

"Reviewer: We've all read your other reviews. You're REALLY not smart enough to use impressive language. Write it straight-forward next time. Please. Christ."

You're right, I'm not smart enough, but if I wrote all my reviews the same way, well then we'd have one helluva boring formula from me...maybe its already boring the way i write reviews, idk, i have to be doing something right for them to be getting posted...but whatever. there aren't Jerry's Kids making up the majority of this website's users, you can understand the vocab, my language really isn't all that complicated. some people say i use what they call complicated language to mask the fact that my ideas aren't strongly developed. who the hell knows they're probably right.

"Thesaursaurus?"

i'll be honest, i used a thesarus twice for two words only because i don't like using the same word twice in the same sentence.

"How fucking dare you compare boy band shit like this to Pink Fucking Floyd? Take that fucking glue out of you nose. Even if you’re only comparing parts of this music, its still blasphemy. That’s like comparing Beethoven to Mannheim Steamroller. Goddamn retard. I hate you to. You're probably fat. Go fuck yourself;
Twat "

Yes, even if i was comparing parts, but it was one bridge..of one song...and it was because it sounded really similar. did you even bother to listen to it before you raped your argument with pointless ad hominems? And I'll be honest, I'm anything BUT fat. 5'7 1/2", 130 lbs. i haven't gained a pound in a year and a half..so..not fat..although i don't know what that had to do with my review.

Anonymous (July 7, 2003)

jeez stop hatin yo.

"This album doesnt show off an evolved sound, it shows a completely DIFFERENT sound. The albums pretty good, but its just not fairweather."

yea damn, why do bands have to change man........idiot

Anonymous (July 7, 2003)

I'll talk shit about fattys. Stay indoors please. Seriously seeing you bums me out. It hits home that most of America looks like you. Out here in California lard asses aren't as common as say, Michigan. And when I see one of you waddling down the street it makes me think of the future. A future where hot sluts are ridiculed because of how skinny they are. A future not unlike planet of the apes, but with tubby people. Skinny people will be caged and taunted while land monsters "walk" freely down the street to find more food. Also you sweat too much and you smell like fried chicken if the sun hits you. I don't like you. How fucking dare you compare boy band shit like this to Pink Fucking Floyd? Take that fucking glue out of you nose. Even if youíre only comparing parts of this music, its still blasphemy. Thatís like comparing Beethoven to Mannheim Steamroller. Goddamn retard. I hate you to. You're probably fat. Go fuck yourself;
Twat

Anonymous (July 7, 2003)

Reviewer: We've all read your other reviews. You're REALLY not smart enough to use impressive language. Write it straight-forward next time. Please. Christ.

krowdsurf (July 7, 2003)

Good review, though you could have saved a lot of the time spent typing out big words by just writing "I am smarter than you."

Anonymous (July 7, 2003)

Thesaursaurus?

Anonymous (July 7, 2003)

oh, ok

funkisdead (July 7, 2003)

being fat has nothing to do with the music, and i'm not talking shit about fat people. i just find the fact that he is rather large and bearded, while his voice is so high to be pretty fuckin silly.

thriceequalsgod (July 6, 2003)

"in related news, my mother has a blind student with ADD, and i said 'or DDA to him'. I thought it was funny. blind people are."

asshole...

but then again, theres nothing wrong with being an asshole, as long as you make use of it, and are actually funny.. that was fuckin hillarious.. blind people are funny tho.. haha our stupid fuck of a president waved to stevie wonder... thats the funniest thing ever..

Anonymous (July 6, 2003)

I love fairweather for their spirit, and thats why I love the first album. They were young, pissed off, honest and they f*ckin rocked out the whole time. They didnt give a crap who thought they were emo, cause they were too busy going off. The Brian McTernan recording helped a lot too, because it captured the energy. As far as the new album, I dont really like the new drummer and new guitarist. The lyrics are also pretty mediocre. Most of all, its not fairweather. This album doesnt show off an evolved sound, it shows a completely DIFFERENT sound. The albums pretty good, but its just not fairweather.

Anonymous (July 6, 2003)

I don't get it. What does being fat have to do with the music in ANY way?

funkisdead (July 6, 2003)

http://www.fairweatherva.com/photos/novarupta7/32.jpg

people just stare at this as they listen to the album. puts things in perspective.

funkisdead (July 6, 2003)

i think this is well written... it is a fucking chill album. its definitely a lot more inspired and creative than first record. i'm not saying it was a bad record, but it wasn't anything too thoughtful.
isn't the singer fat? does anyone else find that hilarious? such a fucking high voice for a chubby lad.

Anonymous (July 6, 2003)

actually the cover makes me want to buy some nice cheeba. then maybe i will like this band, then again....

a big 10 for coalesce. or do the next best thing, listen to breather resist.

Ramo

lieutenant (July 6, 2003)

I really admire the cover artwork, as it really interprets the genuine quiddity of this album. Step on it; it's trash.

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

as a long time fan i cant say i dislike the alblum but i was really hopping for something moving in a bit harder of a direction after alaska. the 4 tracks of that alblum probably would have made better on a full lenght i think the makeup of the ep is kind of confusing. but as for lusitania its a solid release better than most stuff of its kind but it shouldnt be turning any heads either

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

I streamed it and really liked it. I'd like to check out the lyrics a little further before buying it, but so far, from what I've heard, it will be in my collection when I get my next paycheck

i-type-poorly (July 5, 2003)

As a fan of this band and huge fan of the Alaska ep i have to say this is boring. I think it's funny how so many people came down on The Mars Volta for bieng boring and not this. i mean 1195, Derivitive Opener, all the long fadeouts. And the title track has too many false endings. There is a lot of padding on this disc that should have been a lenghty EP. I mean there are good songs in there but you have to sludge through so much filler...

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

ahem, i meant i hated there first albums, but i also like the new albums for all the reasons the 'fans' hate the new ones.

in related news, my mother has a blind student with ADD, and i said 'or DDA to him'. I thought it was funny. blind people are.

wyzo

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

maybe im strange, but i hated both fairweather and brand news first records for all the reasons the 'fans' are hating there second records. I'm glad the bad pop punk is gone, and the shitty saves the day crap is out of there systems. thus, i like both 2nd albums by both bands even though I distinctly recall hating them both very much prior.

I really am waiting for them both to say hah, and tell me its an april fools.

I still say the first records by both bands are utter crap.

wyzo

FortyMinutesWest (July 5, 2003)

Hmm, I'm listening to Coalesce right now and that band needs to get back together.

Oh, and I still hate Fairweather.

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

i still say this band does nothing for me. it's funny how they pick that title seeing as both the title and the band are tragedies.

Ramo

inagreendase (July 5, 2003)

from the fucking idiot up top on this post.

" but you can't tell me it keeps your attention much better than a lot of shit people are spilling their sperm over lately. "

but you can't tell me it DOESN'T...

inagreendase (July 5, 2003)

" "music critics and fans alike can agree" implies that this record has been out for a while and has had a lot of people weigh in on it. Isnt this a new release? "

it was more of a prediction than an assertion...and i can understand how a lot of people find this really boring, but you can't tell me it keeps your attention much better than a lot of shit people are spilling their sperm over lately.

on a side note, i just wanted to mention one other thing. the record does flow well after it, but the transition from "Derivative Opener" to the title track might be the worst I've ever heard. it's just the crashing fade and then it abruptly stops and the guitars come in on "lusitania."
That probably dismembered half a star right there.

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

I like this album, but not nearly as much as "If they move..." Maybe it will grow on me some more. But the energy in this one is more subdued, and that was a big part of what made Fairweather good, both on disc and live. I really thought they would go with more of an "Alaska" vibe on this one. But like I said, I do enjoy "Lusitania." The instrumentation is good, and the songs flow together incredibly. But this isn't rockin' out type music. It's music to listen to while driving on a rainy day or to play while you are reading a text book for school, whereas their previous albums were appropriate for everything. I just couldn't see listening to this one while I was on my way to play basketball on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
If there was something between a seven and an eight, that's what this would have gotten. I'm thinking it will continue to grow on me, but I currently hesitate to say it's a 4-star record on a 5-star scale. Regardless, it was worth the ten bucks I paid for it at their show.

Oren

Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

This CD (for me) did the opposite for me that Deja Entendu did.

Deja Entendu turned a band I really didn't like into a band I did enjoy very much.

Lusitania turns Fairweather from a band I enjoyed thoroughly (If They Move...Kill Them was an excellent CD) into a band I really couldn't care elss about.

Love, Dan (theundergroundscene)

Daegan (July 4, 2003)

The score is for the record. Good stuff, but I expected something more aggressive after 'Alaska'.

"jeez, you can tell the reviewer likes emo just by the way he writes......"

I'm sure he apologizes for using too many syllables for your simple brain. :/ I hate you.

adam (July 4, 2003)

"music critics and fans alike can agree" implies that this record has been out for a while and has had a lot of people weigh in on it. Isnt this a new release?

Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

jeez, you can tell the reviewer likes emo just by the way he writes......

FortyMinutesWest (July 4, 2003)

For once I agree with something BSD says, this band is a snorefest.

Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

I thought this record was horribly mediocre. It was just a boring cd to listen to. I was seriously disappoinred.

No_Effort

Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

Hahaha... Only a guy with an SN like yours could like this. I don't know about the CD, but this album makes for one boring live show. I could care less if they know real chords, they're boring as fuck and suck at writing songs.

-BSD

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