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Elliott

Elliott: False CathedralsFalse Cathedrals (2000)
Revelation Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: bringbacktheboyiusedtobebringbacktheboyiused
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This is my favorite CD of all time. I can not do this album and the beauty that it is justice with any grouping of words, yet this review will probably be very long since I could talk about this album forever... Elliott created the perfect album with False Cathedrals, I really believe it. Produ.
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This is my favorite CD of all time. I can not do this album and the beauty that it is justice with any grouping of words, yet this review will probably be very long since I could talk about this album forever...

Elliott created the perfect album with False Cathedrals, I really believe it. Production is top notch. The art work is beautiful. And the music contained inside is the most moving collection of songs I have ever heard. Every song is covered in beauty, layered and played to perfection. The band took their "old" sound (a spacey mix of rock and punk; spacey enough to send you into that kind of trance beautiful music puts you in, but not to spacey to leave you floating in layers of guitars bored to death) and turned up the spaceyness (not a word). But not in a bad way.

Spacey in a way that just makes you close your eyes and feel like you're floating, feel like everything is ok and everything is beautiful. Chris has got one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard, I swear he has the voice of an angel. His voice, suttle guitars and perfectly utilized piano and effects leave you in the air, but the drumming and second guitar are what keep you from floating away into bordom. The drum work on this album is some of the best I've ever heard, it really keeps the songs grounded and flowing, and is essential to the beauty of this album. While one guitar delicately plays riffs and notes that are beautiful and dreamy, the other keeps everything together and keeps things from getting lost.

The beginning of the album is more dreamy and beautiful than the second half, tracks 1-5 contain more piano and overall are slower and not as heavy as other songs. Track 6, Lipstick Stigmata, brings in more of a heavier and back to earth kind of feeling. There are a few soft tunes thrown in, but nothing as beautiful and layered as the begining tracks. The later songs are more bare in a way; the band sheds some of the piano and effects and harkens back to their old sound a little.

While 1-5 are some of the most beautiful and dreamy tracks the band has ever written, the last 4 tracks are I think the most interesting and creative songs the band has ever written. Superstitions In Travel is a half acoustic song that starts out with a very raw and bare sound, only to transform into a fully realized semi-rocker. Carving Oswego isn't very different, a standard Elliott song, but there is just something about it that stands out and makes it different. It's probably my favorite track on the album. Lie Close starts out with some great drumming, and is the heaviest and most rocking track on the album. The last minute of the song is totally amazing. And the final track Speed of Film sums up the entire album in a way, it's a perfect mix of the two sides of the album, a perfect blend of the dreamy and the rock.

False Cathedrals is probably the most beautiful piece of music I've heard so far in my life. No matter how I feel or what has happened, I can listen to this album and escape. False Cathedrals and Elliott are a piece of me, and have had an impact on my life. This album means something to me, and is a truly great acomplishment. It may not touch you like it has me, but regardless, False Cathedrals is beautiful and amazing album that you will more than likely enjoy.

 

 
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pure_west102 (August 12, 2006)

This album gets the same reaction everywhere I read about it.
I agree in every aspect of this review.

Personally, this album is near and dear to my heart.
As a band, Elliott is just unparalleled.

It's easy to say that about so many bands that are huge or are big sellers at Hot Topic or something because everyone wants to be cool and say something nice about a band so they look cool and 'scene' as well.

Elliott has garnered not only praise, but cultivated love and stayed out of the mainstream.
However, this is one of the only bands I have a problem with NOT making it big.
This band was too good and needed to be in the mainstream to raise the bar for every single artist out there. Guaranteed if Elliott was big for this album, Coldplay would look like a bunch of children, and Radiohead would look decent instead of brilliant (don't get me wrong though, I actually really dig both of those bands).
Elliott is simply astounding.

Anonymous (February 6, 2006)

breathtaking,
too bad they've called it quits.
song in the air was brilliant as well.

Benjamine (May 12, 2005)

Elliott is freakin' awesome! I don't care what all those other kisamas think...I think Elliott shoul've been more well known, more famous. Ya get what I'm saying? Anyway, this album is certainly the best from Elliott. It's exactly what I'm thinking about this band in the review. Great review! And to FYE...you guys suck ass because you wouldn't let me order an Elliott CD. Later, peace!

P.S. Just so you didn't get the hint...ELLIOTT ROCKS!

hitlerbadzakgood (January 7, 2004)

haha! your screen name is bringbacktheboyiused!? nice one michael!

Kurt_F (January 6, 2004)

I think it might be a little hard for Elliot to "do better" considering they broke up...

Jwdanperci (January 5, 2004)

Okay fuckers...yes the album was good...but I still belive Elliott has it in them to do beter...and they will. Of course it's their best out, by my standards but this whole perfect 10 shit has got to stop

SOYBOMB (January 5, 2004)

Hahahaha

Anonymous (January 5, 2004)

"Your name as it's displayed on the review is less emotastic and more pedotastic."

Hhahahahahhahahahahahhaa.

True, true.

-BSD

SOYBOMB (January 5, 2004)

"OK, I don't have much room to talk about usernames, but "bringbacktheboyiusedtobe"?

What kind of emo-tacular shit is this? Grow the fuck up.

-sickboi
(in a bad mood, stuck at work on a Saturday morning)"

I don't give a fuck about anything else that has to do with this review and the posts that surround it, but this single entry has to be the funniest shit i've EVER read here.

Great job.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

PetroBPettson (January 4, 2004)

I had a friend named Elliott when I was in middle school. His parents traveled the country selling drag racing memoribila at car shows.

Anonymous (January 4, 2004)

"and why do people with opinions think they are right?"

hahah. what are you talking about?

Anonymous (December 30, 2003)

you all suck so much...i havent heard this cd but i dont even need to...i just count how many people talk shit about it and then i know its good.

why are message boards so negitive

and why do people with opinions thing they are right

kyle

Anonymous (December 30, 2003)

tsol is the starting line right?

Anonymous (December 29, 2003)

"As for the review, I agree with you 100% on how absolutely incredible and prefect this album is. It's definitely my #2 of all time. Truly beautiful music that, if you listen closely enough, rocks too. If you own the newest album and don't own this, like Jeru said, you're playin yourself. If I could, I've give this one an 11 out of 10."

How fitting for someone who didn't know what TSOL stood for. DORK!

-Elite-BSD

greenandtangerine (December 29, 2003)

Why not 12 out of 10? Or 165 out of 10. Or might as well -65 out of 10.

Icapped2pac (December 29, 2003)

"Seen them live. Damn nearly fell asleep."

Well you sure as shit didn't see them before they lost 1/2 of the US Songs lineup, they would've rocked your ass to Russia.

As for the review, I agree with you 100% on how absolutely incredible and prefect this album is. It's definitely my #2 of all time. Truly beautiful music that, if you listen closely enough, rocks too. If you own the newest album and don't own this, like Jeru said, you're playin yourself. If I could, I've give this one an 11 out of 10.

Anonymous (December 29, 2003)

a perfect 10. midtown doesn't come anywhere near this. jackass.

-nfgrawker

Anonymous (December 29, 2003)

nice unbiased review.

FortyMinutesWest (December 29, 2003)

"thanks for the discordance axis review. good stuff. "

I do what I can. I put that off for about 3 months, but it finally got done.

I don't know if the bolding should come back, maybe a little punknews logo by the reviewers name would be more appropriate.

Anonymous (December 29, 2003)

yeah, this album is good, like a 7-8. i think all "favorite album" reviews should be just fucking banned, i couldn't make it past the first couple paragraphs even though i've heard all of the songs numerous times.

the last couple weeks of reviews have really been getting on my nerves; i see all these classic albums reviewed and i get excited. too bad all of the reviews are poorly written and boring as hell.

maybe we were all too hasty in destroying the bold-system? maybe something a little less drastic, say a asterik or a seperate column for staff reviews. by the way, thanks for the discordance axis review. good stuff.

and the user name made me laugh at least, there's a credit. greenvandal? i think of mexican wrestling for some reason... but 70's anime is badass too.

last bit, i might have to write a review sometime soon if no one else has heard of the mexican band panda. i just got their latest cd for christmas and it is some good stuff... i think i might be the only person here who knows about this kinda wacky shit though... someone say they know this so i don't have to do the work of writing (big gasp/sigh here) my third review.

whatever.

-el vaquero

Anonymous (December 28, 2003)

Fuckin faggot with shit in parenthesis

(YEAH YOU, QUEERBAIT)

Anonymous (December 28, 2003)

"This is my favorite CD of all time."

After that, I kinda lost interest...

--Cos

Anonymous (December 28, 2003)

get really high and listen to this album. drugs make things so much better than they actually are.

GreenVandal (December 28, 2003)

So im a wrestler who likes cradle of filth? kikass!

I always thought of a cheesy 70's anime or somehting along those lines.

FortyMinutesWest (December 28, 2003)

Your name as it's displayed on the review is less emotastic and more pedotastic.

bringbacktheboyiusedtobe (December 27, 2003)

The screen name is from a Braid song (Eulalia, Eulalia). Emo-tacular or not, Braid is awesome.

Thanks for fixing the reviews.

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

cradle of filth? why? just because he said goth??

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

im seeing the agency reunion
today..... no one here has better news than that

Romeo (December 27, 2003)

Yeah me too, kinda odd. Old wrestling like 80s style.

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

For some reason, Greenvandal makes me thing of pro-wrestling.

-sickboi

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

when i hear greenvandal i hear cradle of filth

Romeo (December 27, 2003)

Coming from someone else.. is this ablum actually any good? The review was good but over hyped.

GreenVandal (December 27, 2003)

hahahahahaha

go sickboi go!

We all should have cool wanabe goth names like yours right?

When I hear sickboi....I hear slipknot

ZING

its all in fun kids.

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

OK, I don't have much room to talk about usernames, but "bringbacktheboyiusedtobe"?

What kind of emo-tacular shit is this? Grow the fuck up.

-sickboi
(in a bad mood, stuck at work on a Saturday morning)

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

i don't like their singer's voice... very silly. the songs are decent, but this is just cheese pop.
not snore core.
cheese pop.

bringbacktheboyiusedtobe (December 27, 2003)

Um...I wrote this review and the Appleseed Cast review, not the Against me and the other review...I gave the wrong screen name thingy, but the right e-mail addy. it was ask024@yahoo.com. Sorry, could this be fixed maybe? no big deal...

and this album is really meaningful to me, so I do get carried away when I talk about it... so the review is a little bias and repetitive...but the record is still amazing and you should still own it.

CallingLondon (December 27, 2003)

you sure did say the word "beautiful" a lot.

i have thier latest album, and it is indeed quite a good album. i wouldn't quite say it's the best album i've ever heard, like you did with this one, but it's really good. of course, i'm a big U2 fan, which seems to be a pretty big influence on them.

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

Seen them live. Damn nearly fell asleep.

ilikebandssuchasopivy (December 26, 2003)

Heh. Snore-core.

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

Dear Andy,
Cool it with the hyperbole. Quit embarrassing yourself. Get out of the game with some dignity intact.

Sincerely,
Kwanza Keith

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

This album is great for road trips at night and going sleep. I love this album.

ashton (December 26, 2003)

Jo gat ponkt

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

stong = strong
suttle = subtle

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

Alot of people are gonna pull the "emo-wuss" card on this one but it is a truly great album.

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

STOP WHINING

-Arnold Schwarzenegger

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

What the fuck is this, "Perfect review rating week?"

Oh yeah, this band helped define "snore-core". Bor-ing.

-sickboi

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