The Pale Pacific - Gravity Gets Things Done (Cover Artwork)

The Pale Pacific

The Pale Pacific: Gravity Gets Things DoneGravity Gets Things Done (2004)
Sidecho Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: CaraKCaraK
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The very first chords in "Space To Move," the first track of the Pale's "Gravity Gets Things Done," grabbed me. At first, I wasn't sure if they grabbed me just because they sounded like a familiar Death Cab or Pedro the Lion Song. Actually, more than one time, I found myself wondering if a few of .
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The very first chords in "Space To Move," the first track of the Pale's "Gravity Gets Things Done," grabbed me. At first, I wasn't sure if they grabbed me just because they sounded like a familiar Death Cab or Pedro the Lion Song. Actually, more than one time, I found myself wondering if a few of the songs were even cover songs, because they just sounded so damn familiar. Regardless of the fact that some of these songs are not the most original, I still found myself liking it, and even singing along after a few listens. And, thus, The Pale began to take hold.

Upon a quick or shallow first listen to this record, you might not remember the album and simply pass it off as unoriginal. Honestly, I don't think this CD is anything that is going to blow your mind away, either. But that's not what it is meant to do. And that is part of the appeal. I like that the band keeps its simple. They don't strive to make this an outrageous album or something totally "different." More often than not, those kinds of albums fail, anyway. This music is not pretentious. They are not trying to impress listeners with strange time signatures or Mixolydian mode scale patterns. This album succeeds because it is simple, it is fairly poppy and easy to listen to, and because these musicians do a good job making everything come together. I am not trying to negate the abilities of The Pale. In fact, I am trying to highlight them.

So, now that I have explained why this album is good, you find yourself asking, "Okay, but what does it sound like?" Think of a poppier version of Death Cab for Cutie (such as "The Sound of Settling" off of Transatlanticism) mixed with a bit of The Rocket Summer and perhaps a little bit of Jimmy Eat World. While the lyrics are not always ingenious, they hold up for the most part. There are a few lines that could use some work, such as "I need this like I need a kick in the knees." They're not exactly poets, but in some ways the simplicity of their lyrics is also refreshing. It's nice not to always have song lyrics that are so bizarre that you can't relate to them. I think it is safe to say that almost everyone will be able to relate to The Pale's lyrics. Now whether that is a good or bad thing is up to you. The singer goes back and forth between sounding a bit like Bryce Avary (The Rocket Summer) and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) in vocal melodies. One of the highlights of the CD is the trombone on "Wake-Up Call," which adds a nice touch to the song and helps to make it one of my favorites on the album. Other highlights are "Space To Move," a poppy number and a good track to start out the album. "Reasons To Try" is also one of my favorites, complete with "bop bop bop" back up vocals (I love cheesy back up vocals like that), and the last track "Stop/Start" (also a favorite) ends the album quite well: a soft, melancholy song, with lyrics like "I'm still sad every day. But I've never been so broken and still so alive" and "I'm growing old before your eyes."

Don't listen to this album if you are looking for something weird, or totally "different." Listen to "Gravity Gets Things Done" if you are looking a for a refreshingly simple album with music that is easy to listen to, lyrics that are easy to relate to, and hooks that you can sing along to.


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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 (February 11, 2005)

its 1 the least you can give because this band really sucks!!!!!1

Anonymous (January 22, 2004)

i get it.

Jesse (January 22, 2004)

They still suck...ZING!

This score is for me.

Anonymous (January 22, 2004)

hey shitbird, your math sucks. they self-released a compilation of their early songs in 1997 - the same year as death cab's first record. the pale has been around since about '94. back to my point...if you didn't live in bellingham you didn't know. the pale came up in the same scene with death cab. just save the term 'biter' for those that deserve it. this band has been busting their ass for years.

Jesse (January 21, 2004)

Okay, they sound like Death Cab, and their earliest release is 1999. Death Cab's first release was in 1998. Do the math.

This score is for unintelligent comments.

Anonymous (January 21, 2004)

this band has been around since before death cab. they've been in bellingham, WA forever...almost predating jimmy eat world too. dudes voice is good. try widening your point of reference kids. jimmy eat world and the get up kids are not the 2 polar extremes of describing a musical sound.

blood_brothers_are_good (January 21, 2004)

i would compare this band more jimmy eat world than death cab for cutie

Anonymous (January 21, 2004)

gravity gets a kick in the arse

soulbleed (January 21, 2004)

heh, as much as i hate the users on this site, some of them are right about this one. this is an obvious ripoff. stick to the originals, they last longer.

Jesse (January 21, 2004)

This is the biggest Death Cab rip-off ever. Hugely! It's a few guys trying to be Death Cab. Only problem is, I like Death Cab...so...we'll just pretend I never heard this. The lyrics aren't as good as Death Cab...

Now I'm listening to the other song they have on their site. It doesn't sound like Death Cab. It sounds like Ben Gibbard doing Weezer. Weak.

I'm changing my score from 5 to a 3.

Anonymous (January 21, 2004)


Anonymous (January 21, 2004)

weak shit

Anonymous (January 21, 2004)

i got some promo stuff from them at a show last week.

Anonymous (January 20, 2004)

"Is this "dumb band names week"?"


Katie4213 (January 20, 2004)

boring live show.

Anonymous (January 20, 2004)

Is this "dumb band names week"?


Anonymous (January 20, 2004)

"they sounded like a familiar Death Cab or Pedro the Lion Song."

Yuck. Memo to self: do not buy record.

Anonymous (January 20, 2004)

suprisingly good cd.

Ted_The_Bellhop (January 20, 2004)

I found this band randomly a couple of months ago and checked out some MP3's on their site and they were really good.

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