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Days Like These

Days Like These: Charity Burns GreenCharity Burns Green (2004)
Lobster Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: KirbyPuckettKirbyPuckett
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If the Juliana Theory teamed up with a good lyricist then wised up and realized they weren't rock stars this is the record they would end up releasing. It's hard to tell that this is a debut release from this group of friends out of Vineland, New Jersey. Vocalist Angel Santiago's voice is mature.
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If the Juliana Theory teamed up with a good lyricist then wised up and realized they weren't rock stars this is the record they would end up releasing.

It's hard to tell that this is a debut release from this group of friends out of Vineland, New Jersey. Vocalist Angel Santiago's voice is mature and commanding, blending the wide range of Brett Detarâ??s from the Juliana Theory to the soothing harmonic sounds of former Further Seems Forever front man Jason Gleason. The lyrics that he liberates on "Charity Burns Green" are sincere and passionate as he follows a theme that leans on greed.

"Fix their eyes so they can see / The heartland is turning green. Fix their eyes so they can see / Showing the lives they'll never lead."

The compelling front side of the band is not left alone; his backing counterparts bring a big rock sound not often found in Indie Rock. From the intro to "The Dawning" to the conclusion of "Love Spell" the four musicians that make up the rhythm section relinquish an amazing performance throughout this album's duration. The band has the ability to create a sound that would leave modern rock bands Hoobastank and Incubus quivering in their pants (Preparation: Anxiety, One In One Thousand), then quickly transforming into a styling that gives Brand New a run for their money (Beneath the Surface, Threefold), then touching things up with an acoustic song (In Time) that begs for Matt Pryor to question his strings. Behind all the guitars, bass, and drums is a keyboardist that fits perfectly into the mix and really finalizes this impressive group.

Just about everything from this record is good, from the music itself to the beautiful artwork. The album comes together nicely with a smooth flow, my complaint would be there's no standout track, but there isn't a terrible one either. This is one of the most surprising and energetic releases of 2004 thus far. Be sure to make a spot on your CD rack for Days Like These.

 


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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 (March 15, 2006)

Hence Reverie is the best fuckin band coming out of south jersey!

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

Hence Reverie!!!!

Anonymous (November 19, 2005)

Days Like These is an awesome band! A lol Both their albums are kickin!

Anonymous (August 15, 2004)

i live around vineland (B TOWN) ive been seeing these guys for a long time wit Losing Ground n shit and they have grown alot i didnt like their music for a long time then i bout the album after losing ground last show and i was impressed keep on "Indie Rocking" easpecialy ronny.

vern says hi

Anonymous (May 16, 2004)

I love you guys...your album is the best, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!! ...Love Jenn

Anonymous (April 13, 2004)

Good album days like these. what the hell is hence reverie?

Anonymous (April 13, 2004)

Fuckin' A. doesnt get much better than this.

Anonymous (April 5, 2004)

not to bad, but they're no hence reverie

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

this score is for the failed abortion that is you

Icapped2pac (March 25, 2004)

"this shits so bad. they aren't even from long island.

--the movielife"

This score is for the new Official Lamest Gimmick.

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

this shits so bad. they aren't even from long island.

--the movielife

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

Some staff reviewer should start writing Hemingway-style reviews. That way, no one would be accused of sounding pretentious or biased.

lieutenant (March 24, 2004)

Haha, inagreendase, you're alright!

Nothing like a compliment from a complete stranger over the Internet, huh?

Modern (March 24, 2004)

Nothing new, but its done well.

inagreendase (March 23, 2004)

C'mon lieutenant, you KNOW how solid a contest that is...

kirbypuckett (March 23, 2004)

Thanks lieutenant, but I wish I was half as articulate as Brian (greeniepants) was.

- Kirby

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

Is FortyMinutesWest a reviewer?? I like his reviews, cos he's HardCore!

-bemused-

lieutenant (March 23, 2004)

I was thinking when I read this, "Why isn't this guy a staff reviewer?", I have seen him around much longer than the other reviewers that get free discs, example, I've always felt that Kirby has a certain class that inagreendase could only wish for, in and out of the review pages (come on, inagreendase asked if he could still enter contests as a 'staff' reviewer...)

Icapped2pac (March 23, 2004)

Speaking of Lobster, anybody heard anything on Staring Back's singer situation?

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

This score is for the album title alone.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

Lobster is a great label

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

good to know that by churning out a bunch of mediocre uninspired reviews, you can become staff. pretty professional operation you got here.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

3rd. Yea. Now what suckas.

pastepunk (March 23, 2004)

Dead on review, though I think the title track is worthy of 'standout' compliments, along with the first track, 'the dawning.' Considering how young the guys in DLT are, I think their potential is frightning for their next release. I posted a quick free-form interview with these guys over the weekend, check it out. - Jordan.

maverick (March 23, 2004)

And with this review [and the other 3 by him in this update], please welcome KirbyPuckett to the reviews staff!

-Scott

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