The Beautiful Mistake - This Is Who You Are (Cover Artwork)

The Beautiful Mistake

The Beautiful Mistake: This Is Who You AreThis Is Who You Are (2004)
Militia Group

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Building from their success of their retardedly titled, but solid debut Light A Match For I Deserve To Burn (Marketing Director: "So this is really the album title?" Band: "Uh, yeah‚?¶" Marketing Director: "Hellooooooooo emo kids!"), The Beautiful Mistake return with an equally solid, equally average followup.

So what's happened since the last record? Well, they've bought a slew of effects pedals, and they've been listening to a lot of Failure and Hum. I mean‚?¶a lot. I'll put it this way: in the liner notes they give thanks to a bunch of bands for "Friendship and Influence", the last four listed being Failure, Catherine Wheel, Elvis, and U2, all of whose influence shows up distinctly on the record (okay, maybe not Elvis, but you're getting the picture).

Asides from some muted hootin' and hollerin' in "Cold Hearts (For Tired Souls)" and some at the end of "A Safe Place" (which, for the record, is not as good as the demo version that initially appeared on the most recent Plea For Peace comp), there is virtually no more screaming on this ship anymore. What they have managed to do is craft a consistent, more spacey, rock leaning record. While the hooks are not that apparent, they really come out in repeated listenings. Songs like the title track and the first single (whose video is included on the CD. Well shot, but kinda lame‚?¶I seriously recommend checking out the video for "On Building" from their last record‚?¶that was brilliant) and the Snapcase-esque "A Friendly Committee" are extremely catchy tunes. "Wide and Wasted" and "Walking Wounded" mine from the Failure catalogue like nobody's business. So much so that I keep waiting for Ken Andrews to start singing somewhere, even the lead guitar lines are extremely Failure-like. Honestly, the only reason I'm letting this go is a) they're one of the better Failure rip off bands, and b) I really miss Failure. Nothing spectacular or original, yet it really seems like the guys spent a lot of time crafting these songs, adding different layers of atmospherics and textures to their sound. Plus the artwork, like on the debut album, is ridiculously good.

Overall, the record goes from average to good at times. Not that amazing, but it's ok. Looks like Cave-In's got some competition in the "wannabe-Failure" category now.


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Anonymous (September 29, 2004)

all you fags really keep doin is mention thursday. Probably that's all that you listen to and fuck at night. Thursday this and thursday that. You think everyday is a thursday. geez go back to school and learn your calendar, and you'll learn to appreciate music you can never make yourself.

Anonymous (September 10, 2004)

I went to the lead singers wedding. = ) His wife is my ballet/jazz teacher.

Anonymous (May 9, 2004)

tbm are a great band, period. they keep pushing the envelope, and aren't doing what everyone else is. there simply one step ahead of the game. the lyrics are honest, from the heart, and aren't typical like all the other bands. the chemistry between both guitarists are like no other. there should be more original and true bands like them! rock!!!

Anonymous (April 26, 2004)

great new cd! it's nice to hear a band that has good influences. i hear snapcase, quicksand and failure. good times.

Anonymous (April 19, 2004)

I just picked this up, and overall, I think it's very good. I thought most of their first album was derivative crap, but many of the songs here are catchy and well-written, all are of top-notch production value, and several are decidedly awesome. Only major complaint is the lyrical content, much of which is simple, as far as I can tell. Track #1 is a great song.

Anonymous (April 19, 2004)

awesome record. Im glad the space sound is back, a lot of bands like Cave In, Beloved, Narcissus, Hopesfall and Muse are playing prog stuff, which is cool.

Anonymous (April 18, 2004)

They obviously were following the fad if they were screaming before. And now they realize the fad is to get away from all this screaming bullshit. These dipshits dont know how to think for themselves and come up with something new.

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

Awesome CD. To those who are depressed that the screaming is gone, I'm sorry a band isn't following your fad.

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

U2 is one of the greatest bands in the history of rock music.

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

I love the new CD! I pick up on Hum and Failure influence but in no way is it "ripping" those bands off.
At least they aren't influenced by Taking Back Sunday or Thursday...both of which suck in my opinion.

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

I dont really take this review as a personal attack on the band. He isnt talking about the induvidual members or anything. The reviewer doesnt like the band and made points to back up why. People dont always praise what they review. Otherwise reviews would be pointless, everyone would just be blowing hot air up the asses of bands that already have over inflated egos. Just because you like it doesnt mean everyone is, thus you cant really try to say someone is wrong when they say they like or dislike a band without becoming a music nazi. You can state you like it and give the reasons for why you do. I think you gotta remember that everyone is coming at bands from a different direction, maybe this is something new to you and you are impressed, maybe someone has heard a million bands like this and they are tired of dime a dozen bands, maybe they hate any music remotely like this. thats the beauty of opinion, no one is right or wrong.


Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

The review seemed like a personal stab at TBM. I have the record and I happen to think it is pretty good, especially since this album a) has some great songs and b) sounds nothing like most of the emo crap that is out there. Kudos to them for doing what they want and to bad for you that the best you could do was to trash them for doing something different.
You should re-name your site "my-closed-minded-wanna-be-punk-news.org"

FortyMinutesWest (April 16, 2004)

"Go buy some...Stooges and Rolling Stones."

"Those bands don't make songs I enjoy listening to."

Basically sums up whats wrong with kids today. They would rather listen to some dipshit's course screaming than Mick or Iggy.
Nice job kids."

Maybe the 'kids' would be more accepting of these bands if people like you weren't such condescending blowhards. If they don't like the Stones it's their perogative, and there's nothing you can say that can change it. It doesn't make you better.

Oh, and for the record, this band blows.

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

TBM is great...they don't snort coke off toliet seats like thursday

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

You people just reminded me why i haven't come to this site in 2 months. didnt your mothers teach you not to talk with dicks in your mouths???

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

"Go buy some...Stooges and Rolling Stones."

"Those bands don't make songs I enjoy listening to."

Basically sums up whats wrong with kids today. They would rather listen to some dipshit's course screaming than Mick or Iggy.
Nice job kids.

Anonymous (April 15, 2004)

so these guys aim in life is pretty much to do this? huh. what a valuable contribution to the benefit of the world.

I'm going to collect doodles and pretend im christ.

bill christ, not the other one.


joshuaXhollywood (April 15, 2004)

this band blows, i saw them open for senses fail and me and my friend started wailing in that low pitched voice he does - and our friend thought we were actually singing along...thats how fucking generic and predicatable this band is

Icapped2pac (April 15, 2004)

"go buy some MC5, Television, Rocket From The Tombs, Stooges and Rolling Stones"

Shut the fuck up, please. Those bands don't make songs I (or many other former and current Beautiful Mistake fans for that matter) enjoy listening to. Nobody's telling you to listen to these guys. Go sit on a pitchfork.

And to my fellow Ace-Deucer Joseph, could you please tell me why, in your opinion, they changed their style so much from the first album? Me and many of my friends loved the first album, but this one will end up as a CD-R coaster on our coffee tables. That's not to say I don't like mellow music (Elliott's one of my favorite bands of all time), I just don't like bland, unmemorable music like what's on this disc.

Anonymous (April 15, 2004)

in fact, i think i will right now.

p.s. the beautiful mistake sucks.

Anonymous (April 15, 2004)

i would much rather listen to "do you know who you are?" by texas is the reason.

Anonymous (April 15, 2004)

Hey...to cocksucker below......dump all this emo shit....go buy some MC5, Television, Rocket From The Tombs, Stooges and Rolling Stones...its time you dumbass kids get your eduacation.

This Schtick bullshit is not "amazing".

Anonymous (April 15, 2004)

you people are disgusting. you are either sucking the dicks of thursday (who happened to release the same record twice but call their new one "war all the time") or heralding some "cool" scene band as the next "big thing". you are the same people who said the beautiful mistake ripped thursday on their last record and now have found another way to slag what is a really good band.
i have their new cd and it does not rip off failure. it does not rip off hum. influence? yes of course but it must be quite easy for you, the reviewer, to label and stop thinking so you can have the nice review posted on this shitty site. it really is laughable but oh well. i am glad TBM is not a "cool" scene band who dick you suck after getting in on their guestlist. they have integrity and they work hard and their hardwork has shown on their new cd. great songs. great texture. total progression. good for them. your still the same, sad fuck.

ann arbor, mi.

Anonymous (April 15, 2004)

you guys are hating this band because they are christians. you should know better.

Anonymous (April 15, 2004)

I dont know about beautiful...but this shit sure is a mistake........ayyy!

Anonymous (April 14, 2004)

lame is what this is

Anonymous (April 14, 2004)

Good review. You're right.

Anonymous (April 14, 2004)

Old u2 kicks ass

Icapped2pac (April 14, 2004)

"And by the way, the chorus of the last track doesnt start with calm hands, but cold hands."

Whoops, my bad. As you can probably tell then, I didn't buy the album so I didn't read the lyrics. Downloading rules because it saves me from buying CDs I wouldnt have liked anyway.

Anonymous (April 14, 2004)


Anonymous (April 14, 2004)

I wonder how many of their fans have nautical star tattoos. As far as my hatred is concerned emo concerts are the new raves.

Anonymous (April 14, 2004)

this album is amazing. all of you fuckers canned them for ripping off thursday on their last record...now this? give them a fucking break! this new cd is amazing with anthemic songs and great guitar work and vocal work.
critics...always finding something to bitch about.

Anonymous (April 14, 2004)

First, YOTR is an awesome band, so are failure and hum. I think the new album is pure gold, exept for My Reminder which is kinda deja vu. I really love the new spacey guitar sound, but kinda miss the mosh of anonymous vs. california. And by the way, the chorus of the last track doesnt start with calm hands, but cold hands. god bless yall.

Anonymous (April 14, 2004)

what the fuck why did the band have to change. I popped this cd in my car stereo and assured my friend it would rock. After three songs i said "what the fuck" I want the screaming back.

Anonymous (April 14, 2004)

damn i liked their screaming

bluetunehead (April 14, 2004)

old U2 is fucking amazing.

slippy (April 13, 2004)

cave in is miles and miles ahead of this band. c'mon isnt it obvious?

Anonymous (April 13, 2004)

i miss the screaming from light a match. the drum beats arent nearly as interesting as the first album and the guitar rifts are nearly as edgy. however, it is still a pretty good album with just a changed style from hardcore emo to straight up emo. so overall its worth having but not as good as the first.

gatecrasher (April 13, 2004)

score is for the art inside the booklet.

The album is okay.

ElVaquero (April 13, 2004)

Catherine Wheel sucks.
U2 really fucking sucks.

Elvis rules.

This band has made a terrible mistake.

Anonymous (April 13, 2004)

I've always been a huge fan of the Beautiful Mistake, and I think their newest album shows why. Amazingly well put-together songs that will fill any fan with hope and joy. True brilliance.

Icapped2pac (April 13, 2004)

I absolutely loved the 1st album, and I like Failure's music quite a bit too. That said, this one fell WAY below my expectations. The guitar sound is completely different and lost any edge it had, and the drums got considerably weaker too (may be because of the new drummer). I don't really miss the screaming at all as the guy's voice was awful at times, but they didn't need to completely strip the music of what nuts it had. At least now if I go see them live again, this CD should turn the scuzzy metalheads away so I won't have to risk contracting scabies.

And how about them biting Elliott on the chorus to the last song? "Calm are the hands of the blessed Americans" is the line. Maybe it's a subtle nod to the greatness that was "False Cathedrals", which would be cool.

irish_joo (April 13, 2004)

If my band had two influences, I would make them Failure and Hum. Too bad this sucks.

Anonymous (April 13, 2004)

this score is for year of the rabbit. saw them open for thursday, and i sat down in the middle of the pit. and fell asleep.

funny how i never hear anything about that band. hadn't heard of them before i saw them, and haven't heard of them since.

whoever made the decision to take them out on tour is an idiot.

light a match, for they deserve to burn. in hell.

Anonymous (April 13, 2004)

i'll 3rd that rabbit comment. man what a snooze fest. like kurt cobain singing that cave in record but worse.

Anonymous (April 13, 2004)

has anyone heard of Fire When Ready...if yes tell me if theyre good bc im seeing them with Poulain tommorow

bluetunehead (April 13, 2004)

i second that comment about Year Of The Rabbit. when i saw them they opened with a Cure cover, and i thought that maybe they'd be alright, but that was the only remotely interesting thing they did. the rest was generic grunge angst rock. no thanks.

Anonymous (April 13, 2004)

i hear The Beautiful Mistake like FREESTYLE WALKING

inagreendase (April 13, 2004)

Year of the Rabbit (ex-Failure) is the most boring band I've ever seen live.

Anonymous (April 13, 2004)

no youre a cigarette

Anonymous (April 13, 2004)

hellloooooooooo emo kids ! first! fags!

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