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Superstitions Of The Sky

Superstitions Of The Sky: Absolutely NothingAbsolutely Nothing (2003)
One Day Savior

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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I'm pretty sure the first time I heard this band was on a One Day Savior sampler that I had picked up at Hellfest. The sampler itself was pretty forgettable, but one song did stick out for me. That song was "Who Needs Pennsylvania Anyway?," a very solid acoustic track. So I decided to do a bit of.
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I'm pretty sure the first time I heard this band was on a One Day Savior sampler that I had picked up at Hellfest. The sampler itself was pretty forgettable, but one song did stick out for me. That song was "Who Needs Pennsylvania Anyway?," a very solid acoustic track.

So I decided to do a bit of research, and was able to find out that Superstitions Of The Sky is a two-piece acoustic set featuring Vadim of This Day Forward and Josh of Hot Cross. Not exactly the two most likely candidates for mellow acoustic music, but it works. Turns out they had already released an album on Robotic Empire titled Things Said In Passing. I wasn't able to hunt down a copy of that until much after I got this album, so we'll forget about it. The album wasn't set to release until a few months later, so I got it as soon as it came out.

Disappointed isn't a great word here, slighty let down maybe? Don't get me wrong -- this is a solid album, but after hearing only that one song I was expecting more from this.

The album starts off very well with one of the standout tracks, "Tonight." Now, Josh only sings background once in a great while on Hot Cross records, so I wasn't sure how well he would hold up on an album essentially sang by himself. And as this song would have you think, quite well actually. The next song, "Oh, Those Eyes" is also a standout track; one of my favorites, actually. Josh does have quite a range to his voice, and a real honest, authentic quality to it. Lyrically is where this album falters first. It's just not anything worth raving about. It's pretty standard fare, and is actually pretty dry. Not horrible, but nothing I'm going to sit here and praise.

"Dove Song" continues the collection of excellent songs on this album, and for a time, that's where it stops. "Burning Bridges," "Building Music," "Things Said In Passing," and "We Accept The Love We Think We Deserve" are pretty forgettable, and unfortunately so. Just as you think things are really picking up with "Dove Song," the next four are just...boring, as best as I can put it. You can listen to them all the way through without wanting to turn it off, but compared to the first three tracks, they really are a let down. Worst of all is the inclusion of electric guitar. This album would be so much better for me if it was entirely acoustic, as the first album was. Electric guitar is in fact present on most songs in the album, but "Things Said In Passing" is where it's most apparent. There's some nice inclusions of piano, violin, and bells throughout this album, but the electric guitar is wholly unecessary.

Worst however is the last song on the album, "'Feathers And Knives." This is done with a full band, bass and drums included, and just doesn't fit in with the overall mood and somber tone of the album. I really, really could have done without this song.

As I was to later find out, the first album showed so much promise, and it's just not realized here. These guys could release some amazing stuff, and if you want my honest opinion, and you do, since you're still reading, pick up their first album Things Said In Passing if you're lucky enough to find it. This is absolutely worth a listen, and I still do dust this off from time to time, unfortunately it's only for half the record. It's definitely listenable, and enjoyable the entire way through, but had they kept it entirely acoustic, and tweaked a few minor items, so much more could have been done.

 


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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 (April 13, 2006)

a truly rhythmic album, solid in sound and lyric. i'm not sure how you can detest any of there songs. No one has truly amounted to the integrity and heart put into each recording. I can't wait until there new album is released :)

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

Honestly, this review was shitty.

Their first release 'Things Said In Passing' was a starting point for the band. They've matured with their next release of 'Absolutely Nothing.'

And their lyrics are better than most bands out there.

Anonymous (March 13, 2005)

that was a review from someone who obviously doesn't understand the music they've created i have both things said in passing, absolutely nothing, and the Robotic Empire Sampler from 2002 (sond#11is tonight, #22 things said in passing)older recordings. Don't get me wrong the first cd was solid hearts break they dont bend is amazing! i just think with this new cd they just created somethin no one can compare to yet.

Anonymous (December 19, 2004)

This score is for the band name alone.

inagreendase (December 18, 2004)

Live reviews take precedent over anything else. I'm sure a good portion of the people who come to the site have already formulated an opinion on End Hits by now.

Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

I was replying to Jesse's comment that no one had submitted anything as of late. Chill....

-Chinatown

Anchors (December 18, 2004)

Dude, I wrote these all in a day, and submitted them about 3-4 weeks ago.

It takes a while for your stuff to get put up somtetimes. That While They Slept review from a few weeks ago was written in September, and didn't get put up until December. Just be patient.

Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

Last week I submitted two reviews: "Fugazi--End Hits" and "Eighteen Visions--Vanity."

I absolutely trashed Eighteen Visions, and yeah, they're a horrible band, so I understand posting that review is by no means urgent.

I don't mean to sound narcissistic, but I think that my Fugazi review is at least more important than a piss-poor account of a Ducky Boys gig (no disrespect to the Boys).

-Chinatown

Anonymous (December 17, 2004)

Because he has nothing better to do with his time besides review CDs on his own merit and no one else has submitted anything recently.

-Jesse

Anchors (December 17, 2004)

I don't know man.

It's jackpot day, and I didn't even have to go to the Casino.

Anonymous (December 17, 2004)

How come Anchors gets all the reviews?......

-Chinatown

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