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Circle Takes The Square: Circle Takes The SquareCircle Takes The Square (2003)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing more important for a band than having an impressive debut album. It can either launch your career into something more, or if done poorly, make very sure that your career never even leaves the ground. In the case of Savannah, Georgia's Circle Takes The Square,.
As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing more important for a band than having an impressive debut album. It can either launch your career into something more, or if done poorly, make very sure that your career never even leaves the ground. In the case of Savannah, Georgia's Circle Takes The Square, the former occured, as this first EP set the stage wonderfully for their masterpiece breakthrough in 2004, As The Roots Undo. There's so many pitfalls that can be made on a debut: poor production, being too ambitious, not being ambitious enough, and subsquently becoming another bands carbon copy. Luckily for everyone involved, Circle Takes The Square manages to avoid everything that can go wrong and create a truly impressive piece of music.
Whispers invoke the artists of this tragically seemless, ill fated tapestry, blistered fingers are tending their loom. / She collects the strands to braid into life. / Logging the weft of an ageless, woven infinity, countless raw fibers are clawing the frame. / A woman's work is never done, but the final stitch has got to come, and so three witches contend to slice the very last thread (that you curse, curse constantly) / But nothing's immortal, and comfort is not guaranteed / A yearling who bears our sincere passions is chosen, frozen and quivering, like a thread in the wake of a blade. / So we compromise, so we sacrifice, compromise nothing, but that which secures a comfortable life, risk as the indication of a healing sacrifice. / Destroy the altar whose boundaries tides will never exceed, ignite the pyres underneath a sedated mythology. / Five decades his lifetime, and his life's work is just fading scratches in stone. / She tends the numerals, counting fingers, counting her toes. / Keeping track of the time racing, years wasting (dance to the sound of his weight bearing back breaking) infinite ages the length of this quilt's making. / And we dance, we dance in the stronghold.../ That you curse, curse constantly, of the needle's sheen. / Do you feel this thin strand resting in a pinch? / That's the thread that you curse, that you curse constantly.This album was really a breath of fresh air from me when I first heard it. Since the comparison is inevitible, I'm going to say As The Roots Undo is the better album. It's produced better, and CTTS expands upon a lot of the harmonics that layed a base for in this album, and had more of the grand, epic feel that this album also showed potential for. That album is a 10, but this really isn't far off. This showed a lot of promise for a debut, and it was just expanded upon in As The Roots Undo. In any right, however, this is an absolutely stellar release, and I encourage all of you to purchase this.
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