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And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Worlds Apart (Cover Artwork)

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead: Worlds ApartWorlds Apart (2005)
Universal Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 3
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Contributed by: AubinAubin
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OK, let's start by stating unequivocally that …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead is a pretty impressive band; their previous records have been almost unanimously acclaimed and their live show has been described with the kind of agressive-sounding adjectives usually used to describe multiple.
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OK, let's start by stating unequivocally that …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead is a pretty impressive band; their previous records have been almost unanimously acclaimed and their live show has been described with the kind of agressive-sounding adjectives usually used to describe multiple murderers. Their most recent record however, was mysteriously delayed and I've even heard that people had leaked copies of the record as early as last September. The question remains as to whether the delay might have been some disappointment by their label, or perhaps some attempt to shelter the world from the possibly universe-shattering effects of a record which might top Source Tags and Codes.

Well, the universe - and my use of superlatives - is safe for now because Worlds Apart is not that record; in fact, as the successor to Source Tags is unfufilling to say the least. With that in mind however, it is also not deserving of the torrential downpour of scorn showered on it by disappointed critics either. Getting accustomed to the sound of such a restrained record is more than a little shocking, but as an individual work, it's not entirely without its charms.

The title track, for example, injects a catchy, Pogues-tinged touch with the kind of vengeful lyricism that is focused entirely on the excesses and shameful behaviour of the mainstream media and culture. It's a little weird to hear the harsh language to describe some of the hedonists who adorn MTV, but it's not entirely undeserved. While some will condemn the band for taking popular culture to task in such a brazen way, it seems fair to give the band the right to play critic considering how challenging their previous records have been.

Later, the band toys with a McCartney-esque arrangement on "Summer of '91," taking the piano arrangement and building it into a little indie opus. "Let It Dive" has the kind of anthemic, epic feel that seems so friendly and inclusive that it seems almost strange to hear it from this band. But individually interesting songs don't always lead to a cohesive vision and part of the problem is how entirely disconnected the songs sound from each other. Some records beg you to listen to them from the first track to the last, and part of the thrill of album-based music is this cohesiveness. To create a record is infinitely more challenging, but also much more rewarding and this is one of the places where the Trail Of Dead has definitely failed.

On top of that there are a number of fairly uneven, unrealized or just plain boring tracks. The folky atmosphere of "The Rest Will Follow" is disappointingly bland. "All White" sounds like a brazen - and fairly pedestrian - Bowie ripoff. "Last City Of Refuge," the closing track, just lacks momentum and seems to putter along aimlessly.

In short, Worlds Apart comes across as the greatest hits of a forgotten indie rock band, and not a major achievement from a current one, and sure, there are some memorable songs, but there are also a few too many tracks that will be inevitably skipped over. Put another way, it's like the question that arises when listening to the Clash's final record, Cut The Crap. Sure, it's a passable enough record from a great band, but it's no London Calling. I guess the question is, where is the Trail Of Dead's Mick Jones and why did they kick him out?

 

 
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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.
TheMike (December 20, 2006)

This is much better than people give credit for. It had the potential to top Source Tags, but just missed the boat.

MaxTheGreat11 (May 16, 2005)

miles below source tags and codes. why? why? why?

Anonymous (March 23, 2005)

Read the SCENE POINT BLANK review here

Anonymous (March 17, 2005)

this isnt punk...that isnt punk. lame. if it offends you, dont fucking read it.
-TOBB

pacer (March 17, 2005)

This record gets a nine - i been hitting this at least three times a week since october. Classic stuff.

Anonymous (March 15, 2005)

damn niggas this shit sounds a little like the floyd at times.......

Anonymous (March 15, 2005)

this album sucks
thank you and good night
this is for anybody claiming that every shitplatter is punk

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

Explosions in the Sky are sooo good.

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

Explosions in the Sky > Trail of Dead

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

score is for the assholes who obsess over this not being punk

this album ruless...thank you and goodnight

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

than call this site rock-news or alternative-news,great bands like the devil dogs, demonics, oblivians, youth of today, bonecrusher, etc have never been reviewed here but shitload of lame indie stuff...they might be giants are more punk than this shit

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

Half of the reviews and news on this site aren't punk, but they are punk related. Its kind of like Punk Planet, that magazine doesn't just cover "punk" stuff. Publications and Web Sites grow and expand their horizons, I like the fact that they don't just review punk music here. Everyone could use a little diversity. Furthermore, there are albums and bands that are further from punk than this one. Nobody says you had to read this review, if ain't Punk then just skip over it, there are plenty of people who are interested in this.

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

"And you will know me by the size of my penis..."

YEAH, RIDICULOUSLY SMALL.

ZING!

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

review some punk cd's please

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

on this hp so many good punk and hardcore records are not reviewed, but you can bet that every trendy shit is reviewed here

Anonymous (March 13, 2005)

And you will know me by the size of my penis...

Anonymous (March 13, 2005)

I really don't get why this band is reviewed here and if it is, why is the 1st review... seriously i usually come here to read about punk...

Anonymous (March 13, 2005)

"For whatever reason, I never really "got" Source Tags. It was heralded by many-a-critic, but where were the songs?"

on the cd?

Anonymous (March 12, 2005)

This is good, but prog like Cave In? As good as Cave In? Not even close. I don't see any Cave In comparisons actually

Barkley

Anonymous (March 12, 2005)

by the way, there was no "mysterious delay". it was delayed because the label had a lot of big stuff coming out at the same time the record was slated to be released and they wanted to be able to promote it. dont overdramatize it.

Anonymous (March 12, 2005)

fuck prog-rock...this is hippie music for deadheads

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

them and cave in should play together

bemused (March 11, 2005)

For whatever reason, I never really "got" Source Tags. It was heralded by many-a-critic, but where were the songs?

-Chris-

adam (March 11, 2005)

moneenerd: "i think its unfitting to post a review of them on somewhere where ppl are just gonna walk all over them just becuz it's not "punk rock" enough for their liking."

I mean no disrespect, but if you look at the comments the only person commenting about things being "punk rock" or not is you.

-adam

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

"Phil Collins rules. This score is for Phil Collins"

Agreed, I pity those who don't enjoy "Easy Lover". 80's gold!

-Strewtho.

moneenerd (March 11, 2005)

Oh well. i own it, and like it, before I ready any reviews. Bands like Trail Of Dead you can always count on to make decent albums no matter how many times they change their style, instead of the new crap coming from once-awesome-now-overrated bands like Mars Volta or Eighteen Visions.

moneenerd (March 11, 2005)

then why not post anything from Theory Of A Deadman or Snoop Dogg? I mean I guess its of interest to some ppl, I mean Ive always loved TRAIL OF DEAD, but i think its unfitting to post a review of them on somewhere where ppl are just gonna walk all over them just becuz it's not "punk rock" enough for their liking. But I guess that can be said about any forum...

Kenjamin (March 11, 2005)

they used to be a pretty heavily regarded indie rock band. I don't see how this is that out of place. I'd rather see this than Unwritten Law.

adam (March 11, 2005)

moneenerd: Nobody's arguing that this is "punk," but it's something that's of interest to a lot of our readers... unlike Phil Collins I assume.

-adam

moneenerd (March 11, 2005)

also, this cd was totally worth the purchase becuz CATERWAUL is such a kick ass fucking song.

moneenerd (March 11, 2005)

Wasnt arguing that he wasnt, just thought this review was just put on the wrong website, being it a site for punk-derivitive band kinda site, and Trail Of Dead being more of just semi-experimental rock. Especially this album, being not heavy AT ALL and is mostly comprised of ballads. I never thought of Trail Of Dead as punk except maybe some tracks on their first EP.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

Phil Collins rules. This score is for Phil Collins

moneenerd (March 11, 2005)

I loved this album, but review on PUNKNEWS? This is as punk as fucking Phil Collins, so of course, its gonna have a bad review and following comments.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

This is how you spell CRAP!

ChokingVictim (March 11, 2005)

"Worlds Apart" is a great song. the rest of the album was kinda boring though.

boba_fett (March 11, 2005)

never listened to these guys, but the review was really good.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

Cut the Crap does not count as a real Clash album. you could have easily used Combat Rock instead. though a commerical success, its clear that the band was falling apart. Aside from Straight to Hell the songs have no bite to them.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

thanks for reviewing this. I thought about buying it everytime I stepped into the record store, but could never do it. I just might have to now, Nice review.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

everything that's wrong with music.

InnuendoAndOutTheOther (March 11, 2005)

I like it...but since I just woke up...I'll further comment upon it later...I was def going to review this in the coming days

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

"'Who's Mick Jones?'

...and there goes my last shred of respect for the people on this site"

Respect? Did you know who he was when you were 15? Thought so, mother fucker.

inagreendase (March 11, 2005)

Glad to see I wasn't the only one hearing the Beatles influence creeping up in tracks.

Crookedsuperhero (March 11, 2005)

Anyway, even though it's no Source Tags, I still really like this album. I'm probably talking out of my ass here, since I've only heard pieces of both Sandinista! and Cut The Crap, but it feels more like a Sandinista!. It's a good album but it reeks of trying too hard to top their masterpiece.

Sandista wasn't much better. Far too long, but once you cut through the shitty songs there were some Clash classics.

NachoHat (March 11, 2005)

"I guess the question is, where is the Trail Of Dead's Mick Jones and why did they kick him out? "

I think I heard that they lost their bassist fairly recently but that might have been after recording Worlds Apart.

Anyway, even though it's no Source Tags, I still really like this album. I'm probably talking out of my ass here, since I've only heard pieces of both Sandinista! and Cut The Crap, but it feels more like a Sandinista!. It's a good album but it reeks of trying too hard to top their masterpiece.

Though I don't completely agree with it, excellent review, Aubin.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

This shit is boring and is for HIPPIES. The review is a bit too kind, but he's right, music critics have been stroking eschother over this band since their first southby southwest industry ass-tongueing. Overrated.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

whoever reviewed this read the pitchfork review then elaborated on it. come on man, write on your own...i know its hard!!!

cramer (March 11, 2005)

this band has the only good song, out of only a ridiculous nine, on mvp 2005

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

"Who's Mick Jones?"

...and there goes my last shred of respect for the people on this site

Benjasaurus (March 11, 2005)

Giving a good band a bad score for a good record that doesn't meet their usual standards makes about as much sense as giving a bad band a good score for a bad record that is still high above their usual standards.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

i give these guys the "we have a killer fucking name and our music is rad too" award

- the other scott

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

Who's Mick Jones?

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

I grabbed a free promo poster for this record....i leave it in the room where everyone smokes weed - so they can stare at the little animals fighting.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

trail of dead are never epic

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

I was skeptical at first, but this one really grew on me. It's got a couple songs that don't ever really take off, but some of the stuff is great.

I think people are turned off by how pop some of the material is, but I think they pull it off well.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

this is a strange record compared to thier earlier stuff. the title track is a brilliant, straight ahead rock song which is something they have never done before. all in all, its a record that i love now but im pretty sure in about 2 monthes ill be sick of it.

-mark bellhorn

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