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Ambry: Holding On By The Blindfolds We Hide BehindHolding On By The Blindfolds We Hide Behind (2005)
The Death Scene

Reviewer Rating: 2


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There's something to be said for a band whose chief influences apparently consistent of Hidden In Plain View and, namely, early Taking Back Sunday. Ambry may come from a state not exactly known for a feritle musical breeding ground (New Hampshire), but they're definitely performing a sound that's al.
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There's something to be said for a band whose chief influences apparently consistent of Hidden In Plain View and, namely, early Taking Back Sunday. Ambry may come from a state not exactly known for a feritle musical breeding ground (New Hampshire), but they're definitely performing a sound that's all too familiar...perhaps a bit too much, actually. Holding On By The Blindfolds We Hide Behind definitely has a few mind-numbingly catchy tracks going for it, but the scattered screams, lyrics inspired by way of backstabbing and rehashed formula are its painfully obvious faults.

As aforementioned, three main areas plague Blindfolds, that being the ridiculously derivative style, sophomoric songwriting, and an unnecessarily fleshed-out take. The first is easy to pick up on, as most of the band's guitar tones, vocal theatrics (including overdubbed yells) and even backup additions are DNA strands ripped straight from the double helix of Tell All Your Friends. The same could probably be said for the lyrics, but the bitterness of the band apparently isn't as inspired, resulting in cringeworthy diary B-sides like "my heart's in your hand / do what you want / I won't find out if you tear it apart." Finally, Blindfolds drags like Lucky Cheng's in July; seven of the eleven tracks eclipse the four-minute mark, usually touchy territory for Ambry's genre, since lengths like such aren't usually intended for the punk-pop-infused side of post-hardcore. It's sort of like the band doesn't know when to end a song, so they just keep playing...and playing...

Issues aside, there a few tracks guaranteed to stick after initial listens, even if they're rarely accompanied by enjoyability. "The Boy Who Had Two Shadows" and "Memory Or Tragedy" are candy-coated aneurysms, the latter of which is the band at their more aggressive; it's certain to be an MTV2 hit and favorite with the Senses Fail crowd if made into a video, with its well-placed screams, double-bass drums, impatient chorus and building bridge. But when the band isn't relying on the blatant catchiness they're obviously capable of conveying, they're mowing over frustrating clich├ęs like token acoustic songs ("Linguistic Relativitiy For Horses") and adding weakly-executed handclaps to their purported mini-"emo" epics ("Postcards From California"). "Better Scene Than Heard" even opens up with a riff probably on loan from Fall Out Boy with a not-so-low APR rating. It's too bad, since there's serious promise shown in between tracks ten and eleven, completely out of place -- in terms of the style -- an instrumental interlude that experiments with some excellent atmospheric brushes that would've made for a far better 47+ minutes of music.

Ambry has put out a wholesome-sounding debut that's perfectly capable of launching them into relative underground stardom immediately, but as far as originality and unconventional songwriting goes, Holding On By The Blindfolds We Hide Behind is obviously a case of quantity over quality.

MP3
Better Scene Than Heard

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The Boy Who Had Two Shadows
Car Crash Love
Dancing With My Confusion
A Collapse Of Confidence

 


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Anonymous (September 7, 2005)

This album is not good at all. My friend bought it as a joke from the used bin for a dollar and all we could do was laugh. They are the biggest joke to everyone over 17 up here in New Hampshire

Anonymous (July 30, 2005)

Don't beleive everything you read, especially from the sheep who only follow their so-called experts opinions. Listen closely to the album and follow your own feelings to form your own opinion. Just remember AMBRY is a very young group of hard working & hard touring guys. Catch them live to receive the full benefit of their talents.

NH LFOD

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

This alblum kicks ass.

etwiels88 (June 8, 2005)

This album's alright. Maybe a two-time listener. Pretty much with the rest of The Death Scene's bands.

Anonymous (June 7, 2005)

I agree with the review. Although I do enjoy the album a lot more than you do but for the most part you are right. I personally would give it a higher score but everything you said was correct.

Anchors (June 7, 2005)

Next band that claims "darkly introspective" lyrics, and doesn't actually have any, is getting anthrax.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

Anonymous (June 7, 2005)

band sucks. it's been done. FUCK THEM.

Anonymous (June 7, 2005)

yeah you are right, they shold only review stuff that sells good..so drop that attitude fucker

Anonymous (June 7, 2005)

Nice Review, I dont mind these guys, like you said a little cliche, but hell if it sells records why the ass not!

Anonymous (June 7, 2005)

another shitty album...but i gues every weak or mediocre emo and metal album has to be reviewed, while so many exciting punk albums are not reviewed here...hmm maybe its better that way

joeg (June 7, 2005)

ah yes. we're now getting bands that looked up to the taking back sunday's and thrice's of the world.

Dakotacore (June 7, 2005)

As far as the album goes, definitely not my cup 'o joe. The review was nice. Pretty clever writing; informative, too.

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