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Sybris: SybrisSybris (2005)
Reviewer Rating: 3
Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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If I were to be one who judged an album solely on its cover art, Sybris' self-titled effort would leave me in quite an interesting position. To say the layout is simple isn't truly doing it justice. The art consists of a reddish brown, crayon drawn box, with a crudely designed reddish brown wolf jum.
If I were to be one who judged an album solely on its cover art, Sybris' self-titled effort would leave me in quite an interesting position. To say the layout is simple isn't truly doing it justice. The art consists of a reddish brown, crayon drawn box, with a crudely designed reddish brown wolf jumping at an even more crudely designed reddish brown bird, with the word Sybris written underneath in cursive. This layout could very well lead one to believe this album as being very minimalist, and that couldn't be further from truth.
You were born with a valentine mouth, a real sound / When no one was looking, you snuck in and listened / They're all in the kitchen, she's not in the kitchen / You know yours is a nametag and mine is a curse.It's hard to pull any sort of meaning from those words, though I'm sure some greater meaning was intended than what I was able to get from it. It's not the words on this album that matter, though, more the way they're delivered. It's what gives this release style as well as substance that stands above it all, and it's not outlandish, but I cannot honestly say I've heard anything released so far this year that sounds quite like it. Interesting arrangements and solid delivery propel these songs past what could very easily be their limitations. And despite the minimalist leanings of the cover art and liner notes, as they clearly did not have the 164 crayon box, this is a formidable record from a band who packs a punch.
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