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YouInSeries: Outside We Are FineOutside We Are Fine (2006)
Equal Vision Records

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Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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YouInSeries doesn't seem to understand that Circa Survive's Juturna is a great album because it composes great, dense melodies with atmospheric textures, very light prog influences, beautiful guitars and highly impressive vocals leading the charge, because they try to sound exactly like CS and fail .
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YouInSeries doesn't seem to understand that Circa Survive's Juturna is a great album because it composes great, dense melodies with atmospheric textures, very light prog influences, beautiful guitars and highly impressive vocals leading the charge, because they try to sound exactly like CS and fail to deliver any of these elements. Instead, we're given a desperate wannabe with a lead singer that sounds irritatingly like the Higher's Seth Trotter.

Outside We Are Fine simply sounds like someone left their copy of Juturna outside in the rain for too long. Riffs attempting to build but ultimately follow a destination-less trail? Check. Same producer as the aforementioned (Brian McTernan) giving it a nice, epic soundscape? Check. Vocals pleading lines of hope and compassion, sometimes soaked in practically whiny overcoatings? Check again. The songs are simply lifeless; we're offered glimmers of hope in single moments of "See Not What You Want But Who You Really Are" and the title track with solid choruses, but there's no proper follow-through wrapping up those tracks -- it feels like they're cut off with no full circle completed. Only "Often Too Much Thomas Kincade" finishes with somewhat of a climax, a rarity here.

Additionally, Kyle Lobeck's vocals just undercut their efforts. I could go for anything but another band like the Higher, including YouInSeries (both bands of which happen to share a birthplace in Las Vegas), but it sort of sounds like he was designed for some similarly generic current-generation-emo outfit instead of the more "experimental" territory we're to believe YouInSeries treads. You can hear him straining to shoot past his youthful limitations on tracks like "Lose Faith in the Truth" and "When and Where a Real World Occurs," but truth be told he sounds awkward and forcing it just a bit too much.

Everything YouInSeries tries to do on Outside We Are Fine has simply been done much, much better, and only 13 months ago. This is simply a cloning experiment gone just too awry.

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The Watcher
See Not What You Want But Who You Really Are
Lose Faith in the Truth
Get Comfortable Not Knowing

 

 
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Anonymous (June 4, 2006)

guess I am listening to a different disc

I think this is a solid debut from a young band with alot of potential

we shall see whose right down the road

Anonymous (May 31, 2006)

i thought the verus the mirror release was damn solid from evr. im not sure what to make of this yet.

Mute98 (May 30, 2006)

oh i forgot to say that the Pervz are an exception

Mute98 (May 30, 2006)

more proof that vegas bands suck ass.. yes even the punk bands suck ass, its hilarious

Anonymous (May 30, 2006)

That first sentence is a heckuva run-on.. props to you.

Anonymous (May 30, 2006)

Why does everyone hate on Vegas bands? You guys all suck.

feeeding5000 (May 30, 2006)

Well, at least Equal Vision will make a shitload of $ off of this. Then maybe they could stop trying to cash in w/ the MTV2 set, and get back to tongue-in-cheek straight edge bands.

Anonymous (May 30, 2006)

I actually like this a lot

danperrone (May 30, 2006)

evr kinda crapped out after that bsf record

not much else has been too great

especially that sounds of animals fighting one...ugggggh

inagreendase (May 30, 2006)

Seems like the reviewers had a bad day... three records in a row with two stars...

Nah, it's just that if your name isn't Adam White there's not much worthwhile out today.

Aaronfromsweden (May 30, 2006)

Seems like the reviewers had a bad day... three records in a row with two stars...

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