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Pistolita: Oliver Under the MoonOliver Under the Moon (2006)
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When recording Oliver Under the Moon, I doubt that Pistolita planned on the album ending up so chaotically. Not in the way one would normally think of musical chaos, though. There's no crazy time signatures, no towering riffs, no banshee-like vocals -- where this album gets lost in the chaos is in t.
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When recording Oliver Under the Moon, I doubt that Pistolita planned on the album ending up so chaotically. Not in the way one would normally think of musical chaos, though. There's no crazy time signatures, no towering riffs, no banshee-like vocals -- where this album gets lost in the chaos is in the production aspect of it.

For a band with only four members, they often times find themselves just treading musical water. Too much going on at once, and the producer was unable to really regulate that, because what all too often happens is the guitars are far too loud to hear the piano, or the piano is too loud to hear the vocals, rendering that given song nothing more than a mess. The basis is nice -- just solid piano driven rock, but the execution, that's what's amiss. "Fadawhite" starts off with some plaintive piano keystrokes and reserved vocal delivery, quickly given way to a much more upbeat rhythm, and this is where things start to get tricky. This is where the band gets lost in their own sense of ambition. It killed Julius Caeser, and it kills this song as well. The problem is that the piano gets louder, the guitar gets louder, and the vocals, like the age of high school girls, just stays the same. This is the common problem that most of the songs have, though others with interchangeable parts. You'll never know what's going to be too loud, and what's going to be too soft to even notice. Worse yet is the screaming that closes a lot of the songs out. Unnecessary at very least, and when it comes down to it, it just sounds silly. A piano and screamed vocals are two things that need never be mixed, a memo Pistolita failed to receive.

I just plain don't know what happened here. The basic elements are good, the thought was there, and it all justâ?¦went awry. Bad production, execution that's sorely lacking, both problems that should have been addressed and resolved before this was ever put onto the shelves.

 


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SilentStorms (August 29, 2006)

Didn't Usurp Synapse do a piano/vocal thing too? That was pretty sweet.

etwiels88 (August 27, 2006)

I like the artwork

shot_in_the_dark (August 27, 2006)

i really like the bloodbrothers comment. this band is engaging live, because the songs are good. the production is a bit dodgey, but time allows for merited appretiation.

vocalyouth (August 26, 2006)

I've seen this band live twice now. They're decent live, at least.

lou (August 25, 2006)

I've seen them live twice now, and they are definitely loud and have quite a bit going on at once. it sort of works for me, but the jury is still out. i agree, better production could definitely do a world of good for this CD though. but i kind of think the way it came out is inherent in their sound.

ps - matthew mcConaughey is kind of the man.

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

I bought this record after being very impressed with their live show opening for Say Anything. they are very fun live, and while the record isn't as good as the live show, it's still a pretty good album

skolarx (August 25, 2006)

nice use of a dazed and confused quote in there

hvmyselfabear (August 25, 2006)

I really liked this CD, mostly because it was so "chaotic."

mattp330 (August 25, 2006)

"A piano and screamed vocals are two things that need never be mixed, a memo Pistolita failed to receive."

The Blood Brothers would like to have a word with you.

haha, awesome

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

"A piano and screamed vocals are two things that need never be mixed, a memo Pistolita failed to receive."

The Blood Brothers would like to have a word with you.

SloaneDaley (August 25, 2006)

this band was actually pretty good live, wondered what they sounded like recorded. Looking back I kinda see how they could end up being cluttered

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