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Braid: Frame & CanvasFrame & Canvas (1998)
Braid

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: VStoriesFallenVStoriesFallen
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Ah, Braid. One of those bands that played during the glory days of "emo," also known as the mid-`90s. So many bands put out amazing albums during this time: Texas Is the Reason, Sunny Day Real Estate, Mineral, caP'n Jazz, the Promise Ring, just to name a few. Frame & Canvas opens up with "The N.


Ah, Braid. One of those bands that played during the glory days of "emo," also known as the mid-`90s. So many bands put out amazing albums during this time: Texas Is the Reason, Sunny Day Real Estate, Mineral, caP'n Jazz, the Promise Ring, just to name a few.

Frame & Canvas opens up with "The New Nathan Detroits," which is an excellent song to showcase Braid to new fans, and is a contender for their best song. Chris and Robert's vocals are separated during this song for the most part, really showing off each member's voice. Each song after is almost as good, all in different ways, and become instant classics. "Collect from Clark Kent" is a really fun song lyrically, as Robert sings about Superman being scared to fight crime. "A Dozen Roses" is another contender for Braid's best song, and is Robert's best ballad. "Urbana's Too Dark" is a personal favorite. "I Keep A Diary" is a lovely and solemn song, and an excellent way to close Braid's final album.

The album isn't perfect, however. Chris is limited to leading only two songs, and they are not his best either. The Age of Octeen, while also only having two Chris leads, has his best. I also think Frame & Canvas lacks the youthful energy that was so charming on The Age of Octeen. The version of "First Day Back" that appears on this album, while good, is not as good as the version found on Movie Music Vol. 1 as well.

Nonetheless, Frame & Canvas is a fantastic closing chapter for Braid, and they should be proud of it. It is a perfect starting point for new listeners, and will please fans of their earlier work. If you've been hesitating, hesitate no longer.

 

 
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insinceredave (July 25, 2007)

Great record, awesome band!!

Anonymous (April 12, 2007)

I think A Dozen Roses is my favorite song ever. Or definetely in my top 5 songs. And I think Frame and Canvas is in my top 5 records as well. Brilliant. I was so stoked to see them on their reunion tour.... it was so rad live.

Anonymous (April 11, 2007)

worst review ive read in a while. die in a fire plz.

Anonymous (April 11, 2007)

Awesome album, almost perfect even. Saw them in '98 with Promise Ring and Get Up Kids, what a great lineup. I always wished they had made another album but I'm not sure they could have topped this.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (April 11, 2007)

"Kudos to the reviewer for not going into long boring detail about the band's legacy. Christ, I see so many reviews on this site where three quarters of the review is praising the band and not the piece of music that is being reviewed."

Agreed. Storiesfallen, good job!

david_arquette (April 11, 2007)

Fuck yes. One of the greatest albums ever. Glad to see a review. Not into full sentences right now.

Anonymous (April 11, 2007)

Kudos to the reviewer for not going into long boring detail about the band's legacy. Christ, I see so many reviews on this site where three quarters of the review is praising the band and not the piece of music that is being reviewed.

Anonymous (April 11, 2007)

I was in midle school when i first heard this album. Got to see them on their reunion tour. One of my favorite albums ever.

PaC (April 10, 2007)

One of my favorite record. I saw them when they toured for this and it was a super small, no stage venue where we stood in front of the band. One of my favorite shows ever. Urbana's too dark is one of my favorites as well along with that song on the pogho split (wonderful puddle?). I even named my daughter after one of the songs from this record (Ariel (we spell it Arielle though)))).

Anonymous (April 10, 2007)

the best album of the genre by far, age of octeen isn't even close.

Anonymous (April 10, 2007)

Can't get used to the guy's voice.

Anonymous (April 10, 2007)

Dear VStoriesFallen

You are a terrible writer

Please stop

VStoriesFallen (April 10, 2007)

Sorry guys. I see the main complaint is that I didn't write about the album's significance. I decided not to take it that direction because I wanted to review an album from a band, not an important album from an important band during this period of time. I didn't mention that slightly in the opening, but I just wanted to leave that stuff out and let the album stand alone with the rest of the band's discography. So how about getting some more Braid albums reviewed? You guys obviously don't want me to do another one, so how about it?

Anonymous (April 10, 2007)

fuck cancer.

elephantdwarf (April 10, 2007)

not even a slight mention of "ariel"!? its the best braid song ever. imho anyways...

KlashedKi (April 10, 2007)

indiereviews.org?

Anonymous (April 10, 2007)

Champaign represent!!!

Anonymous (April 10, 2007)

amazing record. totally fucking out of sight.
-mybulldogfront

Anonymous (April 10, 2007)

I need this. I have Movie Music Vol. 1, and that's all the Braid I got.

Anonymous (April 10, 2007)

Good call, Maverick: this album is essential as far as indie goes in the late 90's. A lot of music snobs do not get bra!d, but "Frame" has a sort of visceral connection to its fans that the band did not attain until then and never did again.

This album is a lot better, yes, than "a good song to end the album with" and "a great song to open with": it is absolutely amazing and is a nicer, gentler introduction to math-rock. Highly recommended!

Score is for the album.

Anonymous (April 10, 2007)

YES, one of my favorite albums of all time. The review is ok, but not giving enough credit to this album. Scott should do a review of this one. Anyway, from a sound standpoint this album blows the other releases away. J.Robbins' production is stellar. Damon !! Roy was good, but Damon was insane !!! The songs are much more "mature" and more developed than their previous records. I still love Age of Octeen and both albums would probably rank in or close to my top 10 of all time, but this is just a notch better. and why call Bob, Robert?? As far as I know and have ever heard/read, he normally goes by Bob, and seems to prefer that. At least that's what he has up on all his sites??

Anonymous (April 10, 2007)

good call on mentioning Urbana's Too Dark, that song is underrated. Definately in my top three Braid songs.

maverick (April 10, 2007)

This review doesn't come anywhere close to justifying just how incredible this record was when it came out, nor how well it still holds up almost a decade later. Seeing this band in concert twice over the course of their last five shows in August '99 was life-changing. One of the most important bands in my life, and one of the best records I own.

-Scott

GlassPipeMurder (April 10, 2007)

most people contend Braid is superior to Hey Mercedes...but i donno, i love Hey Mercedes too much to be swayed.

dusticles (April 10, 2007)

I have been wanting to review this for so long, its just that im so damn lazy. this is one of my favorite albums EVER. Score is for the album

R3venge_Therapy (April 10, 2007)

Such a good band. I have Age of Octeen myself, but I need to buy this.

Strange thing about Braid, their songs are great on record, but when I saw them live the songs seemed faster and to have a lot more energy to them. They were amazing. It's rare when I find a band whose records I love, but actually liked more live.

eatdogs (April 10, 2007)

the only album i own by this band is the age of octeen. i just love the off key singing.

Allular (April 10, 2007)

"New Nathan Detroits" best song?

In my opinion, "A Dozen Roses" takes the cake. Freaking amazing.

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