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Call It Arson - The Animal Strings Album (Cover Artwork)

Call It Arson

Call It Arson: The Animal Strings AlbumThe Animal Strings Album (2006)
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Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: SydBarrett420SydBarrett420
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Upon first glance of the latest Call It Arson record, I was expecting something very heavy and in-your-face based on the packaging. I was very suprised to find a lot of acoustic instrumentation and a very strong singing voice in James Downe. The first track of The Animal Strings Album, "Eliza" is.
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Upon first glance of the latest Call It Arson record, I was expecting something very heavy and in-your-face based on the packaging. I was very suprised to find a lot of acoustic instrumentation and a very strong singing voice in James Downe.

The first track of The Animal Strings Album, "Eliza" is a soothing acoustic number with James and the rest of the band singing over top some strumming. The album also closes with a semi-acoustic number called "Hoopin & Humpin," too. I enjoyed the intrumentation of this last song, but couldn't help but get the feeling that the lyrics didn't match up so well to what I was hearing musically.

Between the first and last track, Call It Arson plug in their instruments with varying degrees of success. The second track, "The Unimaginable Superstate" just doesn't work for me. Again, the lyrics feel out of place as do the background organs. My favorite of the tracks where Call It Arson goes electric is "Places." The song hits all the right marks and clocking in at over six minutes has some nice changes in it midway through.

Overall I like this album, although I feel at times the lyrical content doesn't reflect the musical content, or vice versa. James Downes however, has a very strong voice. I would like to see Call It Arson focus more on their softer/acoustic elements as that seems to be where they excel the most on this album.

 

 
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literamaniac (September 13, 2010)

Great EP. I strongly disagree with what you said about "The Unmanageable Superstate", I love that song. First three tracks are absolutely straight fire (I'm in love with the title track). Second half is pretty solid still, "Places" is actually my least favorite on the EP right now.

Also, the cover seriously looks like a black metal album. And the band name made me think this was gonna be a hardcore band, as did the fact that the recommendation to listen to them came from the frontman of The Flaming Tsunamis. I really shouldn't have been surprised at his eclecticism, look at his band after all.

Anonymous (May 10, 2007)

bad bad review.

Anonymous (May 8, 2007)

The cover looks like a black metal album...is it like emo acoustic, or like folk acoustic? Really, I don't get any idea of what this sounds like from the review.
-feeeding5000

SydBarrett420 (May 8, 2007)

I don't know who this album sounds like, but there is no screaming and half the tracks are mainly acoustic, with the three middle tracks being heavier musical wise. the first track is gang vocals over nothing, but guitar strumming. Hope that helps a little.

xote (May 8, 2007)

first post and hey dude what the fuck does this albukm sound like

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