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1905: VoiceVoice (2004)
Exotic Fever

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Contributed by: Sally_FieldMeg
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1905 isn't an easily pegged band. Yeah, they played what a lot would refer to as the less-modern definition of screamo. However, it's not fair to limit the band to one genre alone when their music traveled so far beyond the restraints of screamo. Voice is an album that showcases their versatility, w.
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1905 isn't an easily pegged band. Yeah, they played what a lot would refer to as the less-modern definition of screamo. However, it's not fair to limit the band to one genre alone when their music traveled so far beyond the restraints of screamo. Voice is an album that showcases their versatility, with both male and female voices, harmonies and shrill screams alike and a generally raw sound. And their words surely aren't sung, spoken or screamed in vain. 1905 had a message.

Voice kicks off with "Introduction," a track whose name is rather deceiving, as it isn't much of a musical indication of what's to come in the rest of the album. After nearly a minute of garbled noise, the album really begins with "Control," featuring the soft voice of a female with light, mid-paced music in the background. Halfway into the song, a male voice is added into the concoction and before you get accustomed to their delicate harmonies, both once-subdued voices revert to frenetic screams and back again in an almost bi-polar fashion. This form comes to be a staple throughout Voice.

"Quote" quickly breaks up the album's short-lived consistency by remaining slow-paced and acoustic throughout the whole track. Since the soft voice of a female was already introduced on Voice, a track such as "Quote" doesn't disrupt the cohesiveness of the album.

The album's title track resumes the pattern of combination male/female vocals screaming/singing, right into perhaps the band's strongest, most memorable track "Can't Change Everything." The song quickly builds from soft "oooh"s and light guitar work to a fast-paced drum beat and shrill screams of "Just because I can't change everything, doesn't mean I can't change anything." Once the song reaches the midpoint, the singing comes to a halt and words are quickly spoken: "To envision a world without chains but recognize that we, as individuals, can only chip away at the links. One at a time, day by day. To have the ability to wage quiet wars in our everyday lives, and recognize the subtle victories when they happen…." These words only scratch the surface of the wisdom the band offers the listener. "One brick today is one less for tomorrow" wraps up the nearly three-minute, chaotic track.

The nearly all instrumental, guitar-oriented track "Side by Side" soon follows with only the lines "All the things that we oppose and all the things that we are for...just like the things that we despise alongside things that we adore" present to break it up. "Side by Side" works as a smooth transition track to the completely acoustic instrumental "Missing."

The final few surprises on Voice come near the album's end. "Throw" throws the album a curveball with its upbeat folk-punk, acoustic sound and politically-minded lyrics ("Turn your tanks around. Use the metal to build a playground"). "Silhouette," a beautiful song composed entirely on the piano and the spoken-word track "A Conversation" help to wrap up the album in a memorable way.

This Voice is one you won't soon forget.

 

 
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jeremythunder (May 24, 2009)

perfect record, i just wish they'd mixed it better, and actually allowed you to hear the girl's voice

Anonymous (May 28, 2007)

10/10 for everything katy otto is involved with.

juns-mom (May 28, 2007)

One of my favorite CDs of the last few years. Randomly picked this up at an f-minus show and it did not leave my cd player for a few weeks.

wearestillalive (May 26, 2007)

holy shit amazing record. fall is such an intense song.

CCSummers (May 25, 2007)

good album yoz

feeeding5000 (May 25, 2007)

Just listened to this, and, yes, I will defend them because they're from DC, and the woman who runs Exotic Fever is involved with Positive Force. However, I also think this is pretty awesome in it's own right. Not screamo, but hardcore with screamy vocals. Very enjoyable.

Anonymous (May 25, 2007)

enjoyable, enjoyable record, even if some of it was recorded on less than low tech equipment

Archangel (May 25, 2007)

"the soft voice of a female "

Did anyone else get really creeped out by the wording here?

Sally_Field (May 25, 2007)

this is a hardcore band ....not screamo. dude.

I did not flat-out say this is a screamo band. I mentioned the fact that I've heard them being referred to as a screamo band before, but didn't feel it was a clear enough label for their sound.

Dude.

Anonymous (May 25, 2007)

this is a hardcore band ....not screamo. dude.

danperrone (May 25, 2007)

i liked this a lot less than i thought i would...some of it was great and some of it wasn't even worthwhile

SydBarrett420 (May 25, 2007)

1995 or 1997?

Anonymous (May 25, 2007)

People from DC know this band is a hardcore band. That's all they ever thought of themselves as, and that's all they were ever perceived as. "Less modern definition of screamo" is a silly way to describe them.

That said, this record delivers nearly 100 percent of the time.

theyounginfluential (May 25, 2007)

yay exotic fever!

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