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Various: Emo Diaries 11: Taking Back What's OursEmo Diaries 11: Taking Back What's Ours (2007)
Deep Elm Records

Reviewer Rating: 2


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Much to the chagrin of, well, who knows, Deep Elm Records originally laid to rest their hailed Emo Diaries series with Chapter 10, The Hope I Hide Inside, released in March 2004. It gave way to another collection of vaguely classified bands, This Is Indie Rock, but now the label has quickly resuscit.
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Much to the chagrin of, well, who knows, Deep Elm Records originally laid to rest their hailed Emo Diaries series with Chapter 10, The Hope I Hide Inside, released in March 2004. It gave way to another collection of vaguely classified bands, This Is Indie Rock, but now the label has quickly resuscitated the Diaries series with Chapter 11: Taking Back What's Ours. Admittedly, the last few volumes of the series were fairly weak, and Deep Elm's attempt at jolting it back into life finds a patient with quite the irregular heartbeat itself.

Many contributions here are merely decent or worse, failing to make a hardened impact on the listener (Above Them's "Change Your Views," Andy Tanner & His Grand Piano's "The Ghostman," I'm Fashion, You're Victim's "Until Vendetta's Achieved"). Besides that, this could easily have been filed as part of the This Is Indie Rock series and no one would have been the wiser. This is immediately evidenced in some of the comp's earliest tracks: This Drama's "Tiger Meets Lion" sounds like post-Interpol post-punk meets `90s indie rock; While You Were Gone resemble a more sugary Holy Roman Empire in "Hey Lola"; Knockout Kings' "Question Everything" is bland mall-emo -- and it drags on for just over four minutes.

The City Beautiful have one of the few promising songs here, presenting fine (only vague) memories of prog-era Sunny Day Real Estate with "The Dangerous Crowd."

It's unfortunate, but there's few and far between here on Chapter 11 worth investing the time in. Hopefully many of these bands simply put forth some of their throwaway unreleased material here and can make a better impact with their next high-profile expose, if they get another one.

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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
rkl (October 1, 2007)

Emo Diaries 11: Taking Back What's Ours

kleenex and badly done eyeliner?

JanelleJ (September 26, 2007)

That's (the title) no fair. Like Indian giving. I shouldn't know this (but I do) but wasn't there one called 'What's Mine Is Yours) :P

Hey_Asshole (September 26, 2007)

forgot the score

Hey_Asshole (September 26, 2007)

score is for Deep Elm releases by Brandston

i remember seeing them play at this church in Naperville, IL back in 2002. they were great live.

insinceredave (September 26, 2007)

Deep Elm have put out some of favorite records in the past, but this is just lame.

Best ever deep elm band - Appleseed Cast

lazylane (September 25, 2007)

If I remember correctly didn't Jimmy Eat World do a song for one of these way back in the day and got pissed when they found out the title to the comp was "emo diaries".

GlassPipeMurder (September 25, 2007)

more like Emo Diarrheas, amirite?

Archangel (September 25, 2007)

First comment beat me to it.

KurtTGS (September 25, 2007)

Deep Elm used to rule.

David Singer, Slowride, PMFS, Appleseed Cast, old Brandston, Desert City Soundtrack, Red Animal War, Lewis, Last Days of April...what happened?

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