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Attack in Black

Attack in Black: The Curve of the EarthThe Curve of the Earth (2007)
Dine Alone Records

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Let's get one thing out of the way: Anyone looking for the direct followup to Marriage will not find it on The Curve of the Earth. This album feels more like a creative tangent focusing on the "folk" aspects of Attack in Black, rather than the punk, and they pull it off admirably. The album opens.
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Let's get one thing out of the way: Anyone looking for the direct followup to Marriage will not find it on The Curve of the Earth. This album feels more like a creative tangent focusing on the "folk" aspects of Attack in Black, rather than the punk, and they pull it off admirably.

The album opens with "I'm Going to Forget," likely one of the most accessible songs and also setting the tone for the entire record. Every song with the exception of "You're Such an Only Child" stays in a low-key, quasi-acoustic vein. While this makes "You're Such an Only Child" stick out like a sore thumb, it's short and serves as a great way to break up the album, plus gives fans of Marriage a little something more upbeat to carry them over to the second side. It's also worth noting that there appears to be a couple tracks with reversed messages and I haven't had time to play them backwards, but it's nice to see Attack in Black going for every last detail.

One of the biggest problems with albums like this is that they can typically become monotonous as they progress, each additional song sounding more and more like the last. Thankfully Attack in Black have completely avoided this pitfall by never really repeating the same pattern twice. Vocal duties are split up between the entire band and no two songs have the same instrumentation. There's a lot of variety here in a minimalist sort of way and it somehow manages to stay cohesive for the most part. The recording itself is sharp and crisp, but also has that laid-back rough polish to it that really shines and gives every song an almost timeless feel.

In short, this is the kind of album you put on during a lazy Sunday morning and watch the snow fall from your armchair. It's not going to rock your world, but it will make you reflect on it.

Stream "I'm Going to Forget" from their MySpace page

 

 
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slymer (February 7, 2008)

I really want to hear this. I wish the vinyl wasn't so damn expensive. I'll try to find on itunes.

Allular (January 16, 2008)

I'm stoked I actually threw down the near $25 for this. I'm looking forward to this showing up at my door.

Piata (January 16, 2008)

For anyone considering picking this up, the download which comes with the vinyl edition are 192kbps MP3s and sound surprisingly good for a mid range MP3. I would have preferred to see 320kbps VBR or FLAC, but the lack of DRM more than makes up for that :)

moneenerd (January 16, 2008)

i miss their punkier stuff :(

booker_pee (January 15, 2008)

so awesome. this band can do no wrong.

R3vengeTherapy (January 15, 2008)

Yeah, this is good. It's not even close to Marriage, but it wasn't intended as a true follow-up. The band just sort of recorded it for fun. I dig most of it. Marriage is absolutely incredible though.

playyourpart (January 15, 2008)

I really liked this album and it was pretty cool that it came with a free download of it too when you ordered the vinyl. I'd suggest picking this one up while you can, the pressing on wax is limited.

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