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I Am Alaska

I Am Alaska: A Day in a LifeA Day in a Life (2008)
No Sleep Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


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Any band who seemingly takes readily-present influences like Circa Survive, later This Day Forward and late At the Drive-In / early Mars Volta has the ability to produce something special and cathartic. Unfortunately for I Am Alaska, they merely treat their EP A Day in a Life so that it ends up a ch.
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Any band who seemingly takes readily-present influences like Circa Survive, later This Day Forward and late At the Drive-In / early Mars Volta has the ability to produce something special and cathartic. Unfortunately for I Am Alaska, they merely treat their EP A Day in a Life so that it ends up a chaotic, disorientating and confused mish-mash of the aforementioned.

Opener "Proletariat" is certainly trying, ushering things in with restraint and a cooing vocalist, then transitioning later on into something substantially more energetic and stuttering; it does sound vaguely like Relationship of Command or In Response, but it also seems sort of clumsy and something else is generally amiss. The next track, "Death Is a Silent Picture," is mildly smoother in such a transition yet seems to prove I Am Alaska have to stick to a formula like such once in a while to make an impact.

"Get Real" has some seriously promising elements (the Cedric vocal aping at 1:13 is pretty sweet), but it straddles a line between queasy Mars Volta worship and smooth influence integration, too often falling into the former camp.

Give credit to I Am Alaska for at least having the right rearings and an ambitious story to go along with it, that being the narrative of a ghost trapped in another person's body. But don't give all the credit to them quite yet; that is, at least based on this anonymous ghost's Day in a Life.

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Get Real [ft. TDF's Mike Shaw]
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ljejr (February 23, 2009)

awesome band takes a few listens but real good and im a harsh critic! rating a band on name, album artwork, etc. is moronic.. get a life.. learn good music

RYANGP (August 18, 2008)

Score is for the band's name and album artwork.

The actual music is probably a 5 or 6. It sounds like if you threw ATDI, The Fall of Troy, Circa Survive and Dino Velvet in a blender and funneled the subsequent beverage. It doesn't go down smooth.

darkdouchebagdarrel (August 18, 2008)

a day in the life? is that the best album name they could come up with? i mean that used to be the name of hawthorne heights. boo.

nocigar (August 16, 2008)

are these assholes even from alaska? if not, they get a zero.

Mrdogg45 (August 15, 2008)

I heard these guys on Myspace a while back and kind of dug on them.

I mean, I was drunk at the time. So I can't really be sure.

But still, I'm interested, despite the poor rating here. I do love me some ATDI, and I'll give anything that is even remotely like them a chance. The methadone to my heroine.

fallingupwards84 (August 15, 2008)

one of the worst band names ever

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