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Rain Over Battle: The Full Effect of ThunderThe Full Effect of Thunder (2009)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: Blackjaw_Blackjaw_
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Please bear with me as I discuss the current state of music while saying nothing you haven’t heard before, because I’m going to imply that the music being reviewed here is something special. Basically, since the Internet came about we’ve been able to hear hundreds more bands than we would have in the past. The members of those bands have had the same opportunity, so they’ve picked their favourites and found a particular sound to emulate, and we hear the product. Despite good intentions, many of these new bands wind up creating music that sounds clichéd and artificial. This happened in the past too, but we had the filter of “if it’s not that great, it doesn’t make it to our ears,” whereas now we hear everything. If the music created lacks originality, it can still be well-received, but soon fades away into obscurity. If it’s original but comes off forced, it will get a wide range of feedback based on each reviewer’s naivety, and it won’t solidify itself in music history. But if it’s both unoriginal and forced, then the likelihood of long-term appeal is basically obliterated, and we the listeners are left feeling empty. All this staleness has left us with a longing for classic, fulfilling albums with as much staying power as those of the bands that got us into the music we love today. OK, screw it, I’ll be blunt: There’s way too fucking many bands trying to sound like Hot Water Music, Lucero, the Replacements, Against Me! and so on, and when it’s not natural, it just sucks.
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