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Alesana: The EmptinessThe Emptiness (2010)
Reviewer Rating: 2
Contributed by: SloaneDaleySloaneDaley
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The Emptiness represents album number three for post-hardcore outfit Alesana, and you might think that their choice of album title to be a little too self-reflexive. Although there is an improvement in the songwriting compared to 2008‘s Where Myth Fades to Legend, this album is an empty listen; there still is not a single positively remarkable quality about the band and the arrangements are muddled and stifling. As song titles like “In Her Tomb by the Sounding Sea” and “Annabel” indicate, the inspiration for the album’s content comes from Edgar Allen Poe’s haunting final poem, “Annabel Lee.” When you take inspiration from such canonical source material like Alesana have, all kinds of problems arise, and it is quite obvious that their ambition exceeds their talent. 'E' for effort, though.
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