Weak's End, The 0104


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Review Text Emery defines an extreme separation between their screaming and singing sides on Weak's End, their debut for Tooth & Nail. Opener "Walls," and the similarly-arranged "Ponytail Parades" do occasionally burst forth with hardcore-inspired screeching. But the louder, crazier moments are tightly regimented from the tracks' normal baroque and dreamy flow. The definition seems like a conscious effort to make a strong statement while still making accessible, emo-inflected music. Emery doesn't really make clear what that statement is; they prefer to suggest that it's there before drifting into opaque lyricisms that mull over personal pain and a general world-weariness. "By All Accounts ," "Fractions," and "Note From Which a Chord Is Built" form an ambitious midsection for the record -- they're impeccably-paced mini epics, even if they don't amount to much in the end. Best might be "Under Serious Attack," which blends rousing post-hardcore emotion with weird jazzy interludes and a veritable treasure chest of reverb vocals. Those who think of Thursday or Spirit That Guides Us as wavering too much toward sonic experimentation -- at the expense of songs -- might like Emery's more subtle approach. ~ Johnny Loftus

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Walls - 3:23
  2. 2. Ponytail Parades - 4:05
  3. 3. Disguising Mistakes With Goodbyes - 3:20
  4. 4. By All Accounts (Today Was a Disaster) - 4:06
  5. 5. Fractions - 5:14
  6. 6. Note from Which a Chord Is Built - 2:28
  7. 7. Bloodless - 4:22
  8. 8. Under Serious Attack - 4:47
  9. 9. As Your Voice Fades - 4:02
  10. 10. Secret - 6:56

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