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Attack in Black – Years (By One Thousand Fingertips)
March 24, 2009, 4:40 pm
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I have the irrational need to defend this album. So here we go.

I like to think of Attack in Black as a punk band at heart. They put on a stellar show and write great music, and these are the things you need to keep in mind when listening to this album.

Years (By One Thousand Fingertips)I once read somewhere that the fellows weren’t happy with the way Marriage was done (happy or unhappy, Marriage is a fine album indeed) and instead of sulking around and complaining, they did something about it. Less than 4 months later the lo-fi, folky The Curve of the Earth was released. I’ve only heard a few tracks off this album but I’ve heard enough to know that fans of the The Curve of the Earth will appreciate Years.

Years explores an abundance of melodies and and arrangements. The title track sets the tone for the record, it’s simple, but it moves along nicely. To be honest, there isn’t one song on the album I dislike, they’re all quite pleasant and full of investment. For example take the track “Leather Jacket” which closes with simple humming but I think it adds a nice level of personal emotion. The music is full of vivid imagery and the lyrics are clear.

Before you pass judgment on this record, think about how many directions each track could go in once played live, I think that’s one of the most interesting parts of this album. I’m fairly certain unless I end up at an acoustic Attack in Black show, I’m not going to be hearing renditions of the songs so close to the recordings. I like to imagine the different ways they’ll back these songs at Call The Office.

First listen: 7/10
Flow: 9/10
Individual Songs: 8/10
Discography: 8/10
Length: 4/5
Album Art: 4/5
Total: 40/50

A great album, you just have to stick with it and see these guys live!

Tracking: Joel Plaskett – Through & Through & Through
March 14, 2009, 2:54 am
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I cannot get enough of this track, I listen to it on repeat for hours at a time, I think it’s a problem.Joel Plaskett

Things that make this track awesome

  • Horns
  • Harmonies
  • Call and Answer
  • 60s/70s Throw Back

I think my favourite part of this track is the call and answer. Plaskett employs Alberta’s PEI’s Rose Cousins and New York’s Ana Egge to aid him on this album and they do a fantastic job on this track, perfectly blending innocence and wisdom. Not only are the vocals fantastic, but the lyrics are engaging. Who else manages to reference the Berlin Wall and April Wine in the same song?

Why is this song so gosh darn catchy?

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