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Old 11-05-2011, 01:08 PM   #76
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First impression: solid album, doesn't quite have the diversity or density of Romance Is Boring. Having said that, I thought it got off to a much better start; I'd take the opening three tracks here over the previous album's counterparts (I really love when the title track kicks in).

Is Aleks missed? Yes, and it seemed like Kim was being kept in the background, but then The Black Bird, The Dark Slope features her prominently. Her voice is not as alluring as Aleks', but after a decent verse she begins another part in a higher register that sounds double-tracked and is really, really good. This low/high thing is repeated again before the end of the song, which is definitely a stand-out on the album

Second half other than that didn't really knock my socks off, though Baby I Got The Death Rattle was great. The biggest letdown of the album was the closing track Dark Leaves, Dark Sees Pt. II, which really crawled and never went anywhere. Part I of this song, from the Heat Rash EP, was a lot better.

Overall this reminds me of We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, which also had a killer opening, but didn't satisfy overall on the same level as the album before it, coming off a bit slight to the LP before it. And WABWAD didn't finish strong, either. Of course, that album had the title track, Miserabilia, Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #1, which may all be better than anything on here. But I'd say that Hello Sadness is a bit more consistent.
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Old 11-05-2011, 06:52 PM   #77
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It's pretty decent, better than I was expecting but a lot of the issues I had with the singles carried over. As terrific as Songs About Your Girlfriend was, the BAND energy there is in pretty short supply throughout. There are some moments that remind me of how strong the band as a whole can be (Kim single-handedly saving that insipid Black Bird song, the inspired drumming throughout, etc.), but this album feels too much like a mopey Gareth solo album to me.

And that's unfortunate, because this is undoubtedly his worst album lyrically. So many lame cliches about birds flying, bleeding, broken hearts, tears, lungs, and other emo crap that doesn't belong anywhere near a Los Camp album. Gareth is easily the worst part of the record.

However, the first side in general is very good, and I even liked the lead singles I was skeptical about in context. Plus, Songs About Your Girlfriend and Life Is A Long Time are excellent. Then Death Rattle comes in and shoots the album full of life right when it needs it most.

I'll give it a few more listens and hope it grows on me.There are some fundamental problems here I don't know if I can get past, but the melodies are generally not among them. It's very pretty stuff, and well sequenced, so it's definitely not a bad record, but they aren't playing to their strengths here either. If this was a new album from a band I'd never heard of, I would probably be a lot kinder to it.
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:50 PM   #78
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Couldn't help but be disappointed. Some great tunes - By Your Hand (shame it was a bit of a red herring), the next three, Death Rattle... but shit, where is In Medias Res? I Just Sighed? This is a Flag? Straight in at 101? You Me Dancing? Death to Los Camp! 2007? Song for the Other Kurt?

I'll still buy it, but damn. Romance is Boring remains a phenomenal album, and this is just really disappointing in comparison. There's nothing that even comes remotely close to being as good as In Medias Res.
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:53 PM   #79
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In Medias Res is, too, my favorite Los Camp song and I don't hear that ambition in the arrangements or storytelling most of the time here on Hello Sadness. There were a lot of bummer songs on Romance Is Boring, but that's not all they were.
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I think you're holding it to the same unfair standard you hold MGMT to, if you're looking for another "In Medias Res". The idea of expecting a band to write a stellar, life-altering, best track ever each time they produce a new album is only going to lead to disappointment.
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:05 PM   #81
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Yeah that's probably a fair call. And a bit contradictory too given I can judge Mylo Xyloto on its own merits without comparing to Viva La Vida. It just makes it harder because I loved Romance so goddam much. I think more listening will take me away from that.
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:12 PM   #82
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These are all initial impressions, even though we are all prone to hyperbole at one time or another.

I love In Media Res (still can't believe they didn't play it at my show--who doesn't play the first song on their new album?), but I think I like By Your Hand a little more, even if it isn't as complex musically or lyrically.
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Very true, Laz. Hopefully it didn't come across like I was upset at you, Cobbler, was just pointing out something I noticed.

I really think this album will grow on people once they can separate it from the others, but we'll see
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I'm sure I'll end up liking in its own right. Just listening to Romance is Boring. I didn't really listen closely to the lyrics for the new one, but I didn't notice anything as straight-to-the-heart as I Just Sighed.

I've displayed marriage proposals on jumbotrons of ball games you've not been at
I've written eulogies in guest books in galleries in the hope that you might pass


And that's just two lines. I mean, the whole song is emo as fuck, but they just pull it off so well.
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Trying to download these on my cell phone is SUCH a bitch.
do you use torrent? i use tTorrent app for android, works like a charm.
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There is a torrent app? Why the hell would Android let that on the market? Or are these apps just not monitored at all?
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do you use torrent? i use tTorrent app for android, works like a charm.
I don't like to torrent, but that's an option I had not considered!
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The thing about Android is that you don't HAVE to download from the Android market. So even if they've taken the Torrent app off the market, you can just download the app online. That's what happened with the Grooveshark App. With the lawsuits and legality of Grooveshark up in the air, Android decided to take the App off the market. You can still download it from Grooveshark's site, however.
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this is actually my first experience with this band. just never really got around to them. so far, i'm impressed. gonna check out Romance is Boring as well.
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I love the titletrack and Songs About Your Girlfriend. The rest sounded pretty good too on first listen.
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