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Old 02-28-2014, 04:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Brave Little Abacus - Masked Dancers: concern in so many things you forget where you are





Title: Masked Dancers: concern in so many things you forget where you are
Artist: The Brave Little Abacus
Year: 2009

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Old 02-28-2014, 09:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Aw hell yeah. Here, they are on mediafire, and all band sanctioned downloads, like, this is one of the band members' mf account:

Masked Dancers concern in so many things you forget where you are
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*epic guitar solo blasts into my face*

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Old 02-28-2014, 09:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Aah, thanks. I found that link on their last.fm page, but I was wondering about whether it was legal to the point of messaging one of the members. I'll put the link in the first post.

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Old 03-02-2014, 06:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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10/10

The musicianship is incredibly complex and versatile, the album creates a different atmosphere then other emo albums thanks to it's experimental nature, which is also highlighted by the use of many samples and electronics.
"(underground)" and "I see it too." are my favorites
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I liked it, but I think it needs one more listen before I review it, even just the slightest. It's too much too process for just one listen.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have to listen to it again as well, but on first listen there were definitely a lot of things I liked about this album. I was a big fan of "i see it too." it was messy but still mathy and I loved the inclusion of the acoustic guitar. I didn't get songs like "he never even existed in the first place" though, I kinda got tired of that one after it repeated the same thing for 2 minutes. Initial rating 7.5/10.
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This album is one that might make you go both "wow" and "wtf", because of its fine mixture of complexity and sheer honesty. Manky said that the fourth-wave emo bands should try to break some new ground. That's exactly what this album does, taking the most important elements of midwest- and math emo, and ignoring virtually everything else. I needed some time on this album, since I usually don't listen to experimental, progressive, math etc. music; I generally like things simple. Still, I got a goosebump or two when first hearing the buildup and awesome vocals of the opening track, "I See it Too", which is my favourite on the album.

4/5
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Listening to it via youtube stream right now, really dig the atmospheric-ness of it. The tracks blend into each other really nicely, lots of variety. Love the instrumentation and the unusual, experimental samples throughout. The drumming is my favorite part of the album, really really lovin them drums. My only gripe is that for me it gets a little too spacey and artsy sometimes. I prefer the more in-your-face immediacy types of bands and when they get to that part of their songs I feel a little underwhelmed. It's fun and expressive but lacks a genuine catharsis. All that said I'm only about half way through it, perhaps they get more tortured-artistish later. Perhaps I'm just not totally in the mood for it right now.

Kinda contradicting myself here but so far my favorite track has been the most out-there one yet: Through Hallways.

Edit: Gonna hafta take that back, "born again so many times you forget you are", new favorite. Uber mathy goodness, digs. Good cathartic vox which I thought was lacking in previous tracks. 'Nuther Edit: Didn't care for the second half of the track.



Overall I'd go with 3/5. It definitely had moments where I was really into it but I got a little put off or bored at times. The parts I enjoyed I really enjoyed but the parts I didn't are just things that I don't get into with any other band or song either. The shoegazey chord bends here and there are cool. I was iffy about the samples at first but grew to like some of um. For someone like me who has a short attention span and needs a consistently energetic/stimulating sound throughout the course of an album this might be a difficult listen. "Through Hallways" remains my favorite track after all, "Remember to Wave" lost me completely, just too much going on for me to get into.
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