A Shared History in Tragedy

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Look at the band name, look at the cover art, look at the album title and even the label, and you get a pretty good idea of what to expect from this disc: huge chainsaw guitars, double-bass drums, tricky time changes and lots of screaming, maybe some of it in that Cookie Monster voice that we've all come to love so much. Right? Wrong. Opening with a spare intro consisting of tom-toms, orchestral strings, a hint of electronica and, okay, just a little bit of yelling, the Black Maria's A Shared History in Tragedy knocks your preconceptions over and then proceeds to run roughshod over them for the remainder of the album's length. That's not to say that their guitars aren't ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Look at the band name, look at the cover art, look at the album title and even the label, and you get a pretty good idea of what to expect from this disc: huge chainsaw guitars, double-bass drums, tricky time changes and lots of screaming, maybe some of it in that Cookie Monster voice that we've all come to love so much. Right? Wrong. Opening with a spare intro consisting of tom-toms, orchestral strings, a hint of electronica and, okay, just a little bit of yelling, the Black Maria's A Shared History in Tragedy knocks your preconceptions over and then proceeds to run roughshod over them for the remainder of the album's length. That's not to say that their guitars aren't plenty loud, or that their singing isn't plenty aggressive -- it's just that the aggression and noise are consistently harnessed in the service of both great pop hooks and, as often as not, genuinely complex song structures. Note, for example, the structural intricacy and sharp melodicism and yelling of "Perilous Curse"; it's a pattern than holds true through such other aggro-pop fare as "Van Gogh" and "Call to Arms" as well. There are a couple of weird moments, like the choral outro on the bizarrely titled "Thief in the Ranks Your Bike," and anyone who can deliver the line "I'm a tightrope walker and a vagabond poet who was killed for an artist's guilt" with a straight face needs to be smacked soundly about the head and shoulders a few times. But that sound. Geez. It's like a missile factory run by the Beach Boys. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/2006
  • Label: Victory Records
  • UPC: 746105032026
  • Catalog Number: 320
  • Sales rank: 283,648

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Perilous Curse (3:50)
  2. 2 Waking Up with Wolves (3:46)
  3. 3 Nothing Comes Easy But You (3:26)
  4. 4 Van Gogh (3:41)
  5. 5 A Call to Arms (3:36)
  6. 6 Lucid (3:31)
  7. 7 The Concubine (4:05)
  8. 8 Living Expenses (4:38)
  9. 9 Fool's Gold (2:49)
  10. 10 A Thief in the Ranks (Your Bike) (5:32)
  11. 11 11:11 (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Black Maria Primary Artist
Chris Gray Vocals
Mike de Eyre Bass, Keyboards, Group Member
Alan Nacinovic Guitar, Group Member
Theo McKibbon Drums
Scott Swain Guitar, Group Member
Mike De Eyre Electric Bass, Keyboards
Alan Nacinovic Guitar
Scott Swain Guitar
Technical Credits
Mike Green Composer, Producer, Engineer
Heather West Publicity
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
The Black Maria Composer
Chris Gray Composer
Tony Holiday Cover Illustration
Tom Baker Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hey Rick

    Good review but the part about “the tight rope walker vagabond poet bit”, where you say the singer “needs to be smacked...” Is about the death of the Bayside drummer and is meant to comfort his now widowed wife. Spend a little time on the road in the dead of winter, driving ten hours over night and then having your van possibly flip over, while you have family waiting for you at home, wondering if you are ok. Maybe then you would understand the line and even be qualified to speak about the topic in the song. Typical reviewer not doing his research and then making an insensitive comment about a lyric he doesn't understand for humor. Unfortunately Rick it's not a funny topic for anyone that knew Johnny beats. I wish there were more responsible music reviewers out there! Jerry

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