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On Letting Go
     

On Letting Go

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by Circa Survive
 
"You'll be relieved when you open up and let yourself seem vulnerable," Anthony Green coaxes on "Your Friends Are Gone," and he and Circa Survive are leading by example with their revealing album On Letting Go. Across a dozen songs, Circa Survive explore their inner workings and feelings, their

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"You'll be relieved when you open up and let yourself seem vulnerable," Anthony Green coaxes on "Your Friends Are Gone," and he and Circa Survive are leading by example with their revealing album On Letting Go. Across a dozen songs, Circa Survive explore their inner workings and feelings, their relationships, their lives, and even their philosophies, delving deep into their psyches along the way. However, for all this exposure, the lyrics are often veiled enough that the group isn't left entirely naked, and sometimes even the themes are obscured. "The Difference Between Medicine and Poison Is in the Dose" is ostensibly about writer's block, but there's more emotional wallop than just that within. "Semi Constructive Criticism" is a bit more straightforward, an apology to a slighted bandmember, and the more obscure "Living Together" delves into the effect of music-making itself -- but is "In the Morning and Amazing..." addressed to a person or an instrument? From the disowning of a wayward parent (the title track) to the philosophical questioning of "Kicking Your Crosses Down" and "Close Your Eyes to See," On Letting Go isn't content to let anything go without dissecting it first. And perhaps because there's so much lyrical intensity within, this time around Circa Survive create a more forthright sound than previously. Of course, the guitars still cascade across the grooves, off-kilter drumbeats still spatter the set, and the band's epic sound remains intact. But now their dramatic shifts are no longer the focus, with melodies coming even more strongly to the fore, along with more variation in styling. Circa Survive are growing at an astounding rate, and this much more mature effort suggests they're now reaching their prime.

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Release Date:
05/29/2007
Label:
Equal Vision Records
UPC:
0794558113922
catalogNumber:
139
Rank:
11162

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On Letting Go 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Circa survive has an indescribable sound. The songs themselves are unlike any other rock songs that are popular right now. I bought their CD 'On Letting Go'. Since then I have been trying to get more of their other CDs, and have been downloading some of their video concerts from Itunes. Once you start listening to them you won't stop!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been listening to this album a few times, though not really to the lyrics yet - what I can say is they possess an ethereal, atmospheric sound that implies the band's been around longer than it actually has. Quite polished and accomplished, can't complain about any of the songs in this album. I really am more of a dinosaur, with a love for arena, prog metal, some rap-rock and Seattle rock, but this was a welcome change.
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