Tears on Tape

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
There is a certain segment of rock & roll fandom that is adverse to change for any reason. Usually, it's an older generation that loves acts whose albums continue to sound the same. Hardcore followers of Status Quo, Bon Scott-era AC/DC, and pre-synth ZZ Top take note. Fans of Finnish goth pop rockers H.I.M. are hardly baby boomers, though. In listening to their catalog, one or two things become self-evident: either they are happy to give their fans exactly what they desire over and over again, or they are incapable of change or perhaps both, which is a win-win. Tears on Tape proves that H.I.M. moves forward and back but remains mostly in one place. Certain albums rock a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
There is a certain segment of rock & roll fandom that is adverse to change for any reason. Usually, it's an older generation that loves acts whose albums continue to sound the same. Hardcore followers of Status Quo, Bon Scott-era AC/DC, and pre-synth ZZ Top take note. Fans of Finnish goth pop rockers H.I.M. are hardly baby boomers, though. In listening to their catalog, one or two things become self-evident: either they are happy to give their fans exactly what they desire over and over again, or they are incapable of change or perhaps both, which is a win-win. Tears on Tape proves that H.I.M. moves forward and back but remains mostly in one place. Certain albums rock a bit harder, some feature more polished production, but essentially the hooks, song structures, and dynamics have remained the same throughout their history. The twin subjects on TOT are love and death. Lead crooner/ lyricist Ville Valo has romantic love firmly at the center of his vocabulary, and celebrates its riches, mourns its loss, and meditates on its meaning. Here he examines love as it encounters the greatest of all human mysteries: the great beyond. First single, "Lips Go Blue," commences with a riff worthy of Black Sabbath, but as keyboards and guitars vie for dominance, Valo croons about literally loving someone to death in a '60s bubble gum pop melody. Speaking of Sabbath H.I.M.'s guitarist is married to Tony Iommi's daughter, they pay formal tribute by appropriating the riff from "A National Acrobat" in "Love Without Tears." "Into the Night" starts out with a rawer guitar edge but quickly slips into melodic, romantic '80s hair metal. "No Love" attempts to shake off the lyricism in favor of full-on, riff-centric metal that is musically reminiscent of Dio's finer moments, but it doesn't succeed because of its ballad-esque hook. "W.L.S.T.D." gets closer still with its slow progression, martial drums, and atmospheric keyboards; even in his most sinister snarl, Valo is so wistful he sounds like a jilted schoolboy, and H.I.M. are incapable of writing songs without proper hooks. Tears on Tape delivers exactly what the band's fans seem to require: a tragic, nearly ghoulish fascination with love and death that marries gothic pop romanticism with heavy rock. How many records does one need like this? Here H.I.M. seem to be banking a lot; and with more than 20 years and boatloads of albums and singles, who's going to argue?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2013
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018342322
  • Catalog Number: 83423
  • Sales rank: 40,767

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Unleash the Red (1:07)
  2. 2 All Lips Go Blue (3:49)
  3. 3 Love Without Tears (3:37)
  4. 4 I Will Be the End of You (3:33)
  5. 5 Tears on Tape (3:20)
  6. 6 Into the Night (3:36)
  7. 7 Hearts at War (3:45)
  8. 8 Trapped in Autumn (1:33)
  9. 9 No Love (3:29)
  10. 10 Drawn & Quartered (5:13)
  11. 11 Lucifer's Chorale (1:18)
  12. 12 W.L.S.T.D. (4:12)
  13. 13 Kiss the Void (2:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
H.I.M. Primary Artist
Emerson Burton Group Member
Gas Group Member
Linde Group Member
Burton Group Member
Valo Group Member
Mige Group Member
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Hiili Hiilesmaa Producer, Engineer
Valo Composer, Lyricist
Rami Mursula Layout
Daniel P. Carter Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    This is by far the most mature HIM album has put out to date. Th

    This is by far the most mature HIM album has put out to date. The lyrics are deeply moving, showing an almost acceptance to life, and what it may place in our paths. The good, the bad, happy, sad, painful, etc... This album almost says that life is not perfect, but it is just the way it is meant to be. Flaws, bumps in the road; they help us to grow as humans.

    Musically the album is perfect. I am forever in awe of the talent these men possess. Such an electic mix, makes this album diverse and a joy to listen to.

    Only one issue with the album... Ville's voice sometimes gets lost behind all the instruments. At times, I could hardly hear anything he sang. I don't know if they intentionally put the levels this way, but I would have liked to hear his voice clearer on all songs.

    All in all, Tears on Tape is a fabulous album. Well written, beautifully performed, and intensely moving.

    C.D.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    H.I.M. let's see...Hmmmmm...amazing! As always they exceed all e

    H.I.M. let's see...Hmmmmm...amazing! As always they exceed all expectations for a ninth album. More upbeat than the later later albums, combining the oldest and latest albums' best 'bits and bobs" and "add[ing] in a new, couple of spices" they definitely created what Ville says is "something that is worth while listening to, you know, from the beginning to the end."

    "...a perverse combo, that makes it really H.I.M." --Ville Valo

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