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Watch Out!
     

Watch Out!

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by Alexisonfire
 

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Alexisonfire's 2003 Equal Vision debut was one of the stronger entries on the ever-evolving emo/metal, post-hardcore axis, and the Ontario combo makes a few leaps with its sophomore return. As openers "Accidents" and "Control" prove, they've heightened the dynamic between singing and screaming. But they've also discovered a new yen for moody exploration, and fill the

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Alexisonfire's 2003 Equal Vision debut was one of the stronger entries on the ever-evolving emo/metal, post-hardcore axis, and the Ontario combo makes a few leaps with its sophomore return. As openers "Accidents" and "Control" prove, they've heightened the dynamic between singing and screaming. But they've also discovered a new yen for moody exploration, and fill the middle of Watch Out! with battered water wings that float on waves of emotion and reverb. That's fine; there's always the accessibility factor to worry about. Besides, Watch Out! really only refines what Alexisonfire already had the chops and lyrical potential for. It's rage rearranged, not opportunistic subtraction. "It Was Fear of Myself That Made Me Odd" and "Side Walk When She Walks" have their atmospheres broken up by varying instrumental fills; on the former it's technical guitar figures, the latter urgent metal chording and rousing tempo changes. "No Transitory" seems to begin in mid-scream, its tearing distortion giving way to thumping bass and searching lyrics. "If everything goes wrong if it's one more endless night/You know there's always tomorrow and tomorrow..." lead guy George sings, and it's clear that beyond the bloodcurdling screams and shifting parts, this is music made by kids still figuring out how to live. Some might decide that the band's spending too much time in the clouds when it's better at corrosive riffs and wiry screams. But, as one of the vocalists notes toward the end of the album, "Maybe music isn't dead/Maybe we all just forget what it f*ckin' sounded like." That's a truism, especially in the post-everything world of hardcore fallout, where vitriol and choking power lose purchase with each new combo's appropriation. Alexisonfire tries to forward things with an exploration of both ragged screaming energy and the drifting atmospheric strata. It might confuse some, but it bodes well for Alexisonfire's future.

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Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
Equal Vision Records
UPC:
0794558109529
catalogNumber:
95
Rank:
65022

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Watch Out! 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my fav. album to listen to. It is totally awesome and I love to hear the way the combine their lyrics between screeming and singing. This is truely their best album yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alexisonfire caught my attention with the self titled debut, and they lived up to expectations to the sequal. This cd will I am sure have question marks in the sudden change in pace in regards to the vocal time between Dallas and George, however I think if the band is going to last, this was a step in the right direction, this album is only a day old in my cd player but I can't stop listening, better production, better musical blending OVERALL JUST A BETTER CD. If you are expecting the thrashy previous sound of alexisonfire, expect it, but in shorter bursts with a much more enjoyable sound. WAY TO GO AOF, for anyone who complains about the vocals, you need to appreciate the fact, that they proved they have talent, which for some time was in question
Anonymous More than 1 year ago