Worlds Apart [Bonus DVD]

Worlds Apart [Bonus DVD]

by ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
     
 

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...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead have always been an ambitious, and difficult to place, band. They're too earnest and fond of grand gestures to fit in with most of the indie rock world, but too arty and obscure to jell with most emo's heart-on-sleeve directness. On Worlds Apart, they remain hard to classify, except on their own terms. Though theSee more details below

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...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead have always been an ambitious, and difficult to place, band. They're too earnest and fond of grand gestures to fit in with most of the indie rock world, but too arty and obscure to jell with most emo's heart-on-sleeve directness. On Worlds Apart, they remain hard to classify, except on their own terms. Though the Trail of Dead sound as angry, regretful, and hopeful as they did when they started, this is a much more polished album than their breakthrough, Source Tags & Codes, and their fiery sound is tempered by nods to '70s prog and album rock. The band deserves some credit for attempting to work on such a grand scale -- it's all too easy for this kind of big, passionate statement to fall on its face -- but while Worlds Apart doesn't work entirely, enough of it is compelling. Granted, it doesn't have the most promising beginning: "Ode to Isis," with its Wagnerian choral vocals, pianos, violins, screaming, and crying, is equally worrying and intriguing, and "Will You Smile Again?" doesn't really take off until the six-and-a-half-minute mark. However, the next four tracks rank among the Trail of Dead's best work: despite railing against vacuous celebrities, soccer moms, indie rock, and, of course, post-9/11 fallout and the war on terrorism, the emotions behind "Worlds Apart" are timeless; along with the frustrated idealism of "The Rest Will Follow," it's one of the band's finest anthems. "The Summer of '91"'s thundering timpani rolls and slow-building majesty use Worlds Apart's massive-sounding productions and arrangements artfully; it's been a long time -- possibly since Smashing Pumpkins' heyday -- since a band has attempted this kind of epic-scale, orchestrated rock. Speaking of the Pumpkins, "Caterwaul"'s beautifully droning guitar grind is more than a little reminiscent of that band's best rockers. Worlds Apart's second half dives deeper into prog: "A Classic Arts Showcase" and "All White" both feature soulful choirs that sound like they were transplanted directly from The Wall, but while they feel tacked onto the former song, they fit -- in a retro kind of way -- the latter song's excesses. "To Russia My Homeland," a theatrical, string-based waltz, isn't bad at all, although it seems more suited to a soundtrack than this album. It's tempting to want to hear some of these songs, particularly "The Best" and "Lost City of Refuge," delivered in a less grandiose manner, but the band's attack on complacency extends to its own music, and Worlds Apart scores points for not having merely revisited previous successes. [This edition includes a bonus DVD.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/27/2012
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0075021036970
catalogNumber:
1074635
Rank:
208013

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Ode to Isis  -  ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  2. Will You Smile Again  -  ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  3. Worlds Apart  -  ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  4. The Summer of '91  -  ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  5. The Rest Will Follow  -  ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  6. Caterwaul  -  ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  7. A Classic Arts Showcase  -  ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  8. Let It Dive  -  ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  9. To Russia My Homeland  -  ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  10. All White  -  ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  11. The Best  -  ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  12. The Lost City of Refuge  -  ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  13. Aged Dolls  -  ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  14. Richter Scale Madness  -  ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

Disc 2

  1. Bonus DVD  -  ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

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