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Circa Survival


I'll start out by saying I've been an Anthony Green fan since the very first time I heard the Saosin Translating the Name EP through a friend of theirs. His voice is signature, a soaring wail that cuts through the accompanying music like a blade. He left Saosin (who replaced him with a guy that sounds almost exactly the same, but not quite as good) to form Circa Survive, who ultimately developed into a much better band. Their new record just dropped and I've been trying to figure out if/how much I like it. There are definitely some standouts with fantastic dynamic elements (the riff to open "Living Together" rules, as does the melody). In fact, the first 5 tracks are consistently kick-you-in-the-face awesome, but after that I feel it takes a step back. The melodies get predictable, the guitar riffs less cutting, the songs themselves too similar. Anthony can definitely get in a groove where all his melody choices sound the same, to the band's detriment. Unfortunately, if this were a 9-10 song LP, it'd be a lot better. As it stands, at 12 songs, On Letting Go loses momentum in a wash of copycat songs in the latter stages. There are some moments of greatness scattered through the end, but too buried to save the entire second half of the album. All that being said, I'd still buy it for the first 5 songs. Which I did. So there.

Listen:
Living Together
The Greatest Lie
[from On Letting Go|buy]

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Blogger sandpaperhearts said...

Check out Circa Survive on Warped Tour all summer long! Their new album "On Letting Go" is on sale at Target for only $9.99!

7/01 Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/03 Vancouver, BC - Thunderbird Stadium
7/05 Calgary, AB - Race City Speedway
7/07 Salt Lake City, UT - Utah State Fairgrounds
7/08 Denver, CO - Invesco Field
7/11 Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Pavilion
7/12 Las Cruces, NM - N.M.S.U. Practice Field
7/13 Selma, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/14 Dallas, TX - Smirnoff Music Centre
7/15 Houston, TX - Reliant Center
7/18 Atlanta, GA - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre
7/19 Green Cove Springs, FL - Reynolds Park Yatch Center
7/20 St. Petersburg, FL - Vinoy Park
7/21 Miami, FL - Bicentennial Park
7/22 Orlando, FL - Tinker Field
7/23 Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Theater - 1:00 PM
7/24 Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/25 Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion - 1:00 PM
7/26 Scranton, PA - Montage Mountain Amphitheatre
7/27 Detriot, MI - Comerica Park
7/28 Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/29 Minneapolis, MN - Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
7/31 Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Amphitheater
8/01 Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
8/02 Cleveland, OH - Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
8/03 Camden, NJ - Tweeter Center
8/04 Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum
8/05 Englishtown, NJ - Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
8/07 Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
8/08 Burgettstown, PA - Post Gazette Pavillion
8/09 Mansfield, MA - Tweeter Center
8/10 Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/11 Barrie, ONT - Molson Park
8/12 Montreal, QC - Parc Jean Drapeau
8/14 Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/15 Bonner Springs, KS - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/17 Nampa, ID - Idaho Center Amphitheatre -
8/18 George, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
8/19 Saint Helens, OR - Columbia Meadows
8/22 Fresno, CA - Selland Arena
8/23 Marysville, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/24 Chula Vista, CA - Coors Amphitheatre
8/25 Carson, CA - Home Depot Center

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