Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Circle Takes the Square - As The Roots Undo.


if Sonic Youth and Godspeed You Black Emperor got together and played violent emotional hardcore, they would be Circle Takes the Square.

every song is awesome. the songs stand out on their own, but they also mesh together perfectly. the fast punk/hardcore parts are insanely fast, not in a grindcore sense, but more of late 80s early 90s emo (Heroin, Antioch Arrow) being pushed to it's breaking point. the melodic passages invoke the afformentioned Godspeed you Black Emperor (in my mind, that is), and are a great contrast that compliments the agressive side of the music rather than clashing with it (unlike Between the Buried and Me).

music this over the top needs lyrics that match the peaks, valleys, and flatlines, and CTTS's are no exception. some of the lyrics border on being too pretensious/artsy, but they play with so much energy and passion (i can hear the cries of "faggot") that it sounds (and feels) genuine and not just art for art's sake. and i much prefer good artistic, emotional lyrics to the generic nihilsm and general thoughtlessness of most lyrics out there today (in the underground and abroad).

well enough of this gay banter, go listen to the album.

NP:Circle Takes the Square-A Crater to Cough In.


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