Friday, October 31, 2014
Album Review: ‘The Great Explainer’ by The Great Explainer
The Great Explainer’s self-titled full-length debut is a fascinating mix of brutal vocals over catchy post-hardcore-played-through-the-lense-of-The-Replacements music. At first the vocals can be a bit taxing with their defiant guttural nature, but after multiple listens, they begin to not only meld with the music but accentuate it. The Great Explainer is a tight, tight band and that is on full display here. From the opening of “Shadowcaster” to the closing of “Unapproachable” The Great Explainer is a record that works but it is one that challenges the listener to invest the time to truly get it. This is by no means a criticism. Far too often records don’t challenge the listener, or the ones that do only do so by presenting what is essentially controlled noise. The Great Explainer have put together a record steeped in melody and hooks but ones that aren’t obvious or trite, thus requiring time to appreciate. So like a good wine, The Great Explainer is a record that only gets better with time.