Friday, October 31, 2014

Album Review: ‘The Great Explainer’ by The Great Explainer

Title:  The Great Explainer (Panic State Records, BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes)
Artist:  The Great Explainer (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BandCamp)

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.   


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