Youth Pictures Of Florence Henderson – Self-Titled (2010)

Posted: January 5, 2011 by Is This Revolutionary? in Album, Reviews
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Now, everyone who actually reads this obscure blog knows my feud with post-rock vocals. She’s a heartless devil, stealing many a talented band away from their best sound because she must ruin almost everything she touches. Almost.

The album opens up in a very light and airy way, feeling a lot like Signal Hill. Honestly, they could have made this album just off of the instrumentals alone, but the vocals are really what set this band away from all the others. They’re not used quite as much as other bands (The Appleseed Cast, Butterfly Explosions…etc.) but are used almost as another instrument. It’s a truly beautiful mix and should set at least a little bit of an example to other bands about how vocals should be included into a mainly purely-instrumental genre.

My favorite song off this album was definitely “Our Door Handles Stopped Moving Years Ago”. The violin in it was so gracefully done and the acoustic/group vocal ending of the song seriously gave me goosebumps. Another interesting feature about this band is their use of sound samples that they place seemingly under the music, adding to the feel of whatever song they’re placed in. The layering of sounds during songs like, “The League Will Never Let The Albino Kid Win”, make an interesting combination of vocals on top of music on top of what seems to be people having conversations. Symbolic? I have no idea, but it makes for great music.

Rating: 5/5 Kegs. I try not to be the guy who just gives out 4 or 5 out of 5’s on everything, but this truly is incredible. Good work.



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