END ON END: Why Evolve When We Can Go Sideways: CD

Individually, inside the songs themselves, there’s a lot going on. It’s some very intricate, tightly constructed, thoughtful emotional hardcore that breaks down, filigrees (sometimes piano, sometimes violin), collects itself like a bomb that builds itself from the inside, and explodes open. The screaming and shouts come across as genuine, not shrill. End on End has definitely expanded from its early recordings and made a mold they can call more their own. And I can sit down and listen to a couple songs and get really energized, but then a weird thing happens. It’s tough to get through the entire album. If I don’t listen to it closely and deliberately, track by track, the album begins to sound the same. I can’t figure this out, and I’ve listened to it over ten times, getting the same result. Huh.

 

 –todd (Substandard)