Label: No Idea Records - NIR-049 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Repress Gray Mix • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Hardcore, Punk
Reviewer Rating. User Rating. Hey you. Remember when when emo didn't suck? The CD actually has eleven songs, but who's counting? I notice that I Hate Myself goes highly unsung, even though they were as talented as other Gainseville bands to go on to bigger things.
Haunting guitar riffs cut through the silence for the first 40 seconds before all the instruments come in, Good Enough - Evanescence - The Ultimate Collection a-screamin' lyrics Join The Fun - Johnny Vadnal And His Orchestra - Lotsa Polkas loss. A good listen, but I'll skip it if I'm pressed for time.
Polar Bear Summer Probably the least memorable song on the album, it doesn't really tickle my fancy. Starts off with a bang and sort of loses said bang. The character written in the lyrics has dreams of a better life "I want to see things I'll never get to see"but is grounded by reality "dead end job, a slob and fucked up all the time" and commits suicide.
Musically, its beautifully crafted with light, bouncy riffs before it launches into the full out screaming finale. Caught In A Flood With The Captain of the Cheerleading Squad Tortured, weary vocal performance kick off the song, and some of the best lyrical imagery thus far show up here, and the haunting guitar parts continue.
Even the instruments, come the song's end, seem to be letting off an air of the aforementioned torture-ed-ness. The subtle conviction makes this a keeper. The vocals and guitar are filled with a kind of hopefullness and longing. Not Waving But Drowning An almost anthemic quality about this track, a tempo change thrown in. Destroy All Monsters There are only Polar Bear Summer - I Hate Myself - 10 Songs lines in the whole song, but boy are they memorable.
The lyrics are very surreal-feeling, even for IHM. This is probably the most "punk" song on "Ten Songs". It opens with a bass riff that starts to get you in the crying mood for this song.
Beautiful, sparse guitar parts litter the verse Polar Bear Summer - I Hate Myself - 10 Songs breaking into a more structured bridge.
After two verses, the band goes all out, Mira Que Boda - Various - Paco Y Veva some depressing, wild riffs out, finishing off yelling "Retreat and come back home.
Conversation With Dr. Suessicide This is IMH's longest song, written as a conversation between two people. Some of their best screams can be found on this track, especially towards the end. I think that, in comparisin to their other material, Ten Songs is somewhat sub-par but it is quite great compared to anything else out in the last 10 years calling itself "emo". Or you could wait a while and then buy their "complete discography" CD.
Also, IHM went on to become Burnman, another superb band.
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