The second Touche Amore announced they were writing/recording a new album, it instantly became the most anticipated album of the year for me. Very few bands have gained the amount of attention and momentum that Touche Amore in the past year. From doing self releases to now being signed to Deathwish Inc., things are changing for the band. Did this affect their sophomore release for better or worse? Was the album worth crashing the Deathwish Inc. E-Store? Read past the break for my review of “Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me. Enjoy!
The album opens up with “~“, pronounced “tilde” and with the first few opening notes the song pulls you in slowly only to come crushing down on you with Jeremy’s first opening lines screaming: “I’m parting the sea between brightness and me! Before I drown myself and everyone and everything!“. It’s fair to say from this moment on you are hooked with Jeremy‘s screaming, super clean blast beats and crushing guitars.
The album moves rather quickly and, before you know it, you’re on track seven going “What the hell just happened?”. And this is a good thing. The lyrics to this album hit really hard emotionally. The tone of the lyrics bounces back and forth between giving up and having hope, highlighting what it really feels like being in your mid-20s not knowing what to do or how to handle things at times. Ed Rose produced this having previously worked with The Get Up Kids and Coalesce I felt that he was super appropriate for Touche Amore. The album was recorded over the span of five days with him having the band being recorded live to achieve an “honest/raw feel”.
I say without a doubt that “honest/raw” feel they were going for was definitely achieved. I can’t remember the last time an album moved me like this. Maybe because I’m the same age group as the band or maybe it’s because I feel music, especially hardcore music, really needs a band like this. The last three songs blend together the nicest. The whole album really flows nicely but those last three songs just really stand out. “Condolences” being the album’s only “slow” track serves as a nice build up for the next song. Only a piano is being played during the song with Jeremy screaming in what sounds like a very hollow room matching the tone of the song. With a line in particular standing out “If you fantasize about your funeral, I understand. I’ve been there before. If there’s more importance in the music played than who’d attend, then we are the same!“. “Home Away From Here” and “Amends” tie a nice bow to finish the album up with the last line being “For what it’s worth, I’m sorry and at the end, I swear I’m trying!“.
To be honest I can’t say enough nice things about this album. I knew it would be perfect and it definitely exceeded my expectations. The band really stepped it up, made some changes and came out with a fantastic record. This is not an album that should be overlooked by any means. Please pick this album up, support this band and this album. Bands like this deserve all the support they can get.