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Author's Rating
Vocals 7.75
Musicianship 9
Lyrics 9.25
Production 9.25
Creativity 8.5
Lasting Value 8.25
Reviewer Tilt 9
Final Verdict: 87%
Member Ratings
Vocals 9
Musicianship 9.63
Lyrics 9.38
Production 9.44
Creativity 9.56
Lasting Value 9.13
Reviewer Tilt 9.25
Average: 93%
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So Many Dynamos - The Loud Wars

Reviewed by: Julia Conny (06/09/09)
So Many Dynamos - The Loud Wars
Record Label: Vagrant Records
Release Date: June 9th


Yeah, I'm all about The Dismemberment Plan, but let's not be naive here. These young kids - they straight up don't know the history. They don't know how crucially AWESOME Q and Not You were or why Les Savy Fav is more a romper than your devil crunkcore. They don't get it. And for that, they'll only maybe barely GET So Many Dynamos and their third record (and first for Vagrant Records), The Loud Wars, but there's a small chance. For a band whose main cakewalk operates in a game that's mathy post-punk lathered with technical, frisky guitar, electronic quirk and bursting melodies, The Loud Wars goes down as sweet as a juice box.

OK, maybe sweet isn't the best descriptor. But on The Loud Wars, the bobs and pounces are still slick to the touch. Every last bit of the album pulsates, breathes even, down to the crisp, fluid guitar leads, vibrating beef of the keyboard and juiced-up bass lines, and easily excitable percussion. The Loud Wars acts quickly. The first track, "Artifacts of Sound" jumps in with tumbles of bass drum and stringy pairs of guitar leads and key tones. It's the way of most of The Loud Wars, and we're told this within the first busy bee seconds of the album: things are going to be chaotic. As the album spins on, when you start to feel that dizzy spell, or when you think the chaos is a Tilt-A-Whirl teetering on loose screws, ready for a carnival slaughter, suck it up. On The Loud Wars, So Many Dynamos are in check with every note and every shift they produce. Their swirling discord never loses sight of its path of destination, and this is more impressive than their ability to craft clever and catchy from tunes that are musically enrolled in the 400 level classes.

This surely is due in part to Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla, who lends his producer credits and tells the world that he's a big So Many Dynamos fan. Not a bad bragging point for the band. Flashlights, the bands previous full-length, recreates a live sound and gave a bright bright spotlight to the energy that SMD can deliver. Even Pitchfork liked it. But Walla, realizing the band's biggest strength, gives more detail and focus to the high-concentrate technical axe flair and fresh-cut electronics, which in turn, lets each song on The Loud Wars blaze by at least a few burning suns.

Singing, but mostly chanting, shouting or a combo of both, Aaron Stovall is a chatterbox and one that sounds a lot like Travis Morrison. In curt spews, he tosses out awesome nonsense about lame-ass parties ("Artifacts of Sound"), craving and using ("Keep It Simple"), or the novelty of haunting (It's been over a year now/and the novelty of haunting has worn off... want to see my friends now/I don't want to be a creep - "The Novelty of Haunting"). Parallel to the speed and chaos, Stovall lets his voice carry with the texture of the moment. For example, on "New Bones", a pattern of snappish, concise bits of samples and snare, Stovall maintains the same pattern for the entire track.

And in all these aspects The Loud Wars are perched for a killing, but it's easy to like even without the over-analyze. Their representation of what happens when math meets dance class has itself been well-represented by others, but So Many Dynamos might just be better at reeling in new students.

RIYLQ and Not U, The Dismemberment Plan, We Versus The Shark, Jawbox, Pattern Is Movement, Maps & Atlases
Where To LookMyspace | iTunes | Vagrant Records
 
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02:51 PM on 06/09/09
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thehereaway
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great album
03:04 PM on 06/09/09
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Julia Conny
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Love this album so so much.
03:11 PM on 06/09/09
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this could possibly become my favorite record of the year. BUY IT
03:14 PM on 06/09/09
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This is indeed a very, very good album.
03:37 PM on 06/09/09
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good album.
03:38 PM on 06/09/09
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This record comes with all of my support. Such a solid album. Amazing job as usual Julia, you continue to make my crush grow.

Oh and I'm showing the love too.
07:11 PM on 06/09/09
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I'm enjoying this one.
07:35 PM on 06/09/09
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These guys have always been awesome. I'm sure this album is too.
07:48 PM on 06/09/09
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This album is awesome -- perhaps 2009's incarnation of Antidotes? I liked Flashlights, but this is a big step up. For anyone wishing to hear the results of the one-night stand between Minus the Bear and Battles, here it is.
10:10 PM on 06/09/09
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This album is awesome -- perhaps 2009's incarnation of Antidotes? I liked Flashlights, but this is a big step up. For anyone wishing to hear the results of the one-night stand between Minus the Bear and Battles, here it is.
wow, somehow i never made the connection in my head. This is definitely 2009's Antidotes! You are a genius!
10:28 PM on 06/09/09
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This album is fabulous, as is the review. Missouri love.
08:06 AM on 06/10/09
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Glad to see so many people up on this gem. This is an example of when a band plays all the right cards.
08:54 AM on 06/10/09
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New rage album?
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Haven't heard their first effort yet, but this record is great!
09:20 AM on 06/10/09
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I think this album is perfect, I can't wait to see them live.
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