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As Tall as Lions - Into the Flood

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As Tall As LionsInto The Flood EP
Record Label: Triple Crown/East West Records
Release Date: November 27, 2007 (Digital only)
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
One of the funniest things about music is reading band blogs on myspace. Some groups are intelligent and profound (As Tall As Lions fit easily into this category), thus reading about what their dog did that day or about a new sweater purchase simply cracks me up. It’s hard for me to think of bands as normal, breathing people. In my mind they are entities living only inside my speakers (kind of like the Jukebox band in Shining Time Station). As Tall As Lions wowed me from the first time I heard “If I’m Not Out Burning” on an otherwise worthless compilation years ago. So reading a moderately lighthearted blog about putting an EP out quickly tickled the hairs on my neck, due to both fear and joy. The result was Into The Flood, and it’s apparent that time is but a number to Nigro and the dudes. They are humans, yes, but not like you and me. We think with a small percentage of our brains, while As Tall As Lions think with the entirety of their hearts.

If you need, take some time to dry your eyes. I’m blubbering like a big, cynical baby over here, too. Into The Flood couldn’t have come at a better time with its warm, fluttering atmospherics pushing the gloomy weather far away. “505” starts things off with long strums on a violin while songmaster Dan Nigro's scratchy wail wanders indiscriminately in the background. “Into The Flood” is a cross-section between the band’s two prior full-lengths. The pop of “Break Blossoms” and the freewheeling nature of “Ghosts Of York” make for, as you can guess, an unbelievably good track. Into The Flood takes a concise frame and expands the edges until they are completely unrecognizable. Then, slowly…

A feeling lacking proper adjectives takes over; the listener becomes a single note in a universe of guitar strums.

If you haven’t heard “Blacked Out,” the above statement might sound like hippy hogwash. (You might still feel that way after hearing the song, though.) Guitar effects not out of place on Dark Side Of The Moon ring in my ears. Nigro sings things like, “They bleed through the day / They creep through the night.” Where’s the warmth I yammed about? Well, it comes in the form of listening to a nearly flawless song. The snare drum dances about, the bass grooves slyly and guitars strum from a time machine stuck in the 60’s. I don’t even have to tell you how magnificent Nigro sounds. Throughout Into The Flood, he deceives. His delivery is slow and long, but there is never a hint of boredom or loss of urgency. He is truly a wonder, despite where such scene allegiances may lie. If this is what they can now do in six days, I can’t even imagine what “normal” circumstances will bring. But, I will wait as long as it takes, for there aren’t many bands getting better with each note. As Tall As Lions are, undoubtedly, one of those bands.

Recommended If You Like: Sleeping At Last, Alive In Wild Paint, vacations in Prague, Snow Patrol, haunted vineyards

Nothing feels so rightwww.myspace.com/astallaslions
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12:19 AM on 12/05/07
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Never listened to them before, but they don't seem too bad based off myspace tracks. Going to check them out later. Good review.
12:27 AM on 12/05/07
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Sweet. This is on the top of my list of music to buy.

Nice review.
04:31 AM on 12/05/07
tm decomposer
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I'll edit this when I come home.
06:42 AM on 12/05/07
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As Tall as Lions are so good. I can't wait to see them in March! I need this EP. By all accounts "Blacked Out" is an amazing song.
10:35 AM on 12/05/07
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great EP, nice review you did it justice
10:39 AM on 12/05/07
Saucey McRib
...and other disgusting food
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I don't think Nigro is the "songmaster." He's told me plenty of times that the band writes songs in a practice space together. Regardless, awesome EP.
10:43 AM on 12/05/07
Steve Henderson
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Hmmm, I would have rated a few categories higher, but well done overall.
10:46 AM on 12/05/07
Blake Solomon
A tree you cannot cut.
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Hmmm, I would have rated a few categories higher, but well done overall.

hit me with the deets. cual?
10:47 AM on 12/05/07
Blake Solomon
A tree you cannot cut.
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I don't think Nigro is the "songmaster." He's told me plenty of times that the band writes songs in a practice space together. Regardless, awesome EP.

didn't mean it like that, meant it like he's the one that sells/makes each track.
11:03 AM on 12/05/07
every shining time you arrive
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I'm excited to hear this. Their s/t album impressed me.
11:03 AM on 12/05/07
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Love ATAL and love Sleeping At Last even more... good review
11:12 AM on 12/05/07
Thiago (Tee-Ah-Go)
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A well deserved 9.25. This EP is amazing.

Great review as always Blake.
11:12 AM on 12/05/07
it's just not quite the season
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By far one of the best bands I've seen live. If you haven't gotten the chance to see them, do it next time they come through your town. You will not be disappointed.
11:15 AM on 12/05/07
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i can't wait to see them the day after Christmas :)

their music is so beautiful, it leaves me speechless.

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