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The Lonely Forest Adding Up the Wasted Hours
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Record Label: Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
When a band is kept out of the loop for so long, it’s hard to get into the loop once the loop has been made and established. I feel like The Lonely Forest has been left out of a loop, and it’s unfair, because I can see this band being great colleagues to the likes of Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra. Perhaps a new loop needs to be made; these guys will be first ones in.

Their new album is a testament to the band and their abilities, and the first track “Pull the Pin and Forget” should “get your mind off things.” It captivates you with the back and forth guitar strumming in the intro and then at about the one minute, twenty second mark, it just goes for it. Some crazy electronics and then boom, they’re off.

I first got into this band after spending some time with their previous album “Arrows” which I must admit took me some time to like, but this new album “Adding Up the Wasted Hours”, you’ll love it on first listen, from the very first second to very last note.

This album really does gets your mind off things, so much so, I almost missed my train stop the other morning.

“Fire Breather” is the third track on the album and it is would say it’s my favourite track, but there’s something much greater later on. The way it charges forward when it needs to, and pulls back when it needs to is a mark of professionalism within the song writing that can’t go unnoticed, and the way it ever so progressively builds up into something massive is fantastic how they’ve made it creep up on the listener, I had to check to make sure I was listening to the same song the first time I listened to this album.

Track six, “Last Time”, is probably my favourite song of 2013, it’s defines the music that I like, it’s everything music should be to me; catchy, progressive, vocally interesting, musically enticing. It also shows off their Kevin Devine X Manchester Orchestra-esque sound to a tee.

The closer, “Stars Like Dust”, goes for just shy of 9 minutes and it is nothing short of an indie masterpiece, it doesn’t even feel like it’s very long either because it’s such an entertaining song. It does all the right things, and shows off how mature they are with their song writing and musicianship.

Are you still not sure about the album? Just buy it. You will not regret it for a second, I guarantee you.

Recommended if you like Kevin Devine, Manchester Orchestra, Bad Books, Into It. Over It., Portugal. The Man, Scattered Trees

Track listing 1. Pull the Pin and Forget
2. Lovric’s
3. Fire Breather
4. Left Hand Man
5. Neon Never Changes
6. Last Time [I Said Your Name]
7. Adding Up The Wasted Hours
8. Soundings In Fathoms
9. Lavender Dress
10. Warm/Happy
11. Stars Like Dust

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07:41 AM on 10/31/13
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11:19 AM on 10/31/13
Still the greatest
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Their last release was an album that instantly clicked for me. Great song structures, lyrics, album pacing. This one has some solid tracks, just doesn't have that impact.
06:25 AM on 11/01/13
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Their last release was an album that instantly clicked for me. Great song structures, lyrics, album pacing. This one has some solid tracks, just doesn't have that impact.
Yeah man I understand that, but this album clicked faster their other one for me. Their last one didn't click until I had it on shuffle and the track list was rearranged, this one clicked as soon as I pressed play.
04:04 PM on 12/18/13
I won't intentionally leave.
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Been meaning to check this out, but keep forgetting. I'll do it now that I've run into this review. Thanks!
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His voice reminds me a bit of Death Cab.

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