Dance Gavin Dance Review

artist: Dance Gavin Dance date: 11/09/2009 category: compact discs
Dance Gavin Dance: Dance Gavin Dance
Release Date: Aug 19, 2008
Label: Rise
Genres: Post-Hardcore, Emo
Number Of Tracks: 13
It's amazing work from start to finish and there are a lot of suprises, along with a decent amount of humour.
 Sound: 8.5
 Lyrics: 9.5
 Overall Impression: 9.5
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overall: 9.3
Dance Gavin Dance Reviewed by: unregistered, on august 19, 2008
1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Sound: With the less of Johnny Craig in late 2007, it seemed Dance Gavin Dance had lost the most important element of the band, a voice that many would say got them recognized. Not long after Johnny's departure, the band found their new singer Kurt Travis (formerly of Five Minute Ride) and began writing and recording almost immediately. The new album itself is a lot more complete than their previous effort, Downtown Battle Mountain, and is amazing to say the least. The band have stuck with the same half screamed/half melodic vocal idea and singers switch leads often, and Kurt's voice really shines on this record. Some old fans of the band might thn he is unable to replace Johnny but his addition has contributed the band's new sound, with the songs on this album being much me structured and catchier choruses than they have ever had before (Burning Down The Nicotine Armoire Pt. 2). The guitarwork is just fantastic, with strong guitarlines littered throughout everysong, the basswork is amazing and Matt kills on the drums. // 10

Lyrics: DGD are known for their crazy lyrics and this album definately isn't short of them, but that's one of the elements that makes the band unique, they'll throw anything they want into their music and still be able to pull it off. Kurt's parts really do show off his voice, and he proves to be very good with vocal melody, and their screamer Jon Mess still gets a very good amount of mic time, which is and extremely good thing as the songs just wouldn't be complete without him. // 9

Overall Impression: This is an extremely good album, and if you aren't familiar with thisband, just jump straight into this album. It's amazing work from start to finish and there are a lot of suprises, along with a decent amount of humour (Rock Solid for example). Most ipressive songs on the album are easily 'Uneasy Hearts Weigh The Most' for originality, Rock Solid, Burning Down The Nicotine Armoire Pt2, and their closing title 'People You Know' takes on a very different angle and is a great way to finish the album, with Jon having a very strong screaming part. There really isn't much to hate about this album and I would struggle to find any flaws because this is the new DGD, and DGD at their best. They've proved they don't need Johnny, and may have even emerged stronger in the long run. Get it. // 9

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overall: 9
Dance Gavin Dance Reviewed by: ninjagayden777, on november 09, 2009
0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: Dance have a sound that is all their own-constant,crazy soloing,melodic vocals, tight rhythm, and high, gutteral screams. They maximize the effectiveness of all of these elements on thier self-titled album, their third album and second on Rise Records. The album is very strong in that all of the songs are listenable without skipping a single track. The sound is very close to that of other melodic post-hardcore bands, such as Emarosa, Broadway, and Jamies Elsewhere. // 7

Lyrics: The lyrics on this album range from extremely creative to relatively confusing, John Mess's screamed parts containing most of the latter (If you're gonna wear the uniform then sell the f***ing cookies-Burning The Nicotine Armorie Pt. 2). Some very catchy melodies and choruses help escalate the music to an almost epic scale at times, ex. Caviar, Hot Water On Wool. Kurt Travis, the vocalist who repaced the amazing Johnny Craig, had a lot of weight to carry going into recording on this album, and he not only suceeds in filling his shoes, but also throws his own signature on the music so that you almost forget that Craig ever left. // 10

Overall Impression: Downtown Battle Mountain is still the band's best and strongest album, but this self-titled effort (aka. The Death Star Album) is a step in the right direction. The album is most enjoyable during the Hot Water On Wool songs, Alex English, Caviar, and Rock Solid, which features a spoken word conversation halfway through. The album caps off with People You Know, a completely screamed opus spawned from the weirdness that is John Mess, ending with the screamed line "We are all so full of f***ing sh*t!" Quite the way to top of fourty minutes of insane guitar work from lite-shredders Will Swan and Zac Garren. This is definately one of the few albums I'd immediately replace if it were lost or stolen. // 10

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