Circa Survive’s latest album had a 4-20 release, which I’m sad to report, is where the fun ends for this album. The lyrics are depressing, the music is slow and heavy alternative stadium rock, and never ever does the band let slip the tiniest show of irony. The album sounds old but without any of the retro cool. This album sounds like the generic new rock music they play on the Edge (Toronto), but from about 6 or so years ago. To me the sound seems to be begging for a goth or emo look to go with it, but thankfully, the band has stayed away from that kind of thing. My opinion of this album goes down even more when I realize the lead singer of the band is not a 15 year old girl at all, but a grown man. I have not been so simultaneously irritated and baffled by a rock vocalist since Getty Lee. I don’t know what else to say about this album, except don’t buy it. Unless you’re still pining for the goth hey-days of yester-decade.
© Natascha Malta, Music Vice