Saturday, February 28, 2009

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: The Century of Self

Artist: ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Album: The Century of Self
Date Released: February 17, 2009
Genre: indie rock
Rating: 8.1

Review: The Trail of Dead have delivered yet another anthemic and powerful album. It's impossible to listen to Century of Self with the volume turned low. Century of Self's tracks are begging to be let out of their cages. The fists pump. There's no faux arena sound here; unlike Coldpay, the Trail of Dead still sound raw and indie.

But it's not all hells bells. Century of Self settles down at the midpoint as the band lays out a series of ballads. The track order may be far from perfect, but it's to be expected from a band that has rocked to their own beat since the very beginning.

Stand-out tracks: "Pictures of an Only Child, "Giants Causeway," "Far Pavilions," and "Isis Unveiled."

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