Interesting review and comment on Amazon for Hide and Seek:
3.0 out of 5 stars Just not the same as they used to be...
, October 11, 2012
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This review is from: Hide and Seek (Audio CD)
This album is pretty good. It has some distinct TBM sounds and interesting components but I think I will have to accept that the "Violet" and "Walking with Strangers" days are gone. Did the band reach their peak at that point? I'm not sure. I've been listening for years and have grown with this band. I suppose it would be different if I came onto the scene a few years ago but that is not the case. I understand trying new sounds and cleaning up vocals but I think TBM has become too polished. Some of the lyrics sound as if the only purpose was to make sure they rhymed with one another...not as passionate as the first three albums. This album is better than Pins and Needles was for sure but I just wish The Birthday Massacre would stop trying to break into mainstream by creating cleaned up tracks. Earlier albums sounded raw and passionate, not methodical and sing-songy. Even if the sound quality in earlier albums was not as good as later albums, I prefer that to overly "cleaned up" tracks. I'm sure this album will grow on me in some way...but I miss when I immediately connected with The Birthday Massacre's music instead of having to have their tracks grow on me. This is an honest review from a die heart fan. I am giving constructive criticism and am not about to say I love this album simply because it is new and from my favorite band. I am not suggesting they go back to the way they used to sound, I am merely suggesting they remember to stay true to themselves.
Some good insight Ryo.... but they are who they are and they do what they do. If they were "trying" to be a band then they might stay the same and crank out the Violet formula..... but they don't. The learn and they grow and, like the rest of us, they age. You may have a point with the "polished" part of the equation but the more you do your recording (they do all the tracks in their apartment in Toronto) the better you get. They have done a lot of recording and they are better at it. If Low Fi was part of what you loved about them, then yes, that is gone from TBM.
You have to remember that this band, like a lot of the great British bands of the 60's came out of a Fine Art program and it has never been anything other than an artistic endeavor since then. It is kind of interesting to read how some people wish they would stay the same and others wish they would change! Everyone has their opinion, and that is OK... but the artist/creator doesn't listen to everyone else... they follow their own path.
What might interest you to know is that Play With Fire was actually added from a side project that Rainbow is doing with someone else! To me it has more of the older vibe you are talking about and I like to think that Rainbow is "stretching" some more and that side album will be ready to go in the spring I think. He is doing the singing on it.
The band is on Facebook as they all are individually so I urge you, if you like what they do then "friend" them and get to know them better. They are great people and I think that they are creating a body of work that will be impressive for decades to come. Cheers.