The second problem is the Unnecessary Multiplicity Problem, which is that Pop Tarts are packaged in groups of two. In order to maximize freshness, one must eat both at once or risk a stale Pop Tart. Except in rare occasions, the marginal utility of the second Pop Tart is greatly diminished to the point of seeming bland, as its consumption is a totally identical experience to the previous Pop Tart.
The Anniversary's Designing a Nervous Breakdown is quite like a package of 10 Pop Tarts; it flourishes and fails in the same capacities. Upon listening to the first track, one is immediately struck by its sugary sweet goodness. Still, the The Anniversary Designing A Nervous Breakdown finds himself mentally trimming away some of the blander passages in order to more greatly enjoy the really good parts, in a fashion similar to the Crust Problem. The Unnecessary Multiplicity Problem also crops up, as every one of the 10 songs is nearly indistinguishable from the last.
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Authority control MusicBrainz : db41efebcea17e Categories : Alternative rock groups from Kansas American emo musical groups Musical groups from Kansas The Anniversary Designing A Nervous Breakdown groups established in Musical groups disestablished in Musical groups reestablished in Friday 19 The Anniversary Designing A Nervous Breakdown The Anniversary Designing A Nervous Breakdown 20 July Sunday 21 July Monday 22 July Tuesday 23 July Wednesday 24 July Angel Olsen My Woman Thursday 25 July Friday 26 July Saturday 27 July Sunday 28 July Monday 29 July Tuesday 30 July Wednesday 31 July Thursday 1 August Friday 2 August Saturday 3 August Sunday 4 August Monday 5 August Tuesday 6 August Wednesday 7 August Thursday 8 August Friday 9 August Saturday The Anniversary Designing A Nervous Breakdown August Sunday 11 August Monday 12 August Tuesday 13 August Wednesday 14 August Thursday 15 August Friday 16 August Saturday 17 August Sunday 18 August Monday 19 August Tuesday 20 August Wednesday 21 August Thursday 22 August Friday 23 August Saturday 24 August Sunday 25 August Monday 26 August Tuesday 27 August Wednesday 28 August Thursday 29 August Jellybread First Slice 30 August Saturday 31 August Sunday 1 September Monday The Anniversary Designing A Nervous Breakdown September Tuesday 3 September Wednesday 4 September Thursday 5 September Friday 6 September Saturday The Anniversary Designing A Nervous Breakdown September Sunday 8 September Monday 9 September Tuesday 10 September Wednesday 11 September Thursday 12 September With the only obvious flaw appearing on 'Designing for a Nervous Breakdown' being a slight bit of repetition, the record ends up being a near indie-rock classic that suffers most from chronic underexposure.
First and foremost, it's important to acknowledge the brilliance of The Anniversary's compositions: while not immediately glaring on the relatively standard opening track 'The The Anniversary Designing A Nervous Breakdown Is a Lonely Hunter', deeper cuts like the poppy, illustrious 'Hart Crane' or the triumphant closer 'Outro In No Minor' exemplify the quirky, unpredictable knack for songwriting that the band possesses.
Guitarists Josh Berwanger and Justin Roelofs trade off bar chord riffs and clean interludes, utilizing dirty distortion, grungy clean tones and acoustic interludes see 'Without Panasos' while the sonic backbone of The Anniversary's curious sound The Anniversary Designing A Nervous Breakdown built up by keyboardist Adrianne Verhoeven and bassist James David. Both musicians are given more-than-generous The Anniversary Designing A Nervous Breakdown moments that never become untasteful Bon Iver For Emma gratuitous see the introduction to 'Perfectly' ; managing to be technically impressive while still carrying the songs from introduction to conclusion seamlessly and dexterously.
The male-female dueling vocals of Berwanger and Verhoeven are also a perfect example of musical multitasking, balancing their fluid harmonies and indie-melodies with one another, while drummer Christian Jankowski pushes each song energetically and dramatically, providing an ample heartbeat to the majority of the album.
Even better yet, The Anniversary lives up to their impressive resume of talent in every facet of 'Designing for a Nervous Breakdown'; 'The D in Detroit' features impressive synth nintendo-shredder licks, 'All Things Ordinary' fulfills it's ultimate purpose as a catchy-as-hell dance-single and the ethereal 'Shu Shubat' lulls the listener carefully before reaching it's respective and satisfying climax.
I listened to this record over and over meticulously in search for an inherent flaw, and beyond discovering The Anniversary Designing A Nervous Breakdown it may be a bit repetitious not a problem for me, howeverI think the biggest problem with 'Designing for a Nervous Breakdown' is how little people have actually heard it. Whether it be difficult to find, whether it be viciously underpromoted by Vagrant Records, The Anniversary simply haven't gotten anywhere near the praise they deserve for this record.
The album seamlessly combines fun, diversity and relative technicality into a potpourri of musical experimentation that is wholly memorable, flexible and eclectic. Nearly a decade after it's release, I'm only stumbling upon it now but alas, as the familiar saying states: " it's better late than never ".
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